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Warren Homeowner Who Killed Teen Intruder Won't Be Charged


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When this first broke one of the first and loudest theory's discussed was the fact this poor victim was growing medical cannabis and that was the reason for the break-in.

 

That aspect was eventually dismissed but still they feel the need to mention the fact in every story you read, attempting to poison the public's perception of us and medical cannabis.

 

It is not the thief who is hanged, but one who was caught stealing.

- Czech proverb

 

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2011/06/08/news/local_news/doc4def605d7837f000021846.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Police had wondered whether medical marijuana inside the home was a factor but later ruled that out.

 

Prosecutors will not file charges against a Warren man who fatally shot a 17-year-old intruder moments after the teenager broke into his home last month.

 

After reviewing the Warren police investigation of the May 2 incident, officials at the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office concluded the teenager was carrying a knife and that the 31-year-old homeowner had a right to defend himself.

 

“(The burglar) was armed, inside the house, and face to face with the homeowner and the homeowner has every right to protect himself and his home,” William Cataldo, chief of homicide cases for Macomb prosecutors, said Tuesday.

 

“Macomb County juries have been very clear and the law is clear. He does not have to retreat in his own house.”

 

Mack Devante Click was shot after he climbed through a window of the home on Los Angeles Street at approximately 10 a.m. May 2, Warren police said.

 

Journal Register Newspapers is not publishing the name of the homeowner. Police said he was awakened by a knock at the front door but didn’t respond to it. Moments later, he heard a knock at the side door.

 

The homeowner, who was the lone occupant of the house at the time, saw Click after the teenager had climbed through a window, police said.

 

The homeowner fired a shotgun once from within the house, and evidence showed the teen fled through a window, officials said.

 

A knife found outside the window matches those from a cutlery set in the house, officials said. Click collapsed near a fence in the backyard, suffering from massive blood loss. He was declared dead by doctors at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

 

The homeowner dialed 911 and reported that he shot an intruder, officials said. He was hospitalized for a panic attack shortly after officers began questioning him at his home. He was released from a hospital that day and went to Warren police headquarters, but told detectives he wanted to have an attorney present. A lawyer didn’t show up and the Warren man, who wasn’t held in custody, left the police station. He returned the next day without an attorney and cooperated with investigators, law enforcers said.

 

“His statements have been consistent with the 911 call through all of the interviews,” Cataldo said. “The physical evidence is consistent with his statement.”

 

A review by prosecutors of police reports and other evidence following the shooting of a burglar is standard procedure.

 

In this instance, multiple assistant prosecutors reviewed the police findings individually and collectively, Cataldo said.

 

Police had wondered whether medical marijuana inside the home was a factor in the incident, but later ruled that out. Investigators are convinced the homeowner and Click were not acquainted.

 

A woman who resides on Patricia Street in Warren told police she answered a knock at her door at 8:20 a.m. May 2 — less than two hours before Click was killed.

 

The man at her door asked if a person named “Justin” was there, but left when the homeowner replied nobody by that name lived at the home. Shown a picture of Click by police, she identified the Warren teenager as the person she greeted on her porch, police Commissioner Jere Green said.

 

Investigators think Click, who resided on Panama in Warren, was responsible for at least a portion of a rash of burglaries in the area.

 

In a nearly two-month period, 20 residential break-ins were reported in an area measuring approximately one square mile. Victims reported that jewelry and cash were the only things taken from their homes.

 

Evidence technicians were able to lift fingerprints from eight residences. Two of the samples matched Click’s fingerprints, although some of the remaining ones may have been inconclusive, Green said.

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side note:

Police said he was awakened by a knock at the front door but didn’t respond to it. Moments later, he heard a knock at the side door.

The homeowner, who was the lone occupant of the house at the time, saw Click after the teenager had climbed through a window, police said.

 

The homeowner fired a shotgun once from within the house, and evidence showed the teen fled through a window, officials said.

 

A knife found outside the window matches those from a cutlery set in the house

"Mack Devante Click was shot after he climbed through a window of the home on Los Angeles Street "

 

Then how did he get a knife from the home's cutlery set prior to entering the window?

 

ah well.

 

-DN

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