Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man avoids jail for killing neighbour after catching him drowning twin babies

Leland Foster was shot dead
Leland Foster was shot dead
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A man has escaped charges after killing his neighbour, who was trying to drown twin babies.

David Cash Freeman rushed to a neighbour’s home in Ada, Oklahoma after a 12-year-old girl ran to his house for help, according to KFOR-TV.

When he arrived at the girl's home, investigators say he found his neighbour Leland Foster attempting to drown his three-month-old twins in a bathtub, while holding a knife and threatening their mother.

Freeman then allegedly shot Foster three times.

According to Fox 13 news, the district attorney's office said that Freeman considered Foster "a threat" and responded in the best interests of the children.

"Mr. Freeman reported that even after firing two (2) shots, he still considered the decedent to be a threat observing him to [be] armed with the knife and responding to the cries of the mother to help her because she felt the children were going to die, and viewing the decedent's evil intent expressed in his facial expression, he felt compelled to fire the third shot to attempt to get past this violent man to render aid and prevent the man from getting back up to harm anyone anymore."

The mother of the children also credited Freeman with saving their lives, according to the investigative report, which reads: "the neighbor saved their life and that she was glad that he did or they would have all been dead... Leland was going to drown the babies and the knife was meant for her."

The Pontotoc County District Attorney ruled the shooting was a "justifiable use of deadly force under Oklahoma Law".

Oklahoma law allows for what is known as 'justifiable homicide,' defined by "the lawful defense of such person or of another, when the person using force reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another."

On Thursday, the district attorney also praised the Ada Police Department, adding that the shooting was a tragic situation but the loss of life was necessary.

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