A most excellent and auspicious turn of events.
There is some logic and accountability still stirring in the land of the free.
An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities say Zachary Peters was home alone when he shot Maxwell Cook, Jacob Redfern and Jakob Woodruff with an AR-15 rifle on March 27 at his home just outside the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
“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. “It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force,” Thorp later told The Associated Press.
The getaway driver and deliverer of the criminals to the house, however, doesn’t sound horribly repentant.
Thorp also said Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, of Oologah, was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of burglary in the case and is jailed without bond. Oklahoma law allows a person to be charged with murder if they take part in a crime in which people are killed, even if the person does not take part in the slaying.
Court records do not list an attorney for Rodriguez, but she has acknowledged driving the three to the home and waiting in a vehicle outside, and said while she understands Peters was protecting his home, she believes he could have shot the three in the legs.
“I won’t take responsibility for the murders, I won’t. I feel guilty, but I don’t feel responsible,” Rodriguez said in an interview last week with ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir.”
One of the shrewdest addendum to homicide laws is making people who even so much as take part in a crime that results in the death of people potentially guilty of murder. Sheer genius.
By Rodriguez driving criminals to the scene of a planned felony implies she was fully aware there were potential deadly outcomes at play. There is blood on her hands.
“She could have said no.”