As to the "Make My Day Law".... it used to be that if you shot someone in your home, who had broken in, you had to prove that you had no means of escape and that you felt that your life was in danger. If you did not kill the intruder, the intruder, after their trial could sue you. If you killed the intruder, the intruders family could sue you for wrongful death.
The "make my day law" or eminent domain no longer requires that you must attempt to flee. It was enacted to save a victim of crime the burden of going to trial and the risk of law suits. It does not mean that no investigation be done, and that is where the sheriff's department was wrong. There were witnesses who had not been talked to. Evidence had not been processed. Now that this has all come out in the light of day, still nothing has been done. This is injustice.
We had a case here in Volusia County about 10 years ago, involving 2 young boys about 9 years old. They were in a wooded area and ran across a "Junk Yard" and saw something they liked. They walked into what they thought was the junkyard office to see if they could buy it.
Turned out to be the home of a hoarder, a gentleman in poor health in his upper 70s. He shot and killed the one boy. He claimed self defense. He went to jail... his life was not in danger as the jury saw it.
I'm not saying George is guilty, that is not for me to decide, but valuable evidence has been lost or tainted, as they chose not to do any investigation. Just took his word for it.
I'm sure there will be much more information to come out, and the media in it's rush to be the first to release it, is not always accurate. I will wait to see official documentation before I make a decision.
This is not Chief Bill Lee's first major screw up.