A Timberlake, NC man did not respond kindly to the threats of an armed home invader:
A homeowner shot and killed a masked man early Sunday who had broken into the Timberlake home, aimed a shotgun and demanded money, authorities said.
Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said the homeowner, whom he did not name, discovered Jonathan Ellias Ziminack, 25, in the bedroom at about 5 a.m. wearing a mask “like a hoodie (but) only his eyes were showing.”
The homeowner pulled a pistol from beside his bed and fired one shot at Ziminack, Jones said. The bullet hit the shotgun before striking Ziminack in the stomach, Jones said.
Ziminack was transported by medical helicopter to Duke University Medical Center where he died on the way to surgery, Jones said.
The dead thug’s girlfriend and suspected getaway driver Cody Alicia Bowling was arrested, and has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.
Charges against Bowling may be upgraded. While the media report does not mention it, she could conceivably be charged with Ziminack’s death under the controversial felony murder rul. the felony murder rule allows accomplices to specific felonies to be charged with murder for any death that results from their criminal acts, including the deaths of bystanders or the deaths of their co-conspirators, as was the case here.
Should she face murder charges for her participation in the crime, or would that be over-charging the case?