Bayou Body Count: Another Round Of Self-Defense, Texas-Style

It's the right of any Texan to defend himself in his own home with deadly force. That's more than just an ethos, hell, the law says so. And this past week, according to Houston police, that right was put into action.

On Tuesday at around 2 a.m. at 6024 Doulton, Rodney Thomas shot and killed his nephew, 40-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Allen, Jr. of Missouri City.

Police say the two relatives were arguing in Thomas' home when Thomas told Allen to get out. Allen did so, but then returned and allegedly threatened Thomas with a metal pipe, police say. Thomas repeatedly told his nephew to leave, but Allen refused and advanced on Thomas, who shot Allen in the chest, police say.

The case has been forwarded to a Harris County grand jury to decide if Thomas was in fact acting in self-defense.

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A 16-year-old was involved in what appears to be a slightly more clear-cut case of self-defense last Thursday.

According to police, the teen was asleep in his home at 9014 Kerrwood at around 7:20 a.m. when a man broke down the back door and entered the home. The noise woke up the teen, who then ran into another room to get a rifle. When the intruder entered that room, the 16-year-old thought the man had a gun and fired, killing him, police say. Investigators say the intruder turned out to only have a B.B. gun, but that no charges were filed against the teenaged shooter.

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Houston police also began investigating the fatal stabbing of a man early Wednesday morning. Police say they responded to a report of a body at 221 Calloway. When they arrived, officers found Christopher D'Von Simon, 25, lying in the rear of his home. He appeared to have been stabbed in the throat, police say. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Anyone with information concerning these investigations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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