Saturday, February 21, 2009

Florida woman shoots husband. Acquitted: "A Brantley County jury acquitted a woman of murder and related charges Wednesday in the shooting death of her husband last year. Teresa McKinney, 47, of Waynesville was found not guilty of malice murder, felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault in the death of Jeffrey McKinney, 45. He was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle on Feb. 27 at their home and died a month later. Jurors deliberated 90 minutes before acquitting her in the death that her attorney, John Thigpen, argued was "justifiable homicide." "He beat her to pieces, just black and blue," Thigpen told the Times-Union after the verdict. "He beat her like she was a borrowed mule. She acted in self-defense, and it was justifiable homicide." McKinney, a retired school bus driver, testified she shot her husband after he repeatedly hit her in the head with a broomstick in an attack that began when he started cursing and verbally abusing her. After beating her, he left the house and she locked him out. Mc-Kinney told jurors she warned him that if he returned, she would kill him. She said he came back and smashed in a window with a bicycle in an effort to force his way into the home. McKinney said she feared for her life, so she fired several shots with a .30-06 rifle, .410-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle in an effort to scare him away. She said she didn't aim at him or try to kill her husband, an electrician. When he was shot, she called 911 for help. He was found wounded in the yard."

Nevada homeowner shoots and kills a suspected burglar: "Las Vegas police say a homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar after coming home and finding the person in his home. Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts says the homeowner likely would not be charged for the Sunday incident west of Nellis Air Force Base, but said the investigation was still in its early stages. Roberts says he does not know whether the burglary suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, was armed. Robert's says the homeowner's gun is registered."

Texas homeowner shoots robber: "The Ellis County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred before noon in the 200 block of Newton Road near Ferris. Sheriff Johnny Brown said the homeowners were in the process of moving when they returned to the residence to pick up another load of belongings. En route, they observed two male suspects coming out of the residence. As the two suspects went to drive away in an SUV later identified by authorities as stolen, the male homeowner exited his pickup to ask them what they were doing. The suspect vehicle then struck the homeowner's pickup and the homeowner, who suffered slight injuries. "The homeowner opened fire on them at that point," Brown said. The suspect vehicle then struck another vehicle that the homeowner's wife had exited before going out into a field and coming to a stop. "The passenger got out and ran. The driver-suspect was transported by air ambulance with gunshot wounds," Brown said."

Ohio intruder shot at: "Police are searching for a man who may have been shot while allegedly burglarizing a garage Wednesday night, Jan. 21. A man from the 200 block of West Southern Avenue reported hearing a burglar in his garage over a baby monitor he had installed to listen for break-ins, according to a police report. The man went outside with a handgun to investigate when the intruder lunged at him and the gun "went off," the victim told police. The burglar shouted "I'm dead, I'm dead" before escaping on foot, according to the report. Chief Stephen Moody of the Springfield Police Division said he could not confirm that the intruder had been wounded. "We found evidence at the scene which led us to believe he had been hit by gunfire," the chief said.

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