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Chief: Home-invasion shooting 'clearly self-defense'(NC)
charlotteobserver.com ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Posted on 04/12/2012 8:47:07 AM PDT by marktwain

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Wednesday that a shooting involving a man who killed a would-be burglar who was kicking down his girlfriend’s apartment door was “clearly a case of self-defense.”

It took detectives and prosecutors a matter of hours to determine that the shooting Tuesday in a quiet east Charlotte neighborhood was within the boundaries of the law.

“The (shooter) was defending himself and his property from a criminal act,” Monroe told the Observer. “It was clear he was protecting himself.”

Self-defense laws have come under scrutiny in recent months after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Florida by an armed neighborhood watch volunteer.

North Carolina’s “castle doctrine” law, enacted last year, expands the rights of residents to use deadly force to protect themselves if they fear for their lives.

The “castle doctrine” provides protection from criminal and civil penalties for those who use guns to defend themselves in their homes, cars and workplaces. The law also expands the number of places where someone with a concealed-handgun permit may carry their firearms, including state parks and rest areas.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray has said the law covers anyone “who uses deadly force to legitimately protect themselves from harm or death.” However, if the evidence shows excessive force was used, he said, prosecutors could indict the shooter for murder.

“We have to evaluate the situation – the facts – to determine if the person used deadly force because they had a real fear of bodily harm or death,” he told the Observer recently. “We’ve got to look at the evidence and whether the force used was necessary given the situation.”

In the east Charlotte case, the shooter was alone in his girlfriend’s home on Rolling Hill Road at the time of the shooting.

Homicide detectives say the shooter had seen a car in the driveway and spotted a person walking to the back of the house. A short time later, he heard someone trying to kick in the rear door.

The man yelled that he was at home, but the intruder continued to kick at the door. At that point, the man inside fired one shot through the back door, police say, striking Anthony Michael Aykroid, 23. Aykroid was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Aykroid’s girlfriend, Krystina Michelle Misskelley, 25, told investigators she drove Aykroid to the home, where the couple intended to steal property. She was waiting outside with the car running as Aykroid was shot, according to police. Misskelley was charged with attempted breaking and entering and was being held in the Mecklenburg jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. In 2005, Misskelley was found guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police did not release the identity of the shooter, but NewsChannel 36, the Observer’s news partner, cited neighbors who identified him as Brad Griffith. They said he was a military veteran who recently returned from Iraq. According to the State Bureau of Investigation, Griffith was issued a concealed-weapons permit Sept. 15.

A woman who answered the phone at a number listed for Griffith said he wasn’t available, then hung up.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; charlotte; charlottenc; defense; home; homeinvasion; nc; selfdefense
Do not mess with a veteran of Iraq.
1 posted on 04/12/2012 8:47:17 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Knock knock.

BLAM BLAM.

Out go the lights!

2 posted on 04/12/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: All

When you decide to break into a person’s home, steal their property, or assault their person, anything and EVERYTHING bad that happens is simply a direct result of your bad decision.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 8:59:20 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: marktwain
Police said Aykroid’s girlfriend, Krystina Michelle Misskelley, 25, told investigators she drove Aykroid to the home, where the couple intended to steal property.

What ever happened to taking your girlfriend out for dinner, or a movie?

But, more disturbing is the POS journalist who published the name and address of the shooter.

4 posted on 04/12/2012 9:01:07 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: marktwain

Maybe people should begin leaving their doors unlocked while they are at home. Saves the cost of a door - if it’s broken down by the excrement trying to invade, or from a bullet hole in this instance. Defending yourself should cost you nothing but the price of a bullet.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 9:03:52 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: Maverick68

“When you decide to break into a person’s home, steal their property, or assault their person, anything and EVERYTHING bad that happens is simply a direct result of your bad decision.”

I couldn’t agree more. However, in this political climate I am very leery of the DA’s comments about needing to evaluate the facts of the case. I don’t know why, but after the Zimmerman arrest yesterday I find myself feeling little trust that those in law enforcement will do the right thing in the face of adversity.


6 posted on 04/12/2012 9:04:05 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: Maverick68

>>When you decide to break into a person’s home, steal their property, or assault their person, anything and EVERYTHING bad that happens is simply a direct result of your bad decision.<<

It’s obvious from all the stories in here lately that a large number of home invaders are being shot, yet you’d never know that from national press coverage, which is promulgated by liberals who want the 2nd Amendment neutered.

Perhaps it the MSM would actually publicize the tremendous number of invaders shot each week by armed residents, the perpetrators would get a clearer picture of the risks and find another way to acquire wealth?

As things now stand, if they get their news from the MSM, breaking into a home seems nearly a risk-free endeavor. Just a thought.


7 posted on 04/12/2012 9:10:28 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: marktwain

Misskelly's mug.
8 posted on 04/12/2012 9:10:34 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: MNGal

Just now it seems that the race(s) of the involved parties determine the outcomes of the investigations.


9 posted on 04/12/2012 9:11:13 AM PDT by Rio
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10 posted on 04/12/2012 9:17:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: MNGal
However, in this political climate I am very leery of the DA’s comments about needing to evaluate the facts of the case. I don’t know why, but after the Zimmerman arrest yesterday I find myself feeling little trust that those in law enforcement will do the right thing in the face of adversity.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray (who probably carries concealed, and has a host of men-at-arms at his call) has said the law covers anyone any peasant “who uses deadly force to legitimately protect themselves from harm or death” (unless it doesn't). However, if the evidence shows excessive force was used, he said, prosecutors could indict the shooter peasant for murder. “We have to evaluate the situation – the facts – to determine if the person peasant used deadly force because they had a real fear of bodily harm or death,” he told the Observer recently. “We’ve got to look at the evidence and whether the force used was necessary given the situation.”

We are all George Zimmerman.

11 posted on 04/12/2012 9:35:40 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: marktwain
Liberals are going after our rights to defend ourselves AND they're attacking neighborhood watch groups. Watch groups that were formed when the vast majority of police protection was siphoned off to babysit black communities. Honest citizens are forced to provide for their own safety and protection - buying home Security Systems and forming neighborhood watch groups.

This is wrong.

If we're not allowed to protect ourselves, neighborhoods should get equal police protection. OR pay for what we use - just like water or electricity. If people in the black community want to leave their outdoor hoses running - and not fix the faucet leaks in their homes - fine. But I don't want to have my water bill 'averaged' with theirs.

Same for police protection. If the black community becomes more lawless without 24/7 cops - ( hard to believe) they can install home security systems and create their own 'watch' teams. OR they can pay extra for police protection - BECAUSE I'M SICK of paying for cops to babysit their communities...

12 posted on 04/12/2012 9:43:47 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Meth user, bank on it.


13 posted on 04/12/2012 9:48:09 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

It’s possible both were meth heads. Hitler’s legacy lives on in these idiots.


14 posted on 04/12/2012 9:53:54 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: Enterprise; Maverick68; Hodar; fwdude; MNGal; Norseman; Jack Hydrazine; Rio; kiryandil; ...
Liberals are going after our rights to defend ourselves AND they're attacking neighborhood watch groups. Watch groups that were formed when the vast majority of police protection was siphoned off to babysit black communities.

Honest citizens are forced to provide for their own safety and protection - buying home Security Systems and forming neighborhood watch groups - while still paying taxes for 'police protection'.

This is wrong.

Neighborhoods should get equal police protection OR pay less. OR for what we use - just like water or electricity. If people in lawless communities want to leave their outdoor hoses running - and not fix the faucet leaks in their homes - fine. But I don't want to have my water bill 'averaged' with theirs.

Same for police protection. If the black community becomes more lawless without 24/7 cops - ( hard to believe) they can install home security systems and create their own 'watch' teams. OR they can pay extra for police protection - BECAUSE I'M SICK of paying for cops to babysit lawless communities...

15 posted on 04/12/2012 9:57:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: marktwain

I have always said that the 2 best friends anyone can have are SMITH & WESSON. The way things are, any one that doesn’t carry their 2 best friend anywhere they go in or out side their homes are not very smart. Let’s face it, we are becoming and armed camp, and we are sitting on top of a powder keg, just waiting for someone to light the fuse. This is what this FAKE MESSIAH has brought us. Is everyone convinced that we have to get rid of this COMMUNIST come election time?


16 posted on 04/12/2012 10:00:28 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: marktwain

Another self-defense while white? Better get the New Black Panthers to “suit up and boot up!”


17 posted on 04/12/2012 10:01:50 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: GOPJ
Right on!

Power To The Peasants!

18 posted on 04/12/2012 10:01:59 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Norseman
Perhaps it the MSM would actually publicize the tremendous number of invaders shot each week by armed residents

Ummmmm....do you have a link or some stats that back that statement up?

I'm just not seeing "tremendous" numbers...

19 posted on 04/12/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Osage Orange
I'm just not seeing "tremendous" numbers...

No, not tremendous numbers, but enough to catch peoples attention. Your tagline says it all. The MSM does not want the ordinary person (peasant) to know that homeowners can successfully and legaly defend themselves against home invaders.

It has this predictable effect of changing their entire mindset.

20 posted on 04/12/2012 12:55:21 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Osage Orange

>>I’m just not seeing “tremendous” numbers...<<

No, I don’t have a link. The NRA publishes on the order of a dozen or so in their Armed Citizen section every month however. I always sort of assumed that was most of them (since we never hear of hardly any of them through the MSM.)

However, lately posters have been covering cases from all over the country in here pretty regularly and it’s rare to go a day without two to four new cases reported. My use of “tremendous” may have been overstated, but I was trying to make the point that the MSM ignores nearly all of what are at least hundreds of cases of successful armed self defense cases per year, maybe even thousands.

To illustrate the opposite situation, if one, just one, case of a legally concealed carry weapon was used to shoot up a bar or a heated sports event anywhere in the country, it would be national news nonstop for weeks. The silence speaks volumes in that regard.

My tongue-in-cheek point was that while the MSM badly wants one such case so they can report it, they refuse to report the hundreds of cases (again, perhaps even thousands) where a gun is legally used to foil crime in this country every year. This is totally biased, left wing reporting, as we’ve all come to expect of the MSM. They really don’t want guns to be used legally to stop criminals; they want guns taken out of the hands of law-abiding citizens instead.


21 posted on 04/12/2012 8:13:38 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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