Matthew Pinkerton of Glenn Burnie, Md. will face trial for second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime after shooting Kendall Green, who broke into Pinkerton’s house at 2 a.m. on Sept. 15. Pinkerton’s attorney, Peter O’Neill, is claiming self-defense.
The state of Maryland says that Pinkerton should have called 9-11. Pinkerton’s lawyer and supporters argue that if he had done that, he, his wife and friends who were at their home at the time would all be dead.
The Capital Gazette reported that Pinkerton, an Air Force Sergeant, suspected that Green had begun an affair with his wife, Jessica Pinkerton, while Pinkerton was posted in Korea.
Jessica Pinkerton has made no comment, but O’Neill described the relationship as a “friendship.” Green was interested in pursuing more, even after Jessica Pinkerton tried to end the friendship.
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Green showed up on Pinkerton’s porch the night of the shooting and refused to leave, demanding to see Matthew Pinkerton’s wife. Pinkerton brought his Glock 17 9mm handgun with him when he went to the door. The men had words, and Pinkerton closed the door.
The police report that Pinkerton then heard the screen door open. Green broke into the front door, breaking the doorframe.
It is not clear whether Green had a weapon on him. Documents state that Pinkerton didn’t see one in his hands.
Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Neubauer said Pinkerton could have called the police, and called his move to grab his gun “bizarre behavior in itself.” O’Neill maintains: “He has the right to defend himself against an intruder.”
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Matthew Pinkerton’s brother, Michael Pinkerton, was there that night. He described the incident to the Save America Foundation.
“The night in question Matt feared for his safety. After closing the door on the gentleman, he [Mr. Green] chose to barge thru and enter the house. Matt told him several times to get out but he insisted to charge forward. Thus resulting in him getting shot.” Michael Pinkerton wrote.
“The press is making it sound as though Mr. Green and Matt knew each other well but that was not the case.”
The Capital Gazette reported that the men had had at least one previous altercation.
Pinkerton awaits trial on Feb. 11, 2014, with a status conference scheduled for Dec. 13, 2013.