When is Homicide Justifiable in Louisiana?: An Example

A recent case of justifiable homicide took place in 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury decided not to indict Richard Alexander with manslaughter for the killing of Keith Brown.  Alexander was arrested for manslaughter after he chased an alleged burglar from his home and fatally shot him in the driveway.

Alexander was inside his home in January 2011, at about 10:30 p.m. when Brown kicked down the door and entered Alexander’s home, according to police records.

Alexander, armed with a gun, confronted Brown, chasing him through the house, out the back door and down the driveway. According to Alexander, Brown allegedly pulled at the waistline of his pants, and Alexander began shooting.

Police said at the time of Alexander’s arrest, investigators considered Alexander’s actions criminal because Brown was no longer a threat as he was running from Alexander’s home.  However, one might assume that Brown, by not surrendering and also allegedly pulling at the waistline of his pants, indicated that he might intend to turn around and assault the victim.

Alexander was protected under Louisiana’s Castle Doctrine, which gets its meaning from the phrase “a man’s home is his castle.”   This doctrine permits the use of physical force to protect one’s self and property from forcible crimes and the use of deadly force in situations where circumstances are sufficient to excite the fear of a reasonable person that there would be serious danger to his own life or person if he attempted to prevent the felony without the killing.  To read further on justifiable homicide in Louisiana, click here.

If you are facing manslaughter charges in Louisiana, contact Baton Rouge Manslaughter Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer.

Source: The Advocate, “Panel declines to indict homeowner in killing,” April 27, 2012.