Authorities have decided they will not be pressing charges against the Oklahoma homeowner who fatally shot three teen burglars! Stand your ground laws have come into play here and ensured this man gets to protect his home.
However, the young woman who was supposed to be the getaway driver, the only survivor, who turned herself in after the fact, she will be facing murder charges.
“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, according to the Associated Press. “It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force.”
This ruling comes as some, including the family of the deceased criminals, complained about the use of deadly force against the three teens, arguing that they didn’t deserve to die.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott approved Peters’ actions and the decision not to press charges.“We support the right of our citizens, the right to bear arms and to defend their homes,” Elliott said. “In this such case, we feel strongly that’s what took place here.”But Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of burglary.
While Rodriguez admits that being the getaway driver was wrong, she doesn’t believe she should be charged with three murders.“I know what we did was stupid and wrong,” she told ABC News. “I don’t blame [Peters]… I understand why he did what he did. I mean, I do to an extent.”
But, she added: “I won’t take responsibility for the murders, I won’t. I feel guilty, but I don’t feel responsible.”
Ethan Ellison, a friend of Rodriguez’s and the three would-be robbers, told ABC News that they spoke right after the deadly incident.
“She called me right after it was done. She called me and she was freaking out. And then she told me that the three boys got shot. … I was like, ‘What? What are you talking about? What do you mean?'” he said.
“She said that they thought that the house was empty. … All she knows, is she heard over 12 gun shots so she freaked out and left,” Ellison said.
According to ABC News, the teenagers broken into Peters’ home by breaking a window and entered the home wearing black ski masks. One was reportedly armed with a knife.
The Associated Press reported that Oklahoma is one of 24 states that allow people to shoot another person if they feel their safety is in question.