Texas man claims self-defense after shooting woman’s ex-husband | Video

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Police have not brought any charges after a man shot and killed a woman’s ex-husband on his porch in a heated confrontation that was captured on video.

Lawyers for a Texas man who shot and killed a woman’s ex-husband after a heated confrontation outside their home say the murder was a “justifiable murder” under state self-defense laws.

Police have not brought any charges against William “Kyle” Carruth, who shot and killed Chad Read, 54, in the northwestern city of Lubbock on November 5. reported local media.

Two videos of the fatal incident, one released by Mr Read’s widow and one by Mr Carruth’s lawyers, depict the confrontation between the two men shortly before the shooting.

The videos show Mr Read arguing with a woman, identified as his ex-wife, over a child custody issue.

Mr Carruth tells Mr Read to leave before returning to the house and returning with a gun.

The men go head-to-head when Mr Read shouts at Mr Carruth to “use it, Grandma, damn it, I’ll take it from you and use it for hell.”

Mr Carruth takes a step back and shoots a shot into the ground.

Mr Read then grabs the gun and swings Mr Carruth, who returns from the porch and fires two shots, killing the other man.

“I told you, I told you all to go,” Mr Carruth told the woman filming from the car, while Mr Read lay on the ground next to him.

Mr Carruth’s lawyer, David M. Guinn, spoke All Lubbock the shot was self-defense.

“All Texans can legally wave a firearm to protect themselves, their property and their business,” he said.

“When Kyle did that, Chad Read advanced towards him, and immediately tried to take the gun from Kyle. By doing so, he was powerful enough to throw Kyle 180 degrees around on Kyle’s patio.

“He raised his left leg and continued his advance towards Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat. Kyle replied. This is a justified murder.”

The lawyer praised the Lubbock Police Department’s handling of the case.

“It’s my opinion, because of their knowledge of all the facts and the Texas Castle doctrine, and after doing a thorough job, LPD knew this was a legitimate murder,” he said.

“They knew they had no probable cause and did not arrest him. I’m sure this and other information will be given to a Lubbock County jury for further investigation. Kyle cooperated with law enforcement. Our hope is that a jury in Lubbock will to make a thorough investigation of all the facts and will clear Mr Carruth. “

He added that “everyone regrets the whole situation”.

“Although Read came unarmed, he announced his intention to kill Kyle Carruth with Kyle’s own gun and immediately took strong action to do so,” he said.

“[It] failed. A careful study of the video showed that Kyle’s gun was waved but never pointed at Read. It was only after Mr Read said “I’m taking your gun” and threw him across the patio like a scarecrow – and then stepped on him – that Mr Carruth pointed the gun at Mr Read.

Mr Read’s widow Jennifer Read earlier this week filed a request for custody of her children from their mother, Christina Read.

“Because the new Lubbock Public Access System makes this information available to the public, and the likelihood that the information in her presentation and confirmation will be obtained by the media, she has decided that it is best to simply release the information immediately instead of waiting to it is to be discovered ” said her lawyers in a statement published by All Lubbock.

“The decision to take this step has not been easy, and she respectfully declines all requests for interviews at present. There has been a lot of speculation in the media and on social media regarding the events of November 5, 2021.

“Instead of repeating what has already been stated in her petition, and the certificates attached to it, Jennifer Read releases the video of Kyle Carruth’s shooting of her husband and lets the video and certificate speak for themselves.”

A number of states in the United States have so-called castle laws.

“The doctrine comes from the idea that a ‘man’s home is his castle,’ and a person should not be forced to withdraw from a place where they should feel safe.” writes lawyer James Luster.

“It’s a concept that expresses basic human values ​​of justice and fairness – a person should be able to protect themselves at home and not suffer the consequences of someone else’s crime.”

Mr Luster notes that Texas has “one of the strongest self-defense and defense property laws in the country.”

“Castle doctrine in Texas presupposes that violence is reasonable and justified when another person … illegally and forcibly enters or attempts to enter your home, vehicle or workplace … or attempts to remove you, by force. , from your home, your vehicle, or your workplace, ”he writes.

“There are two major exceptions to the castle doctrine – the person who wants to claim protection under the law may not have provoked, or started, the event. This is also known as the “aggressor”, and it is not allowed under Texas law. The person must also not be involved in criminal activity at the time when the incident takes place. “



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