Missouri's 'Castle Doctrine' Tested

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri's new self-defense law known as the ``castle doctrine'' is headed for a test after a woman fatally shot her ex-boyfriend at her home.

A coroner's jury in Adair County ruled that Jackie Gleason committed a crime when she killed Rogelio Johnson after he climbed through a window at her Kirksville-area home in May. Authorities say Johnson was under court order to stay away from Gleason.

But Prosecutor Mark Williams said the shooting may be justified under the law, enacted last year at the urging of gun rights advocates. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Wednesday that a review of the shooting is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

The coroner's jury found that Gleason committed ``death by felony,'' but Williams said he's not convinced that jurors fully understood the law.


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