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Deadly home-invasion robbery results in 3 arrests

Three California men may face murder charges in relation to a home-invasion robbery in which a fourth would-be robber was killed. According to officers with the sheriff's department, the men could be charged with murder because the fourth man was killed during the alleged commission of a felony offense in which all four were reportedly participating.

Law enforcement officers reported that the incident, which happened in Merced on March 14, led to the shooting of the man by a homeowner. The four reported home invaders allegedly knocked on the door of a home at around 2 a.m., claiming they had car trouble. When they allegedly attempted to force their way into the house, a resident inside shot the fourth man. Two of the other suspects were also shot and injured. The homeowner reportedly was as well.

The sheriff's department said they are not yet certain whether or not the incident was related to gang activity. They did state that they believe the residents of the home were acting in self-defense.

Violent crimes may expose people who are charged to extremely long prison sentences if they are convicted. When a person is killed while a felony is being committed, the others involved may face murder charges even if they did not kill the person themselves. This includes when a person dies who is also helping with committing the offense. People who are facing such serious charges may want the immediate assistance of a criminal defense attorney. Building a defense case to manslaughter or murder can take significant investigation and time, and an attorney may begin working immediately upon being retained.

Source: Merced Sun Star, "3 arrested in slaying amid home-invasion robbery in Merced," Rob Parsons, March 18, 2016

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