Earl Jones, a 92-year-old war veteran, killed an intruder, Lloyd Maxwell, at his home in Boone County, Kentucky, reports the Daily Mail.
Jones claims his only regret is that he didn't shoot the other two intruders with Maxwell.
Jones told the Enquirer: "These people aren’t worth any more to me than a groundhog. They have our country in havoc. We got so many damned crooked people walking around today. I was hoping another one would come up. I aimed right for his heart. These people aren’t worth any more to me than a groundhog."
VERONA, Ky. — After his house was burglarized three times in a 12-day stretch in August, Earl Jones decided he’d had enough.
So when the 92-year-old farmer heard a noise Monday morning in the basement of his home about 120 miles southeast of Indianapolis, he got his .22 caliber rifle and waited to confront the intruders. He fired a single shot, killing Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell, 24.
Jones said he felt no remorse after shooting Maxwell.
“I felt good,” Jones said. “(Monday) was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.”
Authorities have no plans to charge Jones criminally. Jones has Kentucky law on his side, said Bruce McClure, director of the legal studies department at Northern Kentucky University.
When threatened by an intruder, “The statute does not require you to retreat – even to the telephone (to call 911),” McClure said.
“The law doesn’t contemplate that you would have to sit there and interrogate the intruder,” McClure added. “His defense is that he had a right to presume that they meant to cause him harm. He’s got the presumption in his favor.”
Jones never thought about calling 911.
“I’m a military man – I ain’t going to dial somebody and have to wait for an hour while the guy shoots me in the face and is gone,” Jones said. “Time is of the (essence).”
'Maybe this will stop all the stealing and robbing'The current break-in attempt was captured on video because Boone County sheriff’s investigators installed a motion-activated video camera at the Violet Drive home after it had been a target three times between Aug. 14 and Aug. 25, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tom Scheben.
Scheben released the video Tuesday afternoon.
“The video quality is subpar but definitely shows activity in the house,” Scheben said in a statement. The video shows the first intruder crawled through a doggie door in Jones’ basement. He slipped off a piece of wood securing the door. Then, he let in two accomplices.
Jones said he fired the shot after the intruder climbed up stairs and kicked in the door to the living room where he was sitting in his favorite chair, armed with the gun.
“He kicked it hard and dang near knocked it off the hinges,” Jones said. “When the body appeared, that’s when I raised the rifle, and I fired one shot. “
Jones aimed directly for Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell’s heart, squeezed the trigger and saw the intruder tumble backwards down the stairs.
“I missed the shot by an inch,” Jones said. “They all stop ‘em, but the one that goes in the heart, that’s the quickest. Maybe this will stop all this stealing and robbing.”
Kenton County Police found Maxwell of Richmond, Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20, both of Dry Ridge, in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala on Courtney Road after they received a 911 call with a bogus story about Maxwell’s wound, according to Scheben. The two uninjured men later admitted their involvement in the incident, according to Scheben. They were charged with second-degree burglary and tampering with evidence for removing Maxwell from the scene.
Kentucky has a “Castle doctrine” enshrined in its laws. That’s the right to defend one’s home with deadly force. Kentucky law allows the use of physical force if someone believes it’s needed to prevent criminal trespass, robbery, or burglary in their house.
Jones home is not the only one that has been targeted in the area recently. Annette Moore, who also lives on Violet Road, said thieves took a computer and TV, and again last Friday — two days before Jones’ home was burglarized — intruders stole another computer and some of Moore’s jewelry while she was out running errands. She said she didn’t notice the missing computer until the next morning. Moore said she is upset and more fearful now that she’s heard about the burglary and shooting at Jones’ place.
“I feel bad Mr. Jones had killed someone, but if he wounded him, I would have been cheering,” she said.
Another neighbor, Keri Kaeding, and her family have lived across the street from Jones since they first moved to Boone County in 2005.
“I don’t think at 92 you have to deal with that experience,” Kaeding said. “I don’t think anyone should.” Had a similar situation occurred at her home, Kaeding said, “We would have defended ourselves. I fully understand the choices Mr. Jones made.”
Kaeding described her neighborhood as “lovely.” She said that she and her husband haven’t been targeted in any property crimes.
“The only things we hear about are people going after Mr. Jones,” she said, adding, “My husband finds it worrisome. I find it angering.”
She said she feels safe in the neighborhood but wonders whether Jones’ repeated victimization was based on a false perception.
“I really think they mistook him for an easy mark,” she said.
Jones said his biggest concern now is getting his rifle back from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
“I called them and told them I need my gun back,” Jones said. “I need to be able to protect myself.”
A neighbor has loaned Jones a 12-gauge shotgun, and Rick Collett of Dry Ridge Pawn Shop has offered a replacement rifle.
“He came in about a month ago, and he and I had a nice talk and he told me he got robbed,” Collett said. “I’ve got a Marlin Model 60, just like the one he used, sitting right here waiting for him.”
Jones said he has talked to members of Maxwell’s family and he feels sympathy for them.
“They are good people,” Jones said. “They told me I didn’t have to explain anything to them.”
Dalton and Inabnit, remained in the Boone County Jail on Tuesday charged with second-degree burglary and tampering with evidence
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