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It's not very often a news organization will report anything favorable about gun owners so kudos to the Dallas news!

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...gnettes_20met.ART.State.Edition1.377858e.html


Recent Cases Relating To Castle Laws

12:00 AM CST on Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lethal force against intruders was widely used in America long before the rise of castle laws, and police today report cases across the country whether or not such laws are in place. Here are recent cases from Dallas and across the country:


Musician killed outside neighbor's home

A well-known Dallas musician who beat up his girlfriend and then tried to kick in his neighbor's door in a drunken rage was killed Sept. 3 after being shot in the head by the neighbor, who thought he was a burglar.

Carter Albrecht, 34, was a guitarist and keyboardist best known for his work with Dallas rock band Sorta, as well as Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.

After hitting his girlfriend several times in the face, Mr. Albrecht followed her as she fled her apartment, but she was able to duck inside again and lock the door, she told police. Mr. Albrecht went to the back of a neighbor's home, kicking and banging on the door.

The neighbor yelled at him to stop, but he didn't, so the neighbor shot once at the top of the door. The bullet struck Mr. Albrecht in the head, and he died at the scene. Police declined to file charges against the neighbor.


Business owner kills 2 suspected burglars

A Dallas man shot and killed two suspected burglars in three weeks when they attempted to break into his West Dallas business.

James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding, was alerted to an intruder Oct. 14 when his motion-sensor alarm sounded. Mr. Walton, 70, who lives at his business, went downstairs with his shotgun and fired at a man who had broken in. The intruder, Jimmy Gannon of Ferris, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he died of his wounds.

On Sept. 22, Mr. Walton shot and killed a man he saw climbing through a pried-open window at his business. The intruder was later identified as Raul Laureles.

In both cases, a Dallas County grand jury declined to indict Mr. Walton.


Man shoots another during attempted robbery

A man smelling of alcohol entered Joe's Cleaners in Far East Dallas on Oct. 8, left and returned a few minutes later with a gun. "The money's over there. Go get it," owner Joseph Baggett told him as his wife ducked around a corner.

The robber, later identified as Larry Lewis, ignored him and pressed a gun against the back of Mr. Baggett's head. As they moved toward the back, Mr. Baggett's wife emerged behind them, holding his 9 mm handgun. "Stop or I'll shoot you," she said.

Mr. Baggett felt the pistol move from the back of his head, and the men struggled for a moment until Mr. Baggett pushed Mr. Lewis away. Mr. Baggett's wife handed him his gun and he fired three times, striking the robber once in the face.

He died at the scene. Police said the shooting was justifiable.


76-year-old shoots home intruder with shotgun

Eldridge Davis, 76, shot an intruder who police say forced his way into the east Oak Cliff man's house Nov. 20.

The two men struggled until Mr. Davis pulled a shotgun from beneath his bed and shot 28-year-old Rodrick Dewayne Hampton in the hand, shoulder and face.

Mr. Hampton was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for treatment. Police declined to file charges against Mr. Davis.


Woman kills beer thief at convenience store

A woman working alone at an Old East Dallas convenience store in 2005 shot and killed a man who walked out without paying for two cases of beer.

As 32-year-old Joshua Coleman walked out the door, Basy Thach grabbed a pistol from beneath the counter and demanded that he stop. When he didn't, she shot him in the back.

Ms. Thach told police that because the man had tattoos, she felt threatened.

Police arrested her on suspicion of murder because Mr. Coleman was unarmed. A Dallas County grand jury declined to indict her.



TEXAS

State Rep. Borris Miles of Houston – who voted against Texas' castle law – shot and wounded a man he said was trying to steal copper from his new home in July. Mr. Miles was upstairs in the home, then still under construction, when he heard noise downstairs. He found two men cutting pipes. When he yelled, one threw a pocketknife, and Mr. Miles, who has a concealed-handgun permit, shot the man in the leg. He was not charged in the case.



A man who forced his way into a home in Copperas Cove this month was shot and killed by the homeowner. The intruder "entered the residence unlawfully and apparently used physical force against the homeowner," police said. The man was shot several times in the upper torso and died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. The case is under investigation.


NATIONAL

A 23-year-old prostitute in Port Richey, Fla., killed a longtime client in July 2006 when he threatened to shoot her, then kill himself. The woman grabbed the gun from the 72-year-old man and shot him. The state attorney's office declined to charge her, citing a provision in Florida's castle law that removed a requirement to retreat if possible.



A photographer working alone in his studio in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October heard noises – a bang at the front door and then a loud crash. Grabbing his handgun, he confronted an intruder and ordered him to leave. According to police, the intruder moved toward the man with something in his hand – a brick inside two plastic bags – and the photographer shot and killed him. The county prosecutor didn't charge the photographer, ruling he had acted in self-defense. Michigan is a castle law state.



A Huntsville, Ala., man was killed Jan. 13 after he tried to crawl through the window of a neighbor's apartment, apparently after an evening of drinking. Locked out of his apartment, the man tried to get in through a window but mistook the neighbor's apartment for his own. The neighbor, thinking the man was a burglar, shot and killed him. No charges were filed, police said, but the case will go to a grand jury. Alabama has a castle law.


Staff writer Michael E. Young compiled this report through interviews, police records and media accounts.
 

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State Rep. Borris Miles of Houston – who voted against Texas' castle law – shot and wounded a man . . .
Could be more proof that the old adage is true:
A new conservative is a liberal who has just been mugged.
 

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Could be more proof that the old adage is true:
A new conservative is a liberal who has just been mugged.
I hate to say it but....Maybe we need to see more of these occurances!!
 

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Anyone interested in Florida law concering legal issue about firearms, sef-defense etc... may want to check orlandocriminallawyer.blogspot.com. The attorney has a column in the Sportsman's gazette.
 

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Is Texas a great state or what?

The Dallas Morning News is a fairly liberal rag too.
"Other states are tryin' to abolish the death penalty. MY state is putting in an EXPRESS LANE!" - Comedian Ron White :biglaugh:
 

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It just warms my heart to read accounts like those! Maybe we can put a dent in the national debt by eliminating court, appeal, and imprisonment costs.
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We just got the law in Missouri this past year. Go MO.
 

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Hi Nine-Shooter:
The Castle Doctrine was something we inherited from English common law. Every man's house is his castle which not even the King can enter unlawfully. Our 4th ammendment.
Required reading EvenStephen. Attorney Jon Gutmacher is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instuctor and a referral attorney for NRA among other things. Besides his blog, he has a web site floridafirearmslaw.com.
 

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They just defeated a bill here in Colorado that would have extended the castle law to include not just your home and vehicle but businesses as well.
 

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I always thought that such a law should be unnecessary (as I also believe that CWP, etc. laws are also unnecessary), as the 2nd Amendment, as well as what one would consider the natural right to defend one's self and property, should be enough. That said, I'm glad that there's some positive press on this ... I just don't know if I like the precedence of the government getting to say when and if we can defend ourselves.
 

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I always thought that such a law should be unnecessary (as I also believe that CWP, etc. laws are also unnecessary), as the 2nd Amendment, as well as what one would consider the natural right to defend one's self and property, should be enough.
In principle, I agree. But the best part of the Texas "castle doctrine" law (not positive about other states) is that neither surviving criminals nor dead criminals families can sue the home defender in civil court. That is something not implicitly covered in the Second Ammendment.
 
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