When 43-year-old Michael G. Augustine from Raytown, Missouri came home one night, he was stunned to see a senior man in what he thought was his home. Assuming that the man was an intruder, Augustine engaged with the “would-be” burglar placing the man in a chokehold, which eventually killed him. However, as the smoke cleared after the incident, Augustine discovered that the elderly man was in fact, not breaking into his home at all and that was just the beginning of the tragic story.
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It happened like this. King came to the door to find Augustine trying to get into this house. And when King confronted him about it, Augustine killed King in his front yard by choking him to death. Now Augustine has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. This charge has upset many neighbors who watched Augustine kill the veteran. They believe he should have faced a murder charge for the horrible crime he committed.
Apparently, Augustine, who lives down the block, thought King had broken into his house. Augustine even called 911 to report the intruder. But in truth, King was at his own home, and Augustine was heavily intoxicated. He told the 911 operator that he had the “intruder” in a choke hold.
When officers arrived at his address, no one was home. Meanwhile, Augustine was killing King in his own front yard.
Police believe Augustine was drunk. His speech was slurred and incoherent. Officers could also smell alcohol on him. Although he killed a veteran in his own yard, they only charged him with involuntary manslaughter.