June 30th, 2008
09:28 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Justified Killings?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/CRIME/06/30/burglary.shooting.ap/art.burglary.horn.khou.jpg caption="Joe Horn shot and killed two men last November after he saw them crawl out a neighbor's window"]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer
Do you remember this man?  Joe Horn shot and killed two men back in November who broke into his neighbor's house. He called 911 to report the buglary happening in daylight - right next door. The 911 dispatcher told him NOT to fire his shotgun.  But Horn did.  He shot the two men in the back. Today a Texas grand jury made a decision in the case that may lead to more protests and rallies in front of the house where the shootings took place.  We'd love to know what you think? Do you believe the killings were justified or not?

Tonight, there are also several developments on the campaign trail. We've got the fallout from Retired Gen. Wesley Clark's comments over the weekend on John McCain. His message: "I don't think riding a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification for being president." Did he go too far?

We're also looking at the phone chat today between Barack & Bill. The two have finally spoken one-on-one. How important is Bill Clinton to the Obama campaign? Do you think he can help or hurt the ticket?

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All that and much more tonight at 10pm ET.
Hope you'll join us.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. michelle

    I don't know if the killings were justified or not because I was not on the Grand Jury and not privy to all of the evidence presented. However, if the law in Texas allows you to defend yourself and your property, and if the Grand Jury found him to be doing that, then Mr. Horn had the right to shoot them. I'm sure he will remember this day for the rest of his life.

    June 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  2. Lanny

    Am I allowed to go around shooting people that I think are breaking the law? Are people not innocent until proven guilty? If someone were a threat to this man, why would he have to shoot them in the back? Did the shooter interrogate these men first, or did he assume the worst and kill them? By finding this man innocent, is Texas basically condoning its citizens to go on shooting rampages against those assumed to be breaking the law?

    Disgusted citizen

    June 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Since when has the death penalty applied to burglary? I am embarrassed that our legal system would allow this man to get away with murder! The two men deserved to go to jail for burglary not to die. I would be surprised if Mr. Horn knew they had any issue with cocaine or whether or not they were in this country legally when he pulled the trigger, he intended to KILL them the moment he picked up his gun. Everyone will be held accountable for his/her choices one day!

    June 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  4. sarah

    i don't care what it is, everything happens for a reason.
    Those were just plain bad men, and they were doing bad
    deeds,which i believe will catch up with you. mr. horn warned those
    men not to move while he was holding a shot gun at them! and they still approched him in his yared! If there a family or
    someone vonerable was in the home when they went to burglarize it
    i don't think those men would have gave anyone a warning that they were about to rob the place, Did Mr. Horn
    have the right to protect his neighbors property? yes. the neighnors asked him to. Does Texas law back him up? yes. people need to
    stop being so narrow minded and bigoted by calling it something
    its not(race, a set up or whatever) and just see they were just bad men. that someone does not have to be afraid of anymore.

    June 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  5. Stan

    Interesting case but I kind of wonder about the 911 call and what the operator had in mind. We only got bits and pieces. I was wondering why did it take the police so long to get to Horns house. I kind of wonder if it had ben the 911 operators home would he have acted a little different. I read the other comments and I would suggest to the people who made some of the interesting remarks take a look at Texas law. Was he justified? I don't know! I was not there.

    June 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
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