Sunday, October 21, 2007

Alabama Couple Catch Burglar, Make Him Clean Up at Gunpoint: "A burglar in Montgomery chose the wrong family to mess with, literally. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned to their Centennial Hill home Tuesday after a week away to find that thieves had emptied almost everything the family of five owned, Tiffany McKinnon said through tears. "Tears just rolled down my face as I walked in and saw everything gone and piles of trash all over my home," she said. Adrian McKinnon sent his wife to see her sister while he inspected the piles left behind. As he walked back into the sunroom, a man walked through the back door straight into him, Tiffany McKinnon told the Montgomery Advertiser in a story Thursday. "My husband Adrian caught the thief red-handed in our home," she said. "And what is even crazier, the man even had my husband's hat sitting right on his head." Adrian McKinnon held the suspect, 33-year-old Tajuan Bullock, at gunpoint and told him to sit on the floor until he decided what to do. "We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabi-nets onto the floor," Tiffany McKinnon said. When police arrived, Bullock complained about being forced to clean the home at gunpoint. "This man had the nerve to raise sand about us making him clean up the mess he made in my house," she said. "The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead."

Louisiana: Two Injured, One Charged in Early Morning Shooting: "A third shooting occurred just after midnight in the 2900 block of Penick Street in Queensborough, after police got a call from a cab driver that two men had been shot. The Yellow Checker cab driver told police a man, Luther McDuffy, 34, had been driven with two women to a vacant house on Penick, where the three passengers walked up to the house to talk to several people standing outside. “That’s when the cab driver said he heard gunfire and saw muzzle flashes,” police spokesman Randy Patrick said. The crowd quickly dispersed, with two men, McDuffy and Randy Bennett, 33, shot several times each and lying in the yard. Both were taken to LSU Hospital by fire medics. McDuffy told investigators that he exchanged gunfire with Bennett after the other man tried to rob him. Bennett told police he was walking down the street when other people started shooting and he was wounded. Police recovered cash and at least two different calibers of shell casings at the scene. Bennett, who police faces one count of attempted first-degree murder, was in at LSU Hospital after surgery, with no condition available, while McDuffy was in fair condition there."

New Mexico: Charges dismissed for man accused of killing brother: "The Bloomfield man accused of killing his brother in July had all charges dismissed after a preliminary hearing Friday. Armon Martinez, 24, had been charged with first-degree murder for shooting his older brother Roman three times on July 24, 2007, after repeatedly receiving violent threats from him. By dropping the charges, Magistrate Judge William Vincent expressed that he interpreted the shooting as one of self-defense. The case for self-defense was best made in the testimony of Armon's brother, Jerome, who told the court Armon was backing up, telling his brother to "get back" as Roman approached while yelling threats. "If a man can break you in half with his bare hands, most of us would feel it's perfectly acceptable to arm yourself and defend yourself against such a man," Defense Attorney Gary Mitchell said, referring to Roman's powerful build and demeanor.... Roman, who several family members testified was incredibly violent when he was drunk, had threatened Armon throughout the day while Armon was serving as Roman's designated driver, as well as in the preceding days. Arnold Martinez, the men's father, told the court he was "petrified" of Roman, and had even attempted to file a restraining order against Roman the day he was killed."

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