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Once again, more proof that the most dangerous (and idiotic) occupation in Texas is “home burglar:”
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth police say a high school student who was found shot to death had been robbing a house with two men when she was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire. Two other suspects were arrested.
Police revealed Saturday that 17-year-old Claudia Hidic of Fort Worth had been a suspect in the robbery, along with Curtis Fortenberry and Terrance Crumley, who are 21.
Police said in a news release that the three went to the house June 28 planning to rob the occupants. During the robbery gunshots were exchanged and Hidic was shot in the head. Her body was found near the back door of a home.
Police said Crumley turned himself in Saturday. Fortenberry was already in custody on unrelated charges. They are charged with felony murder.
Try to break into someone’s home in Texas, you should expect there’s a pretty decent chance that you are going to get shot. And, if the homeowner is a good shot and not in a good mood — as appears to be the case here — there’s a good chance you might get shot in the head and wind up dead. The worst part of this story? That the homeowner was not able to get a bead on the other two thugs.
And, once again, one of my favorite laws in Texas is invoked — charging the two accomplices with felony murder, even though they didn’t pull the trigger, and the intended target of their crimes did. Under Texas law, you can be charged with felony murder if you are committing a felony and someone is killed during the commission of that crime. Even if it one of your fellow criminals.
Young Claudi was a young white girl. Her two thugs-in-crime are young black men. There’s a very real lesson here for you parents out there. If you’re really not sure what it is, go re-read this piece by John Derbyshire.