actually in Texas we still have the sundown law you can legally shoot someone just for steeling property after sundown written back in the cattle rustling days. And the Texas Castle law does say now for defense of property. There was a case in Dallas where a guy killed someone robbing his garage and he got no-billed.
I just looked it up. Thanks for the clue about Dallas and the garage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Horn_shooting_controversy In my mind the guy was dumb. Police were coming and he decided to put himself in a bad situation, in the yard with the burglars. Yes, he had a right to go into his yard and a right to defend himself but it was a bad place to be. If he had sniped them from a distance just to protect his property, I think we’d be looking at another USSC case.