A news update on David McLaughlin from Indiana: David was recently found guilty in court of “criminal recklessness resulting in serious bodily injury”. David shot a home invader last April 21st and has been in the system since then. It was not until this week that he was convicted of this charge.
From David’s view he saw the invader, David Bailey, and feared for his life. So David asked to see Mr. Bailey’s hands and to not move. From the words of the StarPress the defense attorney Jill Gonzalez said he was alarmed at the early morning break in and only had seconds to act.
“This happened in a matter of seconds,” she said. “My client told him to freeze. … He didn’t shoot to kill. You have to stop somewhere,” she said. “People are tired of having their stuff taken.”
Gonzalez maintained McLaughlin was acting in defense of his family and property, and had been the victim of earlier break-ins.
Amazingly with the testimony of David McLaughlin himself, and the lie of the would be thief to the police, it took the jury just over an hour to find this defendant guilty. With that sentence Mr. McLaughlin will be facing some 18 months of jail time.
Even more amazing is that the police said from the stand how cooperative and pleasant it was to work with David McLaughlin during that day and the days following the shooting. He did not shoot to kill, bu only defend his person and property simultaneously. I’m sure that after the jail time is served, no one will dare try to break in David’s house. Or maybe they will.