From WTTC News in Dallas, we get this heartwarming tale of a long-time criminal, 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkin, who tried to climb in a window of a Texas home.
Dead burglar The elderly owner occupant saw him and fired one shot, ending Deyfon’s criminal career. As the police do, they came by to investigate, gathered the corpse, and then went to notify Deyfon’s family of his unfortunate demise. It seems that the family was very upset, because they showed up at the scene.
“He could have used a warning,” Lakesha Thompson, Pipkins’ sister-in-law, complained. “He could have let him know that he did have a gun on his property and he would use it in self-defense.” This reminds me of the guy that killed both his parents and then asked the court for leniency because he was an orphan.
COMMENT FROM THE SIDELINE:
“That’s certainly true, Lakesha. He could also have invited him in and given him a beer, then helped him cart the TV out to the curb.” THIS IS AN EDITORIAL COMMENT FROM SOMEONE IN TEXAS, NOT ME, BUT I CAN’T SAY
THAT I DISAGREE.
The Texas commenter continued. “Unfortunately for Deyfon, Texas is a Castle Doctrine state, (and the homeowner chose to shoot Deyfon, as is right and proper to do in Texas.
“For that matter, Lakesha, you could have warned Deyfon. Why didn’t YOU tell him: ‘Deyfon, yo’ needs to quit breakin’ into those peoples’ houses and stealin they XXX crap Someone is goins to pop a cap in yo’ xxx BUTT’ ( I put the XXX before I changed the words to less offensive synonyms).
“In light of the steadily increasing cost of ammunition, coupled with the rising scarcity of ammunition, a warning shot is a frivolous and unnecessary expense.” And, in this case a substantial savings of taxpayer money was a side result… no investigation expense, no jail time awaiting trial, no expense of a trial, and no prison costs after sentencing. Don’t you just love it when things work out right?
Now I have been called (among other choice words that cannot be repeated in a family newspaper) a hippie, communist, radical, freak, pinko, liberal subversive. But, I agree that one’s home is one’s castle. You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run. He should have done 2, 3, and
4, but he didn’t! Too bad! So sad! As Beretta said, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!”
Deyfon Pipkins is the latest winner of the Darwin Award. He was just too stupid to continue the species!
Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625 South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone 702-385-9777 or fax 702-385-300. His website is located at: www.macelaw.com.