HOUSTON (AP) - A grand jury today declined to indict a Pasadena
homeowner over the shooting deaths of two men he believed were
burglarizing his neighbor's house.
Joe Horn shot the men in the back last November after he saw
them leaving a neighbor's house.
Horn confronted the pair after calling 911 -- and a dispatcher
pleaded with him not to go outside.
Horn's attorney has said his client believed the two men broke
into his neighbor's home and that he shot them only when they came
into his yard and threatened him.
The two were unemployed illegal immigrants from Colombia --
Hernando Riascos Torres and Diego Ortiz.
The incident touched off protests from civil rights activists
who said the shooting was racially motivated.
Horn's supporters say he was protecting himself and being a good
neighbor to a homeowner who was out of town.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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