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Homeowner Shoots, Kills Teen In Backyard After Break-In Attempt
Fox2 Now ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Cris Regnier and Dan Gray

Posted on 02/16/2013 6:47:30 PM PST by EXCH54FE

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A teenager is shot to death and his friend is charged with murder, even though he didn’t pull the trigger.

The circuit attorney’s office issued warrants for second degree murder and attempted burglary against 17-year-old Michael Bryant.

Police say Bryant and 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy were trying to break into a home on Tennessee early Friday morning.

Investigators say the 33-year-old homeowner heard them, went outside, and confronted the suspects.

The homeowner then shot and killed Murphy.

The homeowner was questioned, but not arrested.

Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being committed, other suspects involved in the crime can be charged with murder. That’s why the accomplice, Michael Bryant, was charged with second degree murder as well as 1st degree attempted burglary.

Murphy’s mother says her son was mentally disabled. She says he was coming back from the store with a friend and she has no idea how he wound up in the backyard of the home.


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1 posted on 02/16/2013 6:47:36 PM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

>>Murphy’s mother says her son was mentally disabled.

Obviously he was...he tried to rob someone.


2 posted on 02/16/2013 6:50:55 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: EXCH54FE

Don’t do the crime.


3 posted on 02/16/2013 6:51:01 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Was the home owner a white hispanic? Then there might be some trouble.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 6:53:13 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: EXCH54FE

WOW...in OREGON the homeowner would likely be in jail


5 posted on 02/16/2013 6:53:49 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Shoot his mother too!!


6 posted on 02/16/2013 6:53:49 PM PST by dalereed
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To: EXCH54FE
"...15-year-old Demetrius Murphy..."

Typical Greek Irishman.

7 posted on 02/16/2013 6:55:46 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: EXCH54FE

A memo needs to circulate around St. Louis maternity wards that the name Demetrius is now again available for use.


8 posted on 02/16/2013 6:56:02 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: EXCH54FE

A young thug. Too bad the community supports this.


9 posted on 02/16/2013 6:59:48 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

He was turning his life around... 3,2,1...


10 posted on 02/16/2013 7:09:19 PM PST by pingman (Trust a lib? Surely you jest!)
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To: EXCH54FE

Hope the homeowner didn’t use an AR (AKA, “Assault Weapon”) - Missouri Democrats will be coming to take that away from him soon...


11 posted on 02/16/2013 7:16:09 PM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: EXCH54FE

The dead perp was 15 years old and mentally disabled. I would guess that he admired his older friend, and just went along with him on the burglary attempt. Probably sounded like an exciting game.

If so, then the police are probably right to charge the older boy as responsible for his murder, because the older boy, who should have known better, led the kid into trouble.


12 posted on 02/16/2013 7:16:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: EXCH54FE

“She says he was coming back from the store with a friend and she has no idea how he wound up in the backyard of the home.”

Did he go to buy skittles???


13 posted on 02/16/2013 7:21:11 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: EXCH54FE
" .. she has no idea how he wound up in the backyard of the home."

Uhhhh ... because he's mentally disabled and hangin' wit' bad people doin' bad things ?

14 posted on 02/16/2013 7:27:29 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: vladimir998

He was probably mistakenly looking for a midnight basketball court.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 7:29:27 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: EXCH54FE

Another happy ending.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 7:47:53 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

Different play, but, same cast.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 7:56:16 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Surely you mean Amish.


18 posted on 02/16/2013 8:23:26 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: dalereed

Based on what charge? What about due process and the right to a trial by jury? You know, the constitutional stuff...


19 posted on 02/16/2013 8:29:29 PM PST by mbj
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To: mbj

“Based on what charge? “

Raising a thief!!


20 posted on 02/16/2013 8:33:51 PM PST by dalereed
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To: EXCH54FE
Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being committed, other suspects involved in the crime can be charged with murder.

Does anyone else have a problem with this? Regardless of who committed/was commiting the crime, it seems like the DA is just looking for a bigger charge.

21 posted on 02/16/2013 8:47:39 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: goodnesswins
WOW...in OREGON the homeowner would likely be in jail

Same outcome in California, too.

"No property is worth taking a life..." is the absurd justification.

Lost on those idiots is that risking a life is the felon's choice that triggers the tragedy, and often enough ends the innocent victim's life.

22 posted on 02/16/2013 8:53:28 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“Was the home owner a white hispanic?”

Do Metrius be carryin’ skittles?


23 posted on 02/16/2013 8:54:15 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Sarajevo
“Does anyone else have a problem with this? Regardless of who committed/was commiting the crime, it seems like the DA is just looking for a bigger charge.”

Many states have this law. If you get into a shoot out with cop while doing an armed robbery and the cop shoots you and kills you, your buddy who is driving the get away car in the parking lot will be charged with the homicide. It would be the same as if he had pulled the trigger himself. When you engage in criminal activity and someone is injured or killed it is all on you.

24 posted on 02/16/2013 8:56:05 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: EXCH54FE

if the mom knows the kid is mentally disabled, why does she allow him to be roaming with another minor, and not an adult? i mean, c’mon here. like an adult who knows how to get the kid back to the correct house and not try to break into someone else’s house, if we are to even buy the premise offered?


25 posted on 02/16/2013 9:04:59 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Cicero

it’s always right to charge any surviving criminals with murder if a homeowner shoots one in self-defense. always. i wish this was a nationwide law. make some of the dumb idiots contemplating their boredom to maybe think twice about a murder sentence to serve, before they’re a hardened career criminal.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 9:07:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: EXCH54FE

We have all been hearing the same demented laments for decades from the friends and families of dead criminals....

“Why did he/she/they (the not so helpless victim) have to kill him? He was just stealing/raping/beating on...etc”


27 posted on 02/16/2013 9:14:00 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: EXCH54FE
If the price of ammo wasn't so danged expensive, there'd probably be TWO dead perps.
28 posted on 02/16/2013 9:21:59 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: EXCH54FE
Murphy’s mother says her son was mentally disabled. She says he was coming back from the store with a friend and she has no idea how he wound up in the backyard of the home.

All the more reason to charge his buddy with murder. You can testify for the prosecution at his trial, Murphy's mom.

29 posted on 02/16/2013 9:27:58 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Sarajevo
Does anyone else have a problem with this?

Nope, no problem at all. A lot of states have a law like that. If someone dies during the commission of a crime, even if it's a perp that dies, all of the surviving perps go down for murder 2 or manslaughter. There is an easy way to avoid that.

30 posted on 02/16/2013 9:38:58 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Good shooting and a GREAT mizzzou law!


31 posted on 02/16/2013 9:49:22 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Cicero
It has nothing to do with what the older boy did. It's called the felony murder rule. because they were in the commission of a felony anything that happens arising from the commission of said felony is chargeable to them. If not for the felony the homeowner wouldn't have been forced to defend himself, which resulted in the death of one of the boys. BTW , I find it irritating the way the journalist phrased the article to make it sound like the other boy was being unreasonably charged in the first boys death.

CC

32 posted on 02/16/2013 10:12:30 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: pingman

He was “an aspiring rapper”.


33 posted on 02/16/2013 10:16:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Sarajevo

In many (most) states, even a getaway driver sitting in a car can be charged with murder if one of his cohorts who is robbing the bank shoots and kills the security guard.


34 posted on 02/16/2013 10:19:08 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: publius911; goodnesswins

A lot of states would arrest the homeowner here. The general rule is the bad guy must be in your home and you must have legitimate fear of personal harm to you or your family.

If a thief is walking out of your home with a TV set, you cannot shoot him in the back.


35 posted on 02/17/2013 4:10:22 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: shalom aleichem
The general rule is the bad guy must be in your home and you must have legitimate fear of personal harm to you or your family.

Not true in PA, it can be in the mall, at the gas station or on the golf course.

The castle doctrine extends to where ever you are, and you can protect your life and property.

If someone is in my home, trying to steal a $10 radio, I'm in fear for my life and his life span is going to be dramatically shortened.

My life was threatened by the mere presence of a perp.

36 posted on 02/17/2013 4:32:11 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: EXCH54FE

“Under Missouri law,[as it is in most states] if someone is killed while a felony is being committed, other suspects involved in the crime can be charged with murder.”
I know this horrorfies the writer but it is how things go when you start out to break into a person’s home.


37 posted on 02/17/2013 4:40:07 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: shalom aleichem
A lot of states would arrest the homeowner here. The general rule is the bad guy must be in your home and you must have legitimate fear of personal harm to you or your family.

If the criminals put him in fear for his life once he went outside to inquire why they were attempting to break into his home instead of going straight to their own homes, then the shooting was legal. If they were attempting to break in and did not immediately turn and flee, then I applaud the decision to shoot. The only reason not to run at once is because the criminals were considering attacking the law-abiding homeowner.

38 posted on 02/17/2013 4:41:01 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: shalom aleichem
A lot of states would arrest the homeowner here.

More accurately, a lot of local District Attorney's in many states would press charges, even if a state has a Castle law and/or stand your ground law. Most states have a Castle law and a growing number have stand your ground laws. It doesn't mean liberal DA's won't make your life a living hell for defending your property or life.

39 posted on 02/17/2013 5:04:16 AM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: Cicero

Marc, I think your analysis is spot-on.


40 posted on 02/17/2013 5:35:36 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Secret Agent Man

The mom’s crack use fried the kid’s brain in the womb.


41 posted on 02/17/2013 5:39:35 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: jivin gene

One less problem for the world


42 posted on 02/17/2013 5:43:27 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: EXCH54FE
Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being committed, other suspects involved in the crime can be charged with murder.

I always liked the Felony Murder Rule.

43 posted on 02/17/2013 5:45:56 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Thats why you should live or move to in a place where the prosecutor is more likely to shoot an intruder than you are. (Like me)


44 posted on 02/17/2013 6:15:01 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: Sarajevo

Since it’s their law (as it is with many other states), I would have a problem if they didn’t charge him with murder.


45 posted on 02/17/2013 6:36:25 AM PST by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Celtic Conservative; ops33

Oh, sure, I’m familiar with the felony murder rule. I didn’t mention it because I just took it for granted. What I was saying is that in this case it’s not only what the law says, but that it is especially fair and applicable, because he had an extra share of responsibility for drawing the kid who died into it.


46 posted on 02/17/2013 10:49:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: USS Alaska

My life was threatened by the mere presence of a perp.
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See tagline:


47 posted on 02/17/2013 1:38:57 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a thief above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS.)
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To: dalereed

One can’t control everything one’s child does. Every man bears his very *own* guilt or innocence.

There are some in this forum who have relatives, children or parents who are liberal. So, if some child/parent/relative was to commit some crime, would you recommend the other parent/relative/child be co-incarcerated or executed?


48 posted on 02/21/2013 6:34:44 PM PST by mbj
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