November 30, 2023


OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lady accused of fatally capturing her neighbor final week within the violent fruits of what the sheriff described as a 2½-year feud was arrested Tuesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.

Susan Louise Lorincz, 58, who’s white, was arrested on prices of manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery and two counts of assault within the demise of Ajike Owens, a Black mom of 4, Sheriff Billy Woods stated in an announcement.

Authorities got here underneath stress Tuesday to arrest and cost the lady who fired by way of her entrance her door and killed Owens in a case that has put Florida’s divisive stand your floor regulation again into the highlight.

In a video posted on Fb late Tuesday evening, the sheriff stated this was not a stand your floor case however “merely a killing.”

“Now a lot of you have been struggling to know why there was not an instantaneous arrest,” the sheriff stated. “The legal guidelines right here within the state of Florida are clear. Now I could not like them. I could not agree with them. However nonetheless, these legal guidelines I’ll comply with.”

The video shared by the sheriff’s workplace exhibits two detectives and a deputy escorting Lorincz, who was sporting shorts, a black high and a jacket, down a hallway. The girl’s fingers have been behind her again as she walked.

Jail information present she was booked, however didn’t listing a lawyer who may converse on her behalf. It wasn’t instantly clear when she would make her first courtroom look.

Woods stated that when interviewed by investigators, Lorincz claimed she acted in self-defense and that Owens had been attempting to interrupt down her door previous to her discharging her firearm. Lorincz additionally claimed that Owens had come after her previously and had beforehand attacked her. Via their investigation – together with acquiring the statements of eyewitnesses – detectives have been in a position to set up that Lorincz’s actions weren’t justifiable underneath Florida regulation, an announcement from the sheriff’s workplace stated.

About three dozen principally Black protesters gathered outdoors the Marion County Judicial Heart to demand that the shooter be arrested within the nation’s newest flashpoint over race and gun violence. The chief prosecutor, State Lawyer William Gladson, met with the protesters and urged endurance whereas the investigation continues.

“If we’re going to make a case we’d like as a lot time and as a lot proof as doable,” Gladson stated. “I don’t wish to compromise any legal investigation and I’m not going to do this.”