Homeowner not indicted in shooting

Published 11:04 am Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The man who was the victim in an alleged home invasion will not face charges for shooting the suspect.

A Lawrence County grand jury returned a no bill in the case of Gary Carrico, of Kitts Hill, on Tuesday.

About two weeks ago Carrico was home alone in the afternoon when Joseph Flint Willis of Ashland allegedly broke into his house.

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“Willis kicks in the back door and once inside the home Carrico starts firing shots in self-defense,” Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said. “There was a no bill because Carrico acted in self-defense.”

The same grand jury indicted Willis on three counts of burglary and one grand theft charge, Anderson said. One of the burglary counts pertained to the incident at Carrico’s home. The others were for incidents on previous dates. The grand theft charge related to the theft of a firearm from another individual.

“I believe the homeowner was within his right to fire on the subject,” Anderson said. “The homeowner was home alone. The defendant kicked in his back door and he was in fear of harm or death.”

An indictment is a formal charge made against an individual. It does not determine that person’s guilt or innocence.