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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Self Defense or Murder?

     An 80-year-old man in Long Beach, California came home and found two burglars in his house. He shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant. Prior to being shot, the woman said, "Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant. I'm going to have a baby." Tom Greer, the homeowner, shot her anyway.

     At a press conference regarding the July 22, 2014 shooting, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the woman, 28-year-old Andrea Miller, did not appear to be pregnant.

     Officers arrested  her accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams, on charges of residential burglary and murder. Because Miller had been killed during the commission of a felony perpetrated by Adams, he was charged with criminal homicide under the felony-murder doctrine. The judge set Adams' bail at $1 million.

     Both Miller and Adams had criminal histories involving burglary. Investigators believed the couple had broken into Mr. Greer's home three times before. When Mr. Greer returned home at nine at night on July 22, he encountered the intruders. Both suspects attacked him, hitting him with their fists and body slamming him to the floor, breaking his collar bone.

     While Adams tried to pry open Mr. Greer's safe, the victim snuck into a room where he grabbed his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. As Greer opened fire the burglars fled through the garage and into an alley. Greer chased after them firing his gun. One of his bullets hit Miller who died in the alley.

     On July 29, 2014, police officers arrested 49-year-old Ruby Adams on suspicion she had acted as a lookout in the burglary of the Green home. The judge set her bail at $175,000.

     The authorities also announced that according to the medical examiner's office Andrea Miller was not pregnant.

     Regarding Mr. Greer, prosecutors have not determined if he acted in self defense or committed murder.


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