SC man sued for shooting, killing man trying to break into his home

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) – A lawsuit has been filed by the mother of a man who was fatally shot by an Anderson homeowner who said someone was trying to break into his house.

The Independent Mail reports Jo Pickens, mother of Leandus Pickens, filed two lawsuits Tuesday against Anderson funeral home owner Marcus Brown.

The first lawsuit says Brown caused the wrongful death of Leandus Pickens in April 2014 by “negligently and recklessly discharging a firearm.” The second lawsuit says Brown “failed to exercise due care” before shooting Pickens.

Each lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages.

Brown says he was acting in self-defense when he shot an unknown intruder who climbed through a window of his home. Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams announced Oct. 1 that no criminal charges would be filed against Brown.

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