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The Daily News out of Jacksonville, North Carolina, reported on April 28 that prosecutors will not press charges against a Camp Lejeune Marine who shot and killed two local men who burglarized his home and attacked him and two guests. The two burglars, Maurice Skinner and Diego Everette, were shot and killed by the Marine resident around 2 a.m. on April 15.

The Marine returned to his home at 1:40 a.m. with another Marine and a civilian friend and discovered the sliding glass door damaged and his dogs acting strangely. At that moment, the two burglars, Everette and Skinner, emerged from a bedroom with the resident's 12-gauge shotgun and struck him in the face with the butt of the shotgun. The two armed and violent assailants ordered everyone to the floor and demanded their cellphones and wallets. The burglars then told the three men that they were going to kill them and demanded duct tape and rope.

Once the resident learned that he and his guests were going to be tied up, he believed that the criminals would kill them. The resident acted as soon as he saw the burglar who was holding the shotgun look away. The Marine grabbed for the shotgun and struggled with the burglar. The two men fought with each other, and the second burglar came over and began brutally bludgeoning the Marine on the head and ear with a crowbar causing him to black out. The second Marine joined the fray and was beaten with the crowbar as well. As the first Marine regained consciousness, the burglar with the shotgun pointed it at him and pulled the trigger. Apparently, the burglar did not realize that the shotgun, even though it was loaded, was not pumped and did not have a shell chambered. The resident managed to wrest the shotgun from the burglar and shot the man twice in the torso. The resident then went to the aid of his friend who was being pummeled on the floor, and shot the second burglar twice.

All three victims of the burglary had significant injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Crime scene investigators found blood all over the house. The two dead burglars were wearing gloves and dark clothing. The deceased criminals had both served prison time for assault, larceny, and drugs, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction. Detectives also found stolen property that linked the burglars to other crimes that same night.

"These deaths, although tragic for the decedents' families, are justified pursuant to the facts and circumstances of this investigation and the law of North Carolina," District Attorney Ernie Lee said as he summed up the events of the night.

Lee said that the evidence clearly showed that the self-defense laws of the state applied here and the murders were justifiable homicides. "After investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department and reading the statements of the witnesses, it is clear that Everette's and Skinner's death[s] were justified because of the actions of Everette and Skinner in burglarizing the residence and assaulting, robbing and threatening to kill the occupants of the residence," Lee said in a statement during a press conference.

Families of the deceased criminals refused to accept the explanation offered by the D.A. and instead argued that the deceased criminals were actually the victims. The D.A. reminded them that all of the evidence portrayed the opposite and that the two men were killed in self-defense.
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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U5NC
Date:Jun 4, 2012
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