Fasbenner family searches for answers

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 04:32 PM.

“As far as I know, this has nothing to do with Stand Your Ground,” said Meggs. “You never had a duty to retreat in your own home.”

He said that in weighing the case, the question could become whether Page “was justified to use deadly force to prevent great bodily harm or imminent death.

“Just because it’s said it was self-defense, doesn’t make it self-defense,” said Meggs. “I don’t know all of the facts of this case.”

Meggs said he has heard from some of the friends of the Fasbenner family, but has only received one phone call from a family member. He said that his office will rely on the sheriff’s investigation.

“The sheriff is the elected law enforcement officer,” he said. “I don’t think I expect him to bring every case to us. If they do, we’ll be happy to work with him.”

Meggs said he could decide to bring the matter to a grand jury, which is only mandated for first-degree murder cases, of which this clearly was not one.

“It’s not a case at all yet,” he said. “I have the authority to convene (a grand jury) to ask them to look into this, but I don’t have anything to present to a grand jury yet. If we feel we need a grand jury to look at it, we don’t have a grand jury sitting in Franklin County and if we need one we’ll certainly get one.

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