Nevada's "stand your ground" law in spotlight

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Updated: 5/28/2014 12:03 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's "stand your ground" law is in the spotlight with the filing of murder charges against a 73-year-old suspect who says he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a man and wounded a woman trespassing on his property.

Family and friends of 34-year-old Cody Devine say he thought the woman lived in the run-down home in Sparks where she invited him the night Wayne Burgarello's accused of shooting them Feb. 13.

Debbie Peckham told reporters Wednesday her unarmed son was just "in the wrong place, at the wrong time." She was angry that police initially suggested he was a squatter but she's hoping now justice will be served.

The Rev. Howard Dotson says Burgarello's arrest should serve as a warning assailants can't hide behind Nevada's "stand your ground" law.

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renojim - 5/30/2014 7:48 AM
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Burgarello is now facing the "price of doing crime", as he is a murderous criminal now and will be behind bars until he dies.

renojim - 5/30/2014 7:46 AM
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Come on over Sierra, and when I KNOW you are in my house, I will call the police and have you arrested. He KNEW they were in there, he didn't open the door and stumble upon them, he knew they were there, went home, armed himself, and returned. You crazy right wingers need to learn how to read, not selectively read, but thoroughly read an article!!!

sierra11 - 5/29/2014 10:31 PM
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For those who feel some of us are "over reacting". Please post your address to this site so the next folk's that need a place to stay can come into your house! We all are aware this was a rental, but what if you were gone for a week or a month and came home to intruders in your home. YOU can make the life and death decision whether you are in imminent danger. Sorry but the "price of doing crime" sometimes has adverse affects. Don't judge till you have your own morals tested!

renojim - 5/29/2014 5:15 PM
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renojim - 5/29/2014 5:15 PM
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@Irena, you can't reason with stupid!!

Irena - 5/29/2014 4:00 PM
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I can't believe I hear the comments from the above "people". It is not a question of whether they were"squatting" or being somewhere they should not have been, it is a question of respect for human life! This dude with the gun could have called 911 and had them arrested. He did NOT HAVE TO KILL THEM! Where do you kids get off from? Since when do we have the right to kill someone just because we are mad at them or they have offended us or our property. They were not armed, probably lovers, and no threat to this dude! He was pissed because they were on his property. I would have been pissed too, but I would not have killed them or shot at them! It is INCREDIBLE that you don/t have more respect for human life. They had mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. God damm it, they were people! YOU DON'T SHOOT PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU ARE MAD AT THEM!!!! WAKE UP!

sierra11 - 5/28/2014 4:22 PM
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Criminals, dirt bag's and freeloaders welcome! Come on in........make yourself at home. That goes for your campground spot, truck stop sleeping area, car, front yard or your personal being! Nevada Law on this subject is quite clear. So let's not get a bunch of Obama Liberals who just "want to talk about this" get too construed! Stand your ground is a reasonable law and not the issue. Weather his life or others was in jeopardy is! Mr. Burgarello will have his day in court to prove that. I have said it before and I will say it again... One who gives up Rights for Security.... deserves NEITHER! By the way, with the gas and power turned off don't tell me these two didn't know what they where doing!

Bubbles - 5/28/2014 3:49 PM
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Unfortunately the legal/justice system is geared toward protecting the slime of society, screw the victims. Bottom line; if these two piles hadn't been squatting in someone else's property they wouldn't have been shot. The only person who should be in jail is the squatter that is still alive. Forget the courts it takes months to get these piles of trash out of a home even if they are there illegally.

XonEarth - 5/28/2014 3:05 PM
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You mean the Koch Brothers' "murder at will" law. These ongoing murders would not be happening if the Koch Brothers did not invent this disasterous legislation via ALEC by bribing corrupt stste politicians.

freedomrings - 5/28/2014 2:39 PM
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Mr. Burgarello was protecting his property and some how he becomes the bad guy. Funny how parents who fail to raise their kids properly, always say my kid would never do that. Now a 73 yr old man has become victimized twice.

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