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Gunsmoker posted this over at PDO but for some reason neglected to post it here, so I have copied it here and posted it for him. These two men were members of the church of Christ on Gordon Road in Moreland, the congregation where my family attends church. This happened a long time ago (1990), but the cretins who committed the murder were only arrested more recently.

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Here at Packing.org we often hear, "be polite, but be prepared--have a plan on how to kill everyone you meet." Or something like that. Well here's an example of how that advice would have served a man and his adult son well. Had they followed it, they may have lived.

And we often debate the merits of different guns in different calibers. We would all agree that a tricked-out AR-15 rifle makes a better defensive weapon than a .380 pistol, right? Well some people don't like the 5.56mm round. Okay, well EVERYBODY would agree a shotgun beats a .380, right? But in this case, the victims were killed a burglar with a .380, and then the burglar stole the victim's long guns. Why? Because the burglar remembered the first rule of winning a gunfight-- BRING A GUN! HAVE IT WITH YOU !!! The victims had their guns somewhere in their house, but not in their hands, therefore doing them no good whatsoever. And they did not bother to arm themselves before going to check out that suspicious vehicle in their driveway, thus when they came face-to-face with the bad guys, they were immediately captured (and quickly executed by the thugs).

Anyhow, this is just a reminder. The deadliest battle weapon in your gun safe or in your closet is no substitute for the small gun that you wear, carry, or keep within easy reach at all times.

The burglary of the Rainwater home and murders of Joe Rainwater and George Rainwater were committed in Coweta County in 1990, but this case is in the news today because the Georgia Supreme Court just upheld the conviction of one of the bad guys. (And no, he didn't get the death penalty, although we can hope he gets raped in the prison shower and later dies from AIDS, I suppose....)

Here's the citation: Denny v. State, S06A1252, decided 10/16/2006.
 

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Joe Rainwater and his son George were shot and killed on January 24, 1990, at the home of Joe's other son, Kevin. Kevin's neighbor, Evelyn Hall, spied a suspicious white van at the house and called Joe's sister and George's aunt, Ann Houston, who lived across the street from Kevin. Houston and her daughter saw the van and a man who resembled Denny. Houston telephoned Joe's wife, who presumably then contacted Joe and George. The two men drove separately to Kevin's house and arrived while the van was still there. Denny, his brother Michael Denny (“Michaelâ€), and Russell Brown, who committed burglaries together, had broken into Kevin Rainwater's home. They had driven around Coweta County in search of a home to burglarize and selected Kevin Rainwater's home because it looked empty, and sat far back off the road. When Joe and George arrived, Denny took a pistol from Brown and forced the Rainwaters inside and onto the floor. Denny then gave the pistol to Michael and ordered him to shoot the men, which he did. George's pregnant wife and five-year-old daughter found the bodies later in the day. The men had been shot in the head, execution style, by a .380 semi-automatic pistol. The house had been ransacked. A distinctive AR-15 rifle had been stolen along with a .22 pistol, a shotgun, a bottle of liquor, and other items. Evidence collected at the scene included .380 shell casings and a cigarette butt.

The crimes went unsolved, but the investigation continued. In 1998, an investigator was able to trace the stolen AR-15 rifle. The investigator also resubmitted the cigarette butt to the State Crime Lab for testing. In October, 1998, the lab was able to extract and analyze DNA from saliva on the cigarette. The resultant DNA information was periodically run through a GBI database of known samples until December, 2001, when a match with the DNA of Michael occurred. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a blood sample from Michael; analysis of that sample confirmed the match.

Further investigation revealed that Michael had been arrested for burglary in neighboring Spalding County seven days after the Rainwater murders. Also arrested were Denny, another relative, and Russell Brown. They were arrested in Denny's white van.
 

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:oops: By "these two men" I meant the victims were church members, not the cretins. :oops:
 

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My heart breaks. What a despicable crime. That sort of thing really is offensive to humanity.

Just the other day, my wife called me regarding a suspicious white pickup truck parked in front of the house. Turns out is was just a lost painter looking at a map. Coming home to that unarmed could lead to just the result posted above.
 
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