ravedavewave said:While Texas law may exonerate this man for this shooting, he is ceratinly no hero. Texas law allows that in certain circumstance force CAN be used, it doesn't mean that it SHOULD be used in all cases. He seemingly had no reason to confront these men who WERE fleeing the scene. There has been no mention that these guys were armed, so it should be assumed that they weren't. He was told that officers were in route and he was to remain in his house until they could get there. Had the offenders attempted to enter the guy's house, then it would be a different story. On a personal level, I certainly wouldn't want my neighbor to kill someone because they stole some of my "stuff" while I was away. I also feel this guy had decided to shoot these criminals long before they made the mistake of robbing a house next to his.
I'm not sure if your post was in response to mine but I was referring to this part of the article...Grimwulff said:He is in Texas, couple of miles from my house, so don't speak of state laws you don't know about.
You have the right to defend your nieghbor's property in Texas.
So... it doesn't have to be HIS property.
...which seems to conflict with the fact that it was not his home. But if Texas law allows it, then Texas law allows it. I couldn't do it.Horn tells the dispatcher that he understands his rights and even makes reference to the September 1 expansion that gives homeowners greater protection from prosecution should they choose to confront someone breaking into their home.
chilewhat said:man, I wanna live in Texas.
Book'emDano said:This guy will be facing murder charges. Defense of habitation (home) is never an excuse in it self for murder. You can't kill anyone over property, you must be in iminent fear of your life, and if the guy is leaving, all bad...