After he shot her, changed guns (so he could continue shooting her), then dragged her, and executed her. He no longer is in "the head of passion"Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of a human being in which the offender had no prior intent to kill and acted during "the heat of passion
Woman breaks into mans house. Man captures woman, ties her up, locks her in basement, rapes her repeatedly, then tortures her to death. You'd be like "whatever she shouldn't have broken into the house"
Wow people like you are a real problem.
It was fine with me until he killed them. If he hadn't killed them they'd be hoodlums but now they're martyrs. It's a hard situation, you want to be sad for them (or empathize a little), but they were robbing a house. These teen "role models" were robbing a home, and everyone's overlooking that to turn them into some kind of heroes. Everyone involved should be ashamed. They're victims of a bad circumstance that yes admittedly they placed themselves in. Everyone's at fault here, just the old man moreso because he went berserk.
I personally think he shouldn't of shot them even if stealing. I wouldn't use a gun but if someone has to tell them to back off and call the police. If they don't back off better give a warning shot and all that and if one really feels *justified* well...do what you must even if I disagree with it.
Or apathy.Sure. You're actively hoping something bad happens to another person.
I just have a casual indifference.
99% of the posters defending the actions of mr smith here simply ignore how law works in cases like this.
There is such thing as EXCESS OF SELF DEFENCE.
Not many argue the right of defending your own family and house.
The thing is, this man stopped being the victim after the first shot.
If someone wants to punch you and you give him a right hand, he falls down, you hit him again while he's down, the SECOND PUNCH is where the problem lies. It's not necessary once the target is NOT A THREAT to you anymore. The defence could build up a case of how the two robbers on the floor were still a threat but i cant see this being accepted.
He also went as far as dragging bodies, changing weapon, hiding them for a day and whatnot so he really stepped PAST that line big time.
He's definitely guilty.
But it's not murder IMO due to the mitigating circumstances.
I sat alone in the dark one night, tuning in by remote.
I found a preacher who spoke of the light, but there was Brimstone in his throat.
He'd show me the way, according to him, in return for my personal check.
I flipped my channel back to CNN and lit another cigarette.
As for entering no plea... perhaps its a measure of guilt.