Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PA: Up to 20 years for home invasion: "They're admitting to forcing a family into their home, holding them at gunpoint, and then engaging in a gunfight in that house and putting five people at risk. They were there to rob the homeowners," alleged Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman. "It was terror beyond words." "But for the homeowner's catching them by surprise and defending his family with force, this could have turned out very differently." The investigation determined that at least 22 gunshots had been exchanged in and around the kitchen and living room. Ballistics experts determined that "at least three different guns were fired inside the home during this fierce, close-quarters battle". Killed during the shootout inside the home was Kieme Persons, 22, of District Heights, Md., who allegedly accompanied Stone and Lawson during the home invasion. Prosecutors previously ruled that homeowner Jermaine Edwards, who shot at the men in self-defense during the violent home invasion, will face no charges"

AL: Court upholds ruling to dismiss case against man who shot father: "The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the decision of a criminal court judge who dismissed a case involving a man accused of murdering his father. In September 2010, Jefferson County Criminal Court Judge Tommy Nail dismissed the state’s case against Robert “Bob” Carleton, 49, of Pell City, who was accused of murdering his 67-year-old father, William “Bill” Randolph Carleton Sr., after defense attorneys asked the court that their client be immune from prosecution based on a 2006 change in the self-defense law of the state, a “stand your ground” self-defense law that was enacted in 13 other states. He said his client told authorities his father tried to run him over in a Kubota all-terrain vehicle as he stood behind his truck on an access road to the family’s estate. Funderburg also said Carleton told authorities his father threatened to kill him. The suspect told authorities he shot his father in self-defense after he started to reach for a .22 caliber rifle hanging on a back gun rack of the ATV."

OR: Dog buyer shot: "The Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 2:50 p.m. Sunday from John Allen Curran, who told deputies that he had been attacked by a man later identified as Leland Michael Wright, 26, of Sweet Home. According to Curran, 30, who raises and trains Labrador retrievers, Wright arrived at his residence and asked about buying a dog. After taking him to look at the dogs, Curran said he walked with Wright to the driveway and that is when, Curran told deputies, Wright suddenly knocked him to the ground. Curran yelled for help then he realized no one was around, Mueller said. Curran next drew his .38 caliber revolver and fired one round, which struck Wright in the abdomen. Curran has a license to carry a concealed weapon. Curran told detectives that he doesn’t know Wright or what motivated the incident. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon."

PA: Father shoots robbery suspect: "A father came to the aid of his son Sunday night when three people tried to steal the teenager's dirt bike in West Philadelphia. It all unfolded shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the 4000 block of Green Street. Police say the father was nearby as three men tried to steal his son's dirt bike. Officials say two of the suspects were armed with guns. The teen's father allegedly pulled out his own gun and shot one of the suspects, critically wounding him. The wounded suspect was shot in the eye and was taken to The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators captured the two other suspects a short time later. Police say the father has a legal gun permit."

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