Theft in Texas Can Equal to Death?
by KatrinaPallikaris on June 17, 2013 - 12:01am
I found this article very interesting. In Texas, if someone is stealing from you on your property, you are allowed to kill them in defence. In 2009, a man hired a prostitute and paid her $150. After she refused to have intercourse with him and refused to give back the money, he shot her several times. She passed away a few months later and he was not sent to jail out of reasons of self defense.
Should this man go to jail for murder, regardless of what the laws in Texas are and his reasons for shooting her?
I believe that he should definitely be sent to prison. Although the prostitute was wrong in taking his money without returning her services, shooting her was not the proper thing to do. This man took away this woman’s life because of this.
On the other hand, the law in Texas clearly states that if someone is stealing from you on your property, you have the right to defend yourself and that was what he was trying to do. Therefore, he shouldn’t go to jail based on the law.
Do you agree that this man should go to jail for murder or do you agree that he had every right to end this woman’s life because she was stealing on his property?