The Castle Doctrine and Springfield's latest deadly shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. We’re taking a closer look at Missouri’s Castle Doctrine after the deadly shooting that happened on North Golden Avenue Tuesday night.
Police say Charlie Ingram was shot and later died in the hospital. Homeowner Mark Glidewell says the shooting was justified because Ingram broke into his house.
“That’s a classic case of the castle doctrine,” said Attorney Tom Carver.
Carver has been a criminal defense attorney in Springfield for over forty years. He says if you’re at home, and an unwelcome visitor comes onto your property, you don’t need to retreat before you defend yourself.
“He has a legal right to resist their entry and use deadly force,” said Carver.
And Missouri’s Castle Doctrine was just expanded during the veto session in September. The new law went into effect in October, and now lawful house guests can defend property as though it were their own.
But Carver points out the the law has its limits.
“If you’re at the Walmart and somebody looks at you funny, and you just decide to kill them, you had better have some pretty good justification for that,” Carver said.
After the shooting on North Golden Avenue, KSPR News spoke with Glidewell. He said Ingram was upset with his ex-girlfriend, who was at his house.
He said, “I don’t feel good about it. I didn’t want to have to shoot him. But I had to protect my property.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing. But Carver says he doesn’t expect the prosecutor to file charges against Glidewell.
“Unless I miss my bet, that fella will not be charged with a crime,” Carver said.