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Diego Ortiz, 30, and Hernando Riascos Torres, 38, collapsed and died not far from Horn's house. Both were unemployed illegal immigrants from Colombia with Houston addresses. Torres was sent to prison for dealing coc aine and was deported in 1999.
Pasadena Capt. A.H. "Bud" Corbett said both men were shot in the back. After ignoring pleas from a 911 dispatcher to stay in his house, Horn went outside to see what was happening and found himself within 7 feet of and face-to-face with the suspects...
Originally posted by BitRaiser
Some interesting conflicts in the report...
"You want to make a bet?" Horn answered. "I'm going to kill them."
"I had no choice," he said, his voice shaking. "They came in the front yard with me, man. I had no choice. Get somebody over here quick."
His comment before stepping out amounts to premeditation. He planned on killing these two and then did. That pretty much tanks any claim of "self defense". In fact, it's not a big legal leap to make that grounds for murder charges. If you plan to kill someone, then do it, it's murder. Kinda cut and dried.
Then again, Texas is a rather odd place in it's celebration of justice through the employment of firearms. I doubt this guy will have much trouble.
Personally... I think I woulda knee capped 'em. Best of both worlds. You stop 'em and they live to learn a valuable lesson about cause and effect (crime and punishment).
[edit on 1-12-2007 by BitRaiser]
Originally posted by Boondock78
and i have asked at least 3 times in this thread and i have not seen a reply by anyone so i will ask again..
have any of you been the victim of a home invasion? have you ever had that feeling of your security being ripped from you.
have you spent lets say, 23 years or so thinking about it?
Originally posted by spinstopshere
Society focuses to much sympathy on to the criminal and not the victim.
A Harris County grand jury decided today that Joe Horn should not be charged with a crime for shooting two burglary suspects he confronted outside his neighbor's home in Pasadena last fall.
Originally posted by Rasobasi420
Originally posted by SimiusDei
Speaking of which, that's something you criminal rights supporters never seem to think about. Who is to say that these guys, if left alone, wouldn't have killed or raped someone later during a burglary? One would have to think that these guys, seeing as they are already willing to commit a crime (in broad daylight no less), were quite likely to end up eventually hurting someone who they broke in on, if that haven't already that is.
You have no evidence of this, and no reason to believe this aside from your own prejudice. This is horribly flawed logic and can't hold up to any true scrutiny.