Homeowner thankful for Stand Your Ground law

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

May 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---23-year-old Lakashia Walker was shot while breaking into a home on Grand Boulevard this morning at around 3 o'clock.

Investigators say this is the third time this has happened in just two weeks.

Georgia's law allows you to defend yourself as soon as you feel threatened. And that seems to be what the 84-year-old homeowner did when he says the intruder broke into his garage.

The burglar hopped Frank Sams' fence and busted through his garage door.

"The lock gave away, and she come on in," Sams said.

The World War II veteran says it was the fourth time this week. This time, he was ready.

"I'm 84 years old," he said. "I can't be putting up with this carrying on."

Sams says things like antifreeze, Clorox, and yard equipment have been disappearing. So he waited for five hours and watched as the intruder headed down this path toward his tool shed.

"That's when I shot her," he said.

Investigators say Sams was allowed to shoot thanks to a Georgia law passed in 2006.

"You have a right to protect yourself, and if that includes firearms, so be it," Jim Whitehead, the bill's cosponsor, told News 12.

If you're being attacked, as Sams felt he was, you no longer have to wait for the criminal to come after you. Now you can go after your attacker right away, and even use deadly force to protect yourself.

"It's rough," Sams said. "I try not to bother anybody. I try to do what's right."

Frank Sams says he was able to do what he though was right thanks to the new law, protecting his property, himself, and his family from a late-night intruder.

If you want to know more about that law and how it affects your family, click here to read the full text of the bill.

Lakashia Walker is in critical condition at MCG where she was taken last night.

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  • by john Location: ellabell on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    That man had every right. who cares if she looks like she needed help. people die every day because of stupid low lifes like her. i work hard for everything i own and if you try to take it from me then you should be meet with deadly force. people should stand up for their rights as americans. drugs and alcohol are not excuses for breaking onto someone elses property. its not cruel or inhuman to act on some violating what is yours
  • by GeGe Location: South Carolina on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    I think Mr. Sams did a great job defending himself. My grandfather is slightly older and people take advantage of his helplessness all the time. Family included! Sad to say that Ms. Walker didn't learn her lesson. Now in jail for murder! Sad, sad, sad.
  • by Gene Location: Concord,Ca on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    I have no problem with this law! I have one question,was his life in danger? Why was he NOT arrested?Was he just to old? Somehow he did not get aressted. To me even thought someone had been breaking into the shed,he shot her in cold blood an people are happy he did.
  • by Butch Palmer Location: Historic Harrisburg Mill Village on May 3, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Nothing gets the word around like a good killing. We have the law on our side. Clean up Augusta, Richmond county, Now. Don't miss the chance to take out any thief that steps on your property! YES WE CAN!
  • by Georgia Location: Atlanta on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    The man did the right thing! If we were all allowed to use such force to protect ourselves and our things there would be a LOT LESS CRIME! But the sad truth is that he only got away with it because he's old. anyone else would have went to jail for attempted murder. But good for him! I'm glad somebody besides the cops got to stand their own ground for a change. Hopefully this incident will wake up our law abiding citizens and start a chain reaction!
  • by Dan Location: Maryland on Jul 27, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Valory: Yes she is a child of god, and if she's going to break into someone's home, then she should be prepared to explain herself to god when she meets him. Joe in OK. Why do you think Mr. Sams is an old white man? They never mentioned his race. In fact, they included a picture of a BLACK man.
  • by patricia Location: ga on May 24, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    you do the crime/ you do the time
  • by Angie Location: Augusta on Jan 14, 2008 at 01:03 PM
    THANK GOODNESS lawmakers have finally come to their senses. Let's hope this law will curb the criminal's sense of freedom to victimize. If not, at least this law will give the victim a chance to defend themselves! Forget about calling the cops - unless it's a murder they are too busy writing speeding tickets to pay attention to the "small" victims. I know, I've been the target of crimes several times with NO response from the police EVEN WITH EYEWITNESSES except a useless police report even when it's the SAME criminal that keeps coming back to victimize me NINE times!
  • by .Lawyers-Doctors. Location: savanna river on Jun 13, 2007 at 07:26 AM
    Thousands of innocent homeowners and Biz owners have died defending themselves from burglars& criminals like L. Walker. She could have been armed and killed the homeowner. He did not know she WAS NOT armed but it is a fact that she was coming after him & his, after jumping over his fence & breaking into his garage. Therefore if desperate criminals who HAVE killed THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS break into your property they should expect property owners to FINALLY be able to defend themselves. The ones defending the criminals like L. Walker are likely criminals themselves who are upset one of their own finally got stopped. But ONLY after thousands of innocents have died at their hands. It is about time the homeowner stopped one. Thank you Mr. Whitehead for cosponsoring this law. You have our vote.
  • by susan Location: augusta on May 24, 2007 at 12:43 PM
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