Castle Doctrine: How Close is Too Close?
Filed in the category of the #Castle-Doctrine, a homeowner in Alexander County N.C. shot and killed a man, he claims in self-defense of his home.
After a disagreement, Jason Clary shot alleged assailant Travis Harold in the driveway of Clary's house. Clary claims Harold and others arrived at his house armed with metal pipes, with intent to do him harm. Clary claims he shot Harold in self-defense, but cell phone video captured at the scene shows a distance of up to 50 feet between the men. Harold died while en route to the hospital.
The question is: where does the Castle Doctrine begin? Is 50 feet close enough to provide a reasonable expectation of probable harm? Or does the Castle Doctrine only allow self-defense from an assailant inside your home?
At the Rodeo, we want to know. Add your voice in the comments below.
Clary has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
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