Tuesday, February 07, 2012

TX: teen not guilty of slaying pedophile father in self-defense: "When the 12-year-old girl's father walked in on her as she bathed, it was the first time she had ever stood up to his repeated sexual assaults and said, "No!" Mark Nelson, 38, backed out - with a warning. "You're going to regret this," he said. "You're going to be sorry." It was an ominous threat jurors heard about during the girl's four-week trial in a Harris County courtroom. She sat in the chilly tub and waited for him to go bed, adding hot water to stay warm. When she was sure he was asleep, she crept up to his bed, reached for the gun between the mattress and the box springs and shot him in the back of the head. During long hours of testimony, some from experts who interviewed the girl, the jury heard about outcries of repeated sexual abuse. They also heard about her father's history of violence, including choking incidents with two other women and the girl."

Intruder killed at Arkansas apartment: "Fayetteville police say that a man crawled through a window at the Green Apartments, and was confronted by the homeowner who was armed with a handgun. The homeowner asked him to leave and he did, but a few minutes later the intruder went back through the same window and the homeowner shot him. Police say the intruder lived in the same apartment complex and was possibly trying to get into the wrong apartment. "Well if it was a case of self-defense then yes, he would have a right to shoot him, but I think to shoot somebody you know, I think it'd have to be a necessary means," said one neighbor. Police have not yet released the name of the victim or suspect."

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