While all the cool kids are settling into their hotels in Las Vegas for the SHOT Show, because I had to cancel my trip to the show I spent part of tonite channel surfing. I landed on a re-run of Dateline NBC called “Deadly Exchange.”
The episode focused on the case of a German high school exchange student who was shot and killed by a homeowner in Missoula, Montana.
The student was inside the homeowners’ garage at the time, perhaps “garage shopping” for beer. The homeowner shot and killed the intruder. And the homeowner was put on trial for murder.
Of course there was more to the story than that, otherwise it would not have made it on Dateline. Of interest to me was the issue posed to the jurors by the prosecutor in closing arguments, seen in the picture below.
As I have written previously, the homeowner was convicted of murder and sentenced to 70 years in prison. Castle Doctrine notwithstanding. It is no free pass.