No charges in Houston killing

A state grand jury yesterday decided not to indict a Houston householder who shot a Scottish businessman after mistaking him for a burglar, Reuter reports from Houston. The grand jury's decision came after testimony from Jeffrey Agee, who told police he shot Andrew De Vries, fearing the Scotsman was a burglar when De Vries pounded on his back door in the early hours of 7 January.

Also testifying was De Vries's companion during the incident, Sydney Graves, who told police De Vries was knocking on doors trying to get someone to call the police. After the grand jury ruling, De Vries's mother said: 'We are disgusted. We are not surprised but we hoped they would use this as a test case because of the insane gun laws.'

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