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    GOOD: Homeowner - 1, Home Invader - 0, - Cameron, TX

    Police investigating deadly shooting that could fall under "Castle Law" | News for Austin, Texas | KVUE.com | Top Stories

    Police investigate a deadly shooting that could fall under the State’s so-called “Castle Law”.
    Police are not saying much right now because they are still investigating the invasion, but we do know that the suspected burglar was shot and killed. It happened at a home about an hour northeast of Austin in Cameron.

    Milam County Sheriff's deputies got a call around two this morning about the shooting of a home intruder.

    Deputies found suspected burglar, 34-year-old Eddie Sexton III, dead.

    No charges are filed yet, but the case could be the latest in a string of Castle Law defenses.

    The law which was passed last September by Texas lawmakers gives homeowners the right to shoot an intruder - but there are boundaries.

    It's still unclear whether or not the homeowner is the one who shot and killed Sexton this morning.

    Deputies say the investigation will go to a grand jury. That group will decide if charges should be filed.

    That is the way all Castle Doctrine defenses are handled.
    Good on the homeowner.
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    I might be confusing two unrelated cases, but there was a TV interview with someone last evening in which the homeowner (I think at the house mentioned in this article about the Cameron incident) stated he wouldn't shoot someone over stealing a tv (or something to that effect). He was saying that it is not consistent with his moral values. That interview, along with the police reluctance to say it was the homeowner who shot Sexton, makes me wonder what actually happened. The guy interviewed on TV seemed like he was sincere about his convictions, and certainly wasn't admitting that he fired the shot.

    Cameron is a nice little place, but it has had several high profile problems in the past year or so; a couple of rapes, a really bad pit bull mauling which led to tougher state law to hold dog owners responsible, and this present incident.

    There is tremendous rural poverty in the small communities in this part of Texas. Too many in the urban areas don't begin to comprehend the extent of rural poverty. And though the vast majority of folks in these small communities are really good and decent despite the difficulties of life, there are always some really rotten ones. I always carry when traveling.

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    What is it about Texas felons, that so many believe Texas citizens won't fight back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    What is it about Texas felons, that so many believe Texas citizens won't fight back?
    They are playing the odds game, there is still a small percentage that won't fight back. I'm related to a couple of them, but I'm slowly trying to educate them.

    Maybe instead of stealing and BandE they should be reading the newspaper or watching the news on the last TV they stole.
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    Police investigate a deadly shooting that could fall under the State’s so-called “Castle Law”.
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    Police are not saying much right now because they are still investigating the invasion, but we do know that the suspected burglar was shot and killed. It happened at a home about an hour northeast of Austin in Cameron.

    Milam County Sheriff's deputies got a call around two this morning about the shooting of a home intruder.

    Deputies found suspected burglar, 34-year-old Eddie Sexton III, dead.

    No charges are filed yet, but the case could be the latest in a string of Castle Law defenses.

    The law which was passed last September by Texas lawmakers gives homeowners the right to shoot an intruder - but there are boundaries.

    It's still unclear whether or not the homeowner is the one who shot and killed Sexton this morning.

    Deputies say the investigation will go to a grand jury. That group will decide if charges should be filed.

    That is the way all Castle Doctrine defenses are handled.
    Interesting link along with your post.
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    I wonder if staying out of other people's houses, especially homeowners with guns, is in that report?
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    From the sketchy account it sounds like a good shooting. Hopefully a grand jury will view it the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    What is it about Texas felons, that so many believe Texas citizens won't fight back?
    they are just stupid...
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    What's with the "Castle Doctrine" comments? Under the circumstances it sounds like it would be a good shoot in Los Angeles for crying out loud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal2310 View Post
    What's with the "Castle Doctrine" comments? Under the circumstances it sounds like it would be a good shoot in Los Angeles for crying out loud!

    Ryan
    Austin is a fairly liberal city (fairly? ok, VERY) for Texas, so it's likely that the news crew is somewhat to the left of center. There was some opposition to Texas' clarification of the Castle Doctrine, so maybe the news is harping on that because they are trying to show that it's leading to violence, or some other silly notion.

    You are certainly correct that this is quite possibly a legal shoot everywhere, except maybe NYC or DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KVUE.com
    It's still unclear whether or not the homeowner is the one who shot and killed Sexton this morning.
    Huh? Who shot him? The man on the moon?

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    That interview, along with the police reluctance to say it was the homeowner who shot Sexton, makes me wonder what actually happened.
    Yah, I can't figure out why the police and/or reporter are withholding that info. The death scene was not Grand Central.

    Ahhh, here is some more info. An ex-wife....the plot thickens....

    More Details Released On Rural Central Texas Shooting
    The Milam County Sheriff’s Office released additional details Monday about the shooting death of a man wielding a baseball bat who had forced his way into his ex-wife’s rural home.

    The shooting was reported around 2 a.m. Sunday on County Road 218 in Milam County, where deputies found Eddie Sexton III, 34, of Milano dead of a gunshot wound.

    Investigators said Monday it appears Sexton was shot once after forcing his way into his ex-wife’s home and that after the shooting, Sexton’s ex-wife called 911 and attempted to administer first aid.

    The sheriff’s office did not say who fired the fatal shot and did not identify the woman.

    No charges have been filed, but in a press release Monday, the sheriff’s office said the results of its investigation will be forwarded to the Milam County District Attorney’s Office for presentation to a grand jury.

    More Details Released On Rural Central Texas Shooting

    Hmmm, here's some more info. History.

    "Large caliber handgun?" Why do they never report the make/model/caliber of the gun? It's soooo important.

    Stay tuned.


    Investigation continues in deadly Milam County shooting
    by Jeanne Williams | Cameron Writer
    Published: December 30, 2008

    CAMERON - Edward A. Sexton III, 32, of Milano, who was shot early Sunday morning, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the neck, Milam County Justice of the Peace Don Ahrendt said Monday.

    Ahrendt conducted the inquest at the shooting scene early Sunday and ordered an autopsy with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. A preliminary report was released Monday afternoon.

    No charges have been filed against the shooter, Toby Brossard, but the case will be taken to the Milam County grand jury, Milam County Sheriff David Greene said.

    The sheriff’s department was called to a shooting at 2 a.m. Sunday at the residence of Dana Jo Wadlington Sexton on County Road 218 near Cameron, Greene said. Brossard was staying at the home the night the incident occurred.

    Greene said evidence indicates Sexton forced entry into his ex-wife’s home wielding a baseball bat, attempted to use the baseball bat as a weapon and was shot once with a large caliber handgun. The shooting occurred inside the home.

    “He was dead when we got there,” Greene said.

    Sexton and Ms. Sexton divorced last May, according to 20th District Court records. The sheriff’s department had received several calls in recent weeks of trespassing cases involving Sexton at his ex-wife’s residence, but no charges were filed, Greene said.

    Sexton, a carbon setter at Alcoa Inc.’s Rockdale Operations, was a 1992 graduate of Milano High School, and coached PeeWee baseball and football.

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    Makes a bit mores sense now. They have to figure out if this is a domestic gone wrong or a true SD case. Sending it to the Grand Jury is their way to wash their hands on the issue.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Hopefully the Grand Jury will do their job properly.
    1: Sexton forces entry into ex-wifes home with a weapon.
    2: Sexton attempts to use bat as weapon.
    3: Brossard, who is a guest at the house, so is authorized to be there shoots Sexton.
    4: Sexton dies of single gunshot wound to the neck.
    Unless there is more that is not being told sounds like an easy jog for the Grand Jury. Justified Self Defense.
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    From today's newsy, which covers the area where this shooting happened, one learns that the woman was attacked at 2 AM. The dead bg either hit or pushed the woman and was armed with a bat.

    At the time of the attack she had a male companion in the home; the article is poorly written and perhaps the dead bg was the ex-- can not tell with certainty.

    Chief Deputy stated, "at least two people were home at the time: Sexton's (dead guy's) ex-wife and another person.

    Sheriff still not saying who shot the bg.

    As I wrote earlier this town has had problems recently.
    To quote from the paper--"Deputies have been called to the house at least twice for domestic disputes...."

    "This is at least the fourth shooting reported in Milam county in the past four months," according to our local paper. "

    Folks this stuff happened in rural America. Milam is a farming/ranching community with a few small businesses and a couple of tiny towns. A couple of "major" routes pass through portions of the county. Hwy 36 and Hwy 79.
    Right now, the general area is going through tough economic times, but robbery does not appear to be the motive for this shooting. Robbery was the motive for one of the four which has recently occurred --a convenience store owner was shot.

    As much as I like rural Texas, and as much as my sympathies are with the folks who live in these small communities, I will not travel through there unarmed.

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