As the nation continues to mourn the tragic murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of vigilante neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, 28, the shooting death of 20-year-old Bo Morrison on March 3, in small-town Slinger, Wisconsin has flown largely under the radar.
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Global Grind reports that Morrison was attending an under-age drinking party at the home of Tim Hess — his daughters were the hosts –when an aggravated neighbor, Adam Kind, 35, called police at approximately 1:00 a.m. complaining about loud music coming from a car parked in Hess’s driveway. Kind then approached the car and asked a woman inside to turn the volume down; she allegedly refused. Police arrived on the scene at approximately 1:05 a.m.
According to authorities, they attempted to gain entrance to the garage where the party was being held for approximately 45 minutes before calling Kind and telling him that his neighbor would be cited in the morning.
It was only minutes later that Hess walked outside and kicked the garage door in, making the scared party-goers swiftly run and hide. Unfortunately for Morrison, he ran to Kind’s home and hid in an enclosed porch.
Less than a minute later, he was shot dead with a Colt 45.
Under Wisconsin’s recently enacted “Castle Doctrine Law,” authorities and District Attorney Mark Bensen contend that Kind was well within his rights to use deadly force:
Under a reasonable view of the evidence the homeowner acted reasonably in his use of force based on the facts and circumstances,” he said.
Kind is standing his ground, saying that he heard movement from his porch and with his wife, two children and a child guest inside, he had every right to defend his property. He shot Morrison once, as he claims that the young man was walking towards him wearing dark clothing, and immediately told his wife to call 911.
Morrison’s mother, Lauri Morrison, said he was trying to hide because he had previous tickets for underage drinking, but says that does not excuse cold-blooded murder.
He executed my son,” she said. “This cannot happen to another kid.”
The “Castle Doctrine” law is eerily similar to the controversial “Stand Your Ground Law” that stands at the center of the Trayvon Martin case. Whereas “Stand Your Ground” gives people the right to meet force with force in an situation where they feel threatened, the “Castle Doctrine,” plays on conventional wisdom that a man is the king of his castle, and as such, has the right to protect property and family as deemed fit — including gunning someone down if a threat is detected.
To say the law encourages people to shoot I think is simply wrong. I don’t think it does,” said Auric Gold, secretary of Wisconsin Carry. “When you think about it, if you are in your home, car or place of business, where do you have to retreat to? Those are the places of retreat.”
To date, Kind has not been charged and rallies have begun in Wisconsin in protest of the murders of both Martin and Morrison.