On March 3, 2012, our younger brother and son, Bo Morrison was fatally shot and killed in Slinger, WI. He ran from an underage drinking party and hid inside an enclosed porch of a neighboring house. Although he was unarmed, he was shot and killed with a single bullet to the chest. There were no charges filed in Bo’s death. Although the Castle Doctrine protects homeowners from using lethal force, the doctrine is extremely flawed. Bo’s case is the first in Wisconsin to be tested under the Castle Doctrine. Bo was not an intruder like the media is portraying him. He was scared and made a mistake. We all make mistakes. He did not deserve to lose his life.
The Castle Doctrine has a few stipulations. Some of those include:
The occupant(s) of the home must reasonably believe that the intruder intends to inflict serious bodily harm or death upon an occupant of the home.
Bo was crouched down, unarmed. As soon as he stood up he was shot and killed.
In some states, the occupant(s) of the home must reasonably believe that the intruder intends to commit some lesser felony, such as arson or burglary.
Once again, Bo was hiding from the cops. Bo was crouched down, unarmed. As soon as he stood up he was shot and killed.
A man named Jerome Satorius who is a Vietnam veteran and a longtime gun owner expressed his thoughts on the Castle Doctrine, saying, "You have to think about it. That's just common sense and safety. You can't just whip out a gun and start shooting at stuff.” In other words, the Castle Doctrine gives the impression that it’s “open season” in Wisconsin, that if you shoot someone and maintain you were simply protecting your home you could walk free. This opens the door to a dangerous litany of consequences that could alter the landscape of Wisconsin forever.
Currently, the media is focusing all of its’ attention on the homeowner and taking his story as the absolute truth. But Bo is not here to tell his side of the story. The media is portraying Bo as a dangerous intruder with a long criminal record, but not on what the homeowner could have done differently. Simply put, they are not focusing on the fact that a 20 year old man has lost his life and his killer was allowed to walk free by an extremely flawed law.
Further evidence is now being released. We learned that the homeowner was on the phone with police 2 minutes prior to shooting Bo. He was not "awakened" by a noise. He was well aware there were police 300 ft from his home after he "discovered" Bo hiding in his home. Also, we learned that the 911 that was released to the public was edited. We are hearing you can hear the homeowner yelling at Bo after he shot him calling him a "stupid f***ing kid."
Bo was the sweetest boy imaginable. He was the type of person who would have done anything for anyone. He had just recently graduated from MATC in Milwaukee with a Carpentry degree. He was planning on enrolling in the 2012 fall semester at MATC for Construction. Bo loved everything from sports to snowboarding to music to hanging out with friends. We firmly believe there was no justice in his case. We are not going to let Bo go down without any justice. We will fight until we cannot fight anymore.
Please join us in calling on our Wisconsin State Legislature to repeal the Castle Doctrine and calling on Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen to reopen Bo's case.