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Homeowner Kills Teen Burglary Suspect(TX)
myfoxdfw.com ^ | 26 May, 2011 | Brandon Todd

Posted on 05/27/2011 5:58:20 AM PDT by marktwain

FORT WORTH, Texas - A Fort Worth teenager is dead after police said he tried to break into a house and was shot.

The incident happened at about noon on Wednesday in the 1100 block of East Jefferson Avenue.

The homeowner said shortly after he returned home from work he heard a noise at his back window.

The man said he pulled back the blinds and saw a young man with a crow bar trying to pry the window open.

“He was coming in the house. He scared me. I didn’t know what else to do,” he said. “I put the clip in the gun and I clicked it thinking that he heard all that.”

But that didn’t work, he said.

“When I raised the blinds he was still there, like he was still coming in. He was almost in then. I didn’t know what else to do,” the man said. “When I raised the blinds up I shot him.”

Police believe that’s when 17-year-old Ernest Morris turned around and jumped over the fence. But he didn’t make it far. He died behind the house from a bullet wound to the chest.

Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.

“He was a wonderful son and I’m gonna miss him,” she said.

Morris said her son played football for Meadowbrook Middle School and Eastern Hills High School. But he seemed to be getting in trouble more often and ended up in an alternative school.

“They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do. But other than that he was a good person,” she said.

She wants answers as to why the homeowner didn’t do more to scare him away. She believes her son may have known the man’s daughter.

“I think it was the girl. To visit somebody, I think,” she said. “Some people like my sister, if I don’t answer the door my sister and them go and knock on my window.”

Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon said in Texas homeowners have the right to use deadly force if there is reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. Self defense laws are complex, and it’s usually left up to a grand jury to decide what’s right and wrong.

At this point the homeowner has not been arrested.

He said the incident sadly changed his life and the lives of the teenager’s family.

“A lot of people say, you know, you’re protecting this. You’re protecting your property. But to take somebody’s life, I gotta live with that for the rest of my life and I know his family has to live with it,” he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: badmother; banglist; defense; notmykid; poorparenting; turninglifearound; txhome
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To avoid being shot, simply do not break into someones house.
1 posted on 05/27/2011 5:58:24 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Don’t bring a crowbar to...


2 posted on 05/27/2011 5:59:25 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

yea he be comen to visit the home ownwers daughter by “tappen” on the window with a crow bar.Maybe he be wanten to bash the daugters head in with it also.


3 posted on 05/27/2011 6:03:10 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: marktwain

Yeah, what do they not get about that


4 posted on 05/27/2011 6:04:28 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: marktwain
Newsflash, mom...people knock on DOORS. If nobody answers, they LEAVE. They do NOT go around and try to pry open windows with a crowbar.

Oh, and if someone tries coming into my house that way, they'll get shot too. If he's trying that crap to get at my daughter, I'll shoot his ass TWICE.

Just admit you were a crappy parent and move on. One less career criminal on the street.
5 posted on 05/27/2011 6:04:41 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: marktwain

I HATE when an article paints a teen like a toddler. Okay, he was a teen BREAKING into someone’s house. Do people assume that a teenager can’t rape someone or slit someone’s throat? Want to act like a big boy and do things like the boy boy criminals do? Fine. Then you will be treated just like a big boy. (sorry for the vent, FReepers)


6 posted on 05/27/2011 6:05:28 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: marktwain

Ban unregistered crow bars!


7 posted on 05/27/2011 6:05:49 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: marktwain
“They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do. But other than that he was a good person,” she said.

Perhaps before shooting the poor fellow the homeowner should have gotten his name and done a Google search on him ... just to see if he was really a potential burglar/rapist/arsonist/killer and not just some good-but-misguided youth.

8 posted on 05/27/2011 6:07:41 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: marktwain
messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do

No ma'am they don't. Although in your neighborhood, perhaps.

9 posted on 05/27/2011 6:08:54 AM PDT by doodad
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To: marktwain
“I think it was the girl. To visit somebody, I think,” she said. “Some people like my sister, if I don’t answer the door my sister and them go and knock on my window.”

Some people talk because they have something to say. Other people say something because they have to talk.

10 posted on 05/27/2011 6:08:54 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: marktwain

““They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do. But other than that he was a good person,” she said. “

And this is why the kid is now room temperature.

Nice ‘support’ there mom..

“Normal” kids don’t go around fighting at school. Especially to the point that they have to be put in an ‘alternative school’ because they can’t control themselves.


11 posted on 05/27/2011 6:09:10 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.

ms. jacqueline morris, in my neck of the woods, your son received justice. Valuable lesson in this incident for you and mothers like you.

12 posted on 05/27/2011 6:10:04 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: marktwain

Simple cause-and-effect. Problem is now solved.


13 posted on 05/27/2011 6:10:36 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: marktwain

Stupidity is a capitol offense.......


14 posted on 05/27/2011 6:11:47 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: no-to-illegals

Hmmm, no mention of the father’s opinion on his son.


15 posted on 05/27/2011 6:12:18 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

He WAS a good boy! (except for when he was not)


16 posted on 05/27/2011 6:12:27 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (It's not what I do but the way I do it, it's not what I say but the way I say it. (Mae West))
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To: Oztrich Boy

“Some people like my sister, if I don’t answer the door my sister and them go and knock on my window.”

with a crowbar....


17 posted on 05/27/2011 6:14:12 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (It's not what I do but the way I do it, it's not what I say but the way I say it. (Mae West))
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To: marktwain

Nice to start Friday with a story that has a happy ending!


18 posted on 05/27/2011 6:15:24 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: marktwain

Outstanding!


19 posted on 05/27/2011 6:17:26 AM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: marktwain

Never try to enter a window that a bullet is exiting through.


20 posted on 05/27/2011 6:17:36 AM PDT by Greystoke
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To: marktwain
Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die.

She's right. She could have raised her son to do better than burgling houses. No-one forced him to take up a life of crime.

She wants justice for him.

Hurrah! She already has it ...

21 posted on 05/27/2011 6:21:37 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marktwain
Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.

Did anyone explain to this woman that we cannot put dead people on trial?

22 posted on 05/27/2011 6:29:08 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

And then maybe he should have had a nice sit down talk with the kid to talk about his feelings.... And why he is acting out /sarcasm


23 posted on 05/27/2011 6:29:58 AM PDT by Newton ('No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' -Ronald Reagan)
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To: marktwain

There is a profound tragedy here. The homeowner has a fearful burden to carry through his life, really through no fault of his own.

I even believe the mother: mother’s have a bias toward thinking their children are all right, and it is natural for children to be able to elicit affection from their parents. But it is just as certain that this was a bad kid. What happened to him would probably have happened later in his life, and maybe under worse circumstances, and with more harm to others.

Where was the anonymous father? The proportion of children from single-parent families is rising still. It first was a phenomenon of the “black community,” and now it has spread to the population generally: the fruits of moral breakdown and feminism. And what do the feminists say about this? They demonize men, and demand that they pay more “child support.” But that is not fathering in the full sense. The more payments for single parents, the greater the subsidy for this behavior, and the poorer and more crime-ridden we become.

I am sorry for all involved. I am even sorry for that kid, who wasted his natural talents and his life, and hurt everyone around him (even his indulgent mommy).


24 posted on 05/27/2011 6:31:17 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: Greystoke
Never try to enter a window that a bullet is exiting through.

Windows are not cheap. Will the mother of this suspect, since he was a minor, be made to pay for the damages her son caused to the window?

25 posted on 05/27/2011 6:32:09 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: marktwain

Mom thought this was a Frank Capra film, but instead, it was a Quentin Terantino film. Surprise!


26 posted on 05/27/2011 6:36:10 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Wow, that lady has one bad case of denial about who and what her kid was.


27 posted on 05/27/2011 6:36:48 AM PDT by super7man
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To: marktwain

Good thing this happened in Texas and not somewhere more “progressive.”


28 posted on 05/27/2011 6:40:54 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: marktwain

Quanell X will be in Fort Worth soon.


29 posted on 05/27/2011 6:43:11 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: pnh102

“Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.”

then-

“Did anyone explain to this woman that we cannot put dead people on trial?”

conclusion-

I believe the young man would have to plead “no contest”!


30 posted on 05/27/2011 6:45:51 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: pnh102

“Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.”

then-

“Did anyone explain to this woman that we cannot put dead people on trial?”

my conclusion-

I believe the young man would have to plead “no contest”!


31 posted on 05/27/2011 6:46:18 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: marktwain
She wants justice for him.

She no longer has to want. Justice has been served.

32 posted on 05/27/2011 6:47:19 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: marktwain

I am convinced that the reason blacks want gun control is so that their kids won’t get killed while committing crimes.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 6:47:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: marktwain
“She wants justice for him”?!?!?!?!
He got justice. The only other thing that I can think of that would qualify as justice would be to bring him back to life and toss him in jail for 30 years.

Lady, you raised your kid to be scum. He got what he deserved.

“She wants answers as to why the homeowner didn’t do more to scare him away”
It’s not the homeowner’s responsibility to correct your son. You raised him to be a dirtbag, it’s much more your fault than it could ever be the innocent homeowner’s.

Visit somebody with a crowbar? That family is some trash that makes the Beans of Egypt Maine seem like high society.
“Some people like my sister, if I don’t answer the door my sister and them go and knock on my window. …and the generally my durn sister jest opens up the doggone winder with her crowbar if’n I don’t let her in. In my family my mother, my sister, my mother, my sister, lets herself in all the time through the winder with a crowbar. Hit’s normal. Ever’body doz it.”
At this point the homeowner has not been arrested….and should never be.
“A lot of people say, you know, you’re protecting this. You’re protecting your property.” You’re also protecting your own life. If someone breaks into your house, your life is definitely in danger. Who knows what an animal that is so out of touch with civilization that he thinks it’s OK to break into a person’s home may do. Not only that, she should’ve taught her lazy son to earn some money at a job instead of thinking that he’s entitled to just take what other people have worked hard for.

Lady, your son in burning in Hell right now. I hope YOU spend your life thinking about your nearly nonexistent, feral parenting “skills”

34 posted on 05/27/2011 6:48:27 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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“They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school...”

I wonder if the ticket will still have to be paid?


35 posted on 05/27/2011 6:53:59 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: sbMKE
*Ban unregistered crow bars!*

And glass mugs.

And large rocks.

And small rocks.

And pointed sticks.

And twigs.

And plush toys.

And choking hazard toys.

And Legos.

36 posted on 05/27/2011 6:54:26 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
*”They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do. But other than that he was a good person,” she said. “
Perhaps before shooting the poor fellow the homeowner should have gotten his name and done a Google search on him ... just to see if he was really a potential burglar/rapist/arsonist/killer and not just some good-but-misguided youth.*

“Them extry kromosew ‘ems warnt no fault of hzn. He was just born that-a-way. Hiz Daddy, hiz uncle, hiz daddy, hiz uncle had ‘em too.

Pore little feller, he didn’t git to be raised up by a daddy like most boys, cuz his daddy, hiz uncle hiz daddy his uncle had to go to prison fer life after decapitatin’ somebody in a bar fight. You know, like most folks do.”

37 posted on 05/27/2011 7:00:09 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: doodad
Hmmm, no mention of the father’s opinion on his son.

Quite possibly because the mother doesn't know which overnight guest the father was. 17 years is long time to keep written records when the ring binders fill up so fast.

OTOH, she may know who he is but not where he's incarcerated at this particular time. A diligent TV reporter might be able to track him down, but I doubt that he or she could get a statement from him that would be intelligible to viewers whose native language isn't Ghettoese.

38 posted on 05/27/2011 7:07:31 AM PDT by epow (A socialist is a communist who hasn't built enough gulags yet to hold all the Christians.)
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To: marktwain
That’s the normal thing childs do.

She believes her son may have known the man’s daughter.

This is simply unbelievable. This woman has absolutely no value system. Her value system is that whatever she and her family do is okay, and whatever laws, rules or other peoples' rights that get in the way are wrong. Anarchy at its finest hour.

P.S. -- Yeah, go ahead and see my daughter with an unauthorized visit and y'all don't get too loud with that heavy breathing in the bedroom back there, ya heah? Oh, and if she doesn't approve and starts to scream, cover her mouth up.

39 posted on 05/27/2011 7:16:02 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: marktwain

Picture of a "good boy, who played football, had friends, and didn't deserve to die".

Check out "MAMA".....WE HAVE VIDEO! My Fox DFW VIDEO of shooter and "mama".

Shooter sounds smarter than his fellow neighbors.

40 posted on 05/27/2011 7:23:23 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: marktwain
Jacqueline Morris doesn’t believe her son had to die. She wants justice for him.

“He was a wonderful son and I’m gonna miss him,” she said.

I am beginning to believe that, under certain circumstances, we need to bring the parents of young felons and lock them up, too. I suspect the cops could make a good case for arresting Jacqueline Morris for "receiving stolen goods" or something similar.
41 posted on 05/27/2011 7:24:12 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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He WAS a good boy! (except for when he was not)

Sounds like what Aunt Mary used to say about Uncle Bob: "When he wasn't drinking he was the soberest guy around!"

42 posted on 05/27/2011 7:30:59 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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“They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do.

And there we see the deep psychopathology not only of the late unalamented perp and his ever lovin' mama, but of the entire "culture" they live in. For them, childhood criminality is "normal". NOTHING good will come of that.

43 posted on 05/27/2011 7:31:36 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: PATRIOT1876
And glass mugs.
And large rocks.
And small rocks.
And pointed sticks.
And twigs.
And plush toys.
And choking hazard toys.
And Legos.

DONT FORGET ABOUT BANANAS!

44 posted on 05/27/2011 7:35:02 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: DCBryan1

What about pointed sticks?


45 posted on 05/27/2011 7:36:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
What about pointed sticks?

"POINTED STICK!? Oh, oh, oh. We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh? Well I'll tell you something my lad.

When you're walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after you with a bunch of loganberries, don't come crying to me! Now, the passion fruit. When your assailant lunges at you with a passion fruit..."

46 posted on 05/27/2011 7:42:34 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: DCBryan1

What if he’s got a bunch?


47 posted on 05/27/2011 7:43:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PATRIOT1876

“And Legos.”

[Sputtersputter] You go too far, sirrah! HarrUMPH!
:-)

Colonel, USAFR


48 posted on 05/27/2011 7:49:32 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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“They said he got a ticket and go to court messin’ up, havin’ fights at school. That’s the normal thing childs do. But other than that he was a good person,” ,(his mother says)

Seems far from normal to me, unless this mother thinks that it is okay to break in to homes? Giving her son a pass for his behavior throughout his life, helped bring this on.

49 posted on 05/27/2011 7:50:35 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: dfwgator

Shut up!

Right now you, Mr Apricot. Come at me with the banana!

50 posted on 05/27/2011 7:56:55 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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