Former Adair County jail administrator won't face charges in shooting because of self-defense law

Saturday, February 7, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will not file charges against the former Adair County jail administrator in the fatal shooting of her ex-boyfriend.

He cited Missouri's new self-defense law known as the "castle doctrine" in a letter this week explaining his decision not to charge Jackie Gleason. The shooting of 48-year-old Rogelio Johnson was said to be the first test of the new law, which allows a person to use lethal force against intruders.

A coroner's jury in Adair County had ruled that Gleason committed a crime when she killed Johnson after he climbed through a window at her Kirksville area home in May. Authorities said Johnson was under court order to stay away from Gleason.

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