The terrified homeowner was on the ground with a gun pressed to her head. She managed to shoot the burglar.
Now Jackson County prosecutors have charged his alleged accomplice with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree burglary.
Dominique D. Richardson, 20, faces the murder charge because Missouri law allows accused accomplices to be charged with murder when a death occurs during the commission of a felony.
The homeowner acted in self-defense and did not face any charges, authorities say.
According to court documents, Richardson and Trevor Garms, 17, broke into a home in the 5800 block of Garfield Street at 2:15 p.m. April 9. The two men alleged boasted beforehand that they were planning to steal a flat-screen television and an Xbox 360.
The homeowner told police that she heard a knock on the door and Garms announced himself. She said when she opened the door that the two men pushed their way into her home, according to court documents.
"Garms held a handgun against her head and began telling her 'to get on the ground' while Richardson ran towards the back bedrooms," according to court documents. "During this time, the witness was next to her open closet door and reached in and grabbed a gun that was kept on the top shelf."
Garms was distracted and yelling at Richardson, allowing the woman to grab the gun unnoticed, according to court documents.
"Garms then put the gun to the back of the victim's neck and began trying to force her onto the ground. Thinking Garms was going to kill her, she fired one shot at him and he stumbled back," according to court documents. "She began begging him to leave, but he came back towards her and she fired again. Garms dropped the gun, but bent down to pick it up, still ignoring the witness' pleas for him to leave. As Garms picked up the gun, she fired again, at which time Garms stumbled out her front door and collapsed across the street."
Garms died on the sidewalk.
During the shooting, Richardson ran into the living room and saw what was happening. He ran out the back door to a car driven by a relative, according to court documents.
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