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Burglar killed over the weekend arrested for murder 2 years ago

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Posted: Jan 31, 2011 5:37 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 31, 2011 5:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Hillar Moore, Richard Alexander, Keith Brown, Burglar, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the man shot and killed after burglarizing a home in Baton Rouge over the weekend was arrested in 2009 for murder.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Keith Brown was never formally charged.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised over the law that protects homeowners who try to defend themselves. Richard Alexander was arrested for manslaughter after he allegedly shot and killed Brown.

"A homeowner who is in his home legally or place of business for his vehicle has no duty to retreat if that homeowner believes someone is going to come inside and make unlawful entry," Moore said.

The law on the books allows a homeowner to use deadly force if an intruder comes inside. However, in this case, investigators say Brown was outside and running away from Alexander when he was shot.

"If he was a threat to their home, they should have called 911," Brown's friend Victoria Decay said.

D.A. Hillar Moore said it is likely this case will be presented to a grand jury. An autopsy was performed on Brown this afternoon. It is unclear if he was shot in the back.

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