After an Alabama woman shot and killed one of four home invaders, she’s not facing arrest, but the people who were with him are being charged with the man’s murder — as well as a string of other offenses.
Jeremy Floyd Jones, 29, Audra Lynn Anderson Ikard, 42, and Brandi Michelle Seagroves, 26, are all being charged for the murder of Richard William Taylor, 42, although none of the three pulled the trigger that resulted in his death, according to Al.com.
In addition to murder, Taylor’s three accomplices are facing robbery, burglary and criminal mischief charges, Sgt. Brian Chaffin of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office told the publication
The incident started When the foursome asked to use the homeowner’s phone during the day on Monday and she refused, AL.com reported. They returned at about 9:30 that night and forced their way into the residence.
That’s when the homeowner — who was alone at the time of the break-in — pulled out a handgun and started shooting, killing Taylor, Chaffin said.
The other three fled but were tracked down the following day.
Jones was also charged with theft from a previous incident, in which he used the same ruse — a request to use a telephone — to steal credit cards from another homeowner.
“If you do not know a person standing at your front door, do not let them in,” Chaffin said.
In this case, the woman is not expected to face any charges — she was acting in self-defense.
“At this time, we don’t think any charges will be filed (against her),” Chaffin said.
So how were prosecutors able to pin murder charges on the three accomplices? Alabama’s felony murder statute was the vehicle. Al.com reported:
Alabama law allows a person to be charged with murder if a death occurs in the course of committing, attempting to commit or fleeing the commission of any of a number of serious crimes, including arson, burglary, escape, kidnapping, rape, robbery, sodomy or “any other felony clearly dangerous to human life.”
But Alabama isn’t alone in this — a lot of other states have similar felony murder statutes on the books, meant to be a further deterrent to crime.
So let this be a lesson: If you’re gonna do the crime, be prepared to do the time — and then some.
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