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Lane DA rules fatal Dorena shooting a clear case of legal self-defense

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Lance Jacobs, May 5, 2015.

  1. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The Homeowner had asked his guest to leave, but instead he began to strangle the man's female roomate, and refused to stop attacking her, saying that he would also kill the homeowner and burn his house down.

    I'm sort of surprised that it took 3 1/2 months for the DA to make a ruling on this case. The dead man had an extensive criminal record.

    http://registerguard.com/rg/news/lo...al-dorena-shooting-legally-justified.html.csp

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  2. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would guess that much of the time wasn't spent on ruling, but rather on investigating to make sure that they had all the facts in the case. After all, you can't just take someone's word for it when they kill someone only to find out later that there were facts that were not disclosed or that they lied about the circumstances.
     
  3. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    http://registerguard.com/rg/news/lo...al-dorena-shooting-legally-justified.html.csp
    "A 70-year-old Dorena man acted legally when he shot and killed a friend who had become violent after drinking alcohol, Lane County prosecutors have ruled.

    Prosecutors said they decided against charging Jerry Dale Risener after concluding that they could not prove that he had committed a crime when he fatally shot 49-year-old Mitchell Demopoulos in the chest on Jan. 15.

    -disregarded Risener’s order to stop strangling the woman before being shot"
     
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  4. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I thought this case was interesting in the fact that the Strangler was unarmed and they All had been drinking.
    It was in the shooters Home so I guess being intoxicated using a gun is O.K. in self defense or defending others if you can get to a gun in your home.
    Outside the home and being intoxicated is a bad Idea and illegal I believe as well.
     
  5. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    If I am drunk out doors or not and you find a need to put your hands around my wife or child's neck you will never live to find out if it was a bad Idea, legal or not. Oh and I won't forget to give you a warning at some point.
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  6. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, but carrying drunk off your Property gets you a felony or misdemeanor right??, Not sure. I guess if you while drunk grabbed the Stranglers gun in a bar and shot to protect life then they couldn't fault you.