No charges in St. Louis home-defense shooting
Thursday, June 9, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors in St. Louis have declined to charge two people arrested for fatally shooting a man who had broken into a home.
Authorities decided the shooting was justified under Missouri’s “castle doctrine.” The 2007 law gives Missouri residents a right to defend themselves and their property. It says there is no duty to retreat from a home or vehicle if an intruder enters illegally.
Police say Emmett Terry was shot to death April 6 after breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and trying to attack her. Police had arrested a 29-year-old woman who had a restraining order against Terry. They also had arrested a 37-year-old man. Neither will be charged. Authorities say the woman fired the shots.
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