Man on Death Row For Defending Home, Infant Daughter Against Home Invaders In the middle of the night, one Cory Maye was the victim of a home invasion. He is now on death row for defending himself and his infant daughter.
[He] awoke to a furious pounding on his front door. According to his court testimony, he became frightened for his safety, and for the safety of his daughter. He ran back to the bedroom, where his daughter was asleep on the bed. He retrieved the gun he had for home protection, loaded it, chambered a round, and lay down on the floor next to her, hoping the noises and/or intruders outside would subside.
They didn't. Soon enough, Maye says, the door to Maye's bedroom flew open, and a figure entered from the outside. Scared, Maye fired his gun three times.
The figure was police officer Ron Jones, and one of Maye's bullets struck Jones in the abdomen, killing him. Worse for Maye, Jones also happened to be the son of the town's police chief.(1)
The police claimed "they repeatedly announced they were police, and asked Maye to open up."(2) They also say that "Cory Maye knew that Ron Jones was a police officer when he shot him."(3)
I remember reading that Maye surrendered after they announced they were police. I cannot find an authoritative source for this. Obviously, Maye did surrender since he is alive (until the state kills him, that is). Why would he surrender if he didn't know they were police? Armed men violently invading his apartment are not the sort he'd want to surrender to. If Maye knew they were police, why would he wait until after he had killed one of them to surrender? It doesn't make sense.
(1) Balko, Radley. "Railroaded Onto Death Row?" Fox News, 2006 February 15, paragraphs 4-6, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,184992,00.html
(2) Ibid. at paragraph 7.
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