Crime

No Charges For Oklahoma Man Who Killed Intruders

| by Ray Brown

Authorities have refused to press charges against an Oklahoma man who fatally shot three intruders in his home.

But the woman who drove the intruders to the man's house will be charged with murder.

On March 27, Maxwell Cook, 19, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and Jaycob Woodruff, 16, allegedly attempted to enter the home of Zachary Peters, 23, in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, according to ABC News.

But Peters met the teenagers with an AR-15 rifle and shot each of the young men to death.

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"It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters acted justifiably ... when he used deadly force to defend his home," said Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp, according to The Associated Press. "It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force."

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott approved Peters' actions and the decision not to press charges.

"We support the right of our citizens, the right to bear arms and to defend their homes," Elliott said. "In this such case, we feel strongly that's what took place here."

But authorities charged Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of burglary. She is in jail without bond.

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While Rodriguez admits being the getaway driver was wrong, she doesn't believe she should be charged with three murders.

"I know what we did was stupid and wrong," she told ABC News. "I don't blame [Peters] ... I understand why he did what he did. I mean, I do to an extent."

But, she added: "I won't take responsibility for the murders, I won't. I feel guilty, but I don't feel responsible."

Ethan Ellison, a friend of Rodriguez's and the three would-be robbers, told ABC News that they spoke right after the deadly incident.

"She called me right after it was done," he said. "She called me and she was freaking out. And then she told me that the three boys got shot ... I was like, 'What? What are you talking about? What do you mean?'" 

"She said that they thought that the house was empty..." Ellison added. "...All she knows, is she heard over 12 gun shots so she freaked out and left."

The teenagers, wearing black ski masks, broke into Peters' home by breaking a window. One was reportedly armed with a knife.

Oklahoma is one of 24 states that allow people to shoot another person if they feel their safety is in question, AP reports.

Sources: The Associated PressABC News / Photo Credit: The Associated Press

 

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