Sheriff: Shooter ‘defending his home’

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

Afterwards, Butler said he was not pleased with Mock’s finding, just three days after the shooting, that there would be no arrest.

“He was telling me it was justified by him being in the yard,” said Butler. “I told him I wasn’t happy with it. I don’t like it. I don’t think anybody has the right to kill somebody because they’re in your yard, unless they threaten you. Just to shoot somebody in your yard, I don’t think that’s justified, unless his life was threatened by him.

“I told the sheriff I don’t like the way things are turning out,” he said. “We want justice for our young man. My grandson can’t tell his story because he’s not around.”

At an interview Tuesday morning, conducted together with Johnson, Mock stressed that his decision does not mean the investigation is over.

“People think we’re done with this case. That’s not the case,” said the sheriff. “The case is not closed by any means.”

In a written release dated April 7, the sheriff’s office summarized its report of the investigation, and Mock and Johnson filled in details during the interview as they recounted what happened.

“Right now we feel like we do,” said Mock, when asked whether investigators had a clear idea of what happened that night.

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