Shooting Through Doors
Burglary suspect killed on porch
By Kathleen Baydala
A Jackson man who shot through his front door at a suspected house burglar early Sunday morning never intended to kill him, a relative said. But Marcus Rawls, 23, of Jackson was found dead on the porch at 4:36 a.m. wearing a ski mask and gloves, officials said. Tory Willis said his brother, Cedric Marshall, was shaken up after learning he had fatally shot a man at 464 Willaman St. "He was trying to protect himself," said Willis, 23. "He wasn't trying to kill anybody."
Jackson Police Department Detective Brendon Bell said police had not charged the shooter as of Sunday night. Bell would neither identify nor confirm the shooter described as "an occupant of the house," but Willis identified his brother as the shooter. Marshall could not be reached. But during an interview at the home Sunday afternoon, Willis described what happened.
Willis said his brother told him two men he didn't know knocked on his door at 2 a.m. Sunday. And when Marshall didn't answer, the men tried to kick down his door, so he fired shots to scare the men off. Thinking he had done so, he went to bed, Willis said. A few hours later, Marshall's cousin drove by the house and called Marshall when he saw a man lying on the porch, Willis said.
Rawls died from a gunshot wound to the head, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart. "Right now the case has to be prepared and presented to the grand jury," Bell said. The grand jury will determine whether the shooting was justifiable. Bell could not confirm whether there was a second potential burglar.
Many of the surrounding neighbors on Willaman Street said the neighborhood is usually quiet except for a recent string of break-ins. Precinct 2 Commander Lee Vance said there has been criminal activity in that area in the recent past. "I would not say house burglaries are any more prevalant there than in other places," Vance said.
The homeowner stated he did not intend to kill. With those statements he may have destroyed a defense grounded on fear for his life. The threat was still on the homeowner's porch when he was shot. This one will be interesting. I hope this homeowner has some skin on his teeth, he might need it. Mississippi's justifiable homocide law can be found here.
Ski-masked man shot to death on porch had criminal history
Victim pleaded guilty to burglary in 2004; mother says he wasn't breaking in
By Kathleen Baydala
A bullet hole scars the center of the door of the Jackson home where Marcus Rawls was shot early Sunday. Although Marcus Rawls has a criminal history, including burglary, his mother said Monday she does not believe he was trying to break into a house when he was fatally shot early Sunday morning. "Why would he rob somebody when he had money in his pockets," Vonda Rawls said. Her 23-year-old son had been working construction jobs since being released from jail, she said.
Rawls pleaded guilty in October 2004 to charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, receiving stolen property and cocaine possession dating to 2000, according to Hinds County Circuit Court records. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison and, with time served, was released last month, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections records. Police found Rawls dead on the porch at 464 Willaman St. at 4:36 a.m. Sunday wearing a ski mask and gloves. He died from a gunshot wound to the head, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said. Rawls had died shortly before his body was found by police, Grisham-Stewart said.
Jackson Police Department Detective Brendon Bell would not identify the resident, whom he described as "an occupant of the house," but Tory Willis identified his brother, Cedric Marshall, as the one who fired the gun. Bell would not confirm that identification Monday, saying the case is still being investigated and no charges have been filed. But Vonda Rawls said she is upset police have not charged the man who shot her son. The case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether the shooting was a justifiable homicide. Attempts to reach Marshall on Monday were unsuccessful. Willis said Marshall told him Sunday he thought two men were trying to break into his home at 2 a.m. and shot through the door to scare the intruders away. "He was trying to protect himself," Willis said. "He wasn't trying to kill anybody." Bell would not say if Rawls was accompanied by anyone else at the time of the shooting. Willis said his brother did not realize he had hit anyone until a few hours later and called the police. Bell would not identify the person who made the 911 call to authorities.
Good luck to Cedric Marshall. Vonda Rawls is obviously delusional in her grief and avarice, and some slick attorney will be looking for a score. It's time Cedric Marshall told his brother Tory Willis to shut the hell up and hire legal counsel. Even if a shooting is justified, the defense costs in civil court can wreck a person.
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