A grand jury voted against charging an Ohio father who shot and killed his daughter’s ex-boyfriend as he attempted to break into the family’s home.
The fatal incident took place on July 31, but the footage of the shooting captured on the family’s Ring doorbell camera recently surfaced on the internet. In the video, 22-year-old James Rayl can be seen wearing a baseball cap and hoodie, standing at the front door of his ex-girlfriend, Allyson Duckro.
As Rayl makes multiple attempts to open the door, people within the house are heard telling him to leave. Allyson’s father, Mitch Duckro, tells Rayl to get off his porch. As the situation intensifies, Rayl begins to throw the full weight of his body against the door. Duckro warns Rayl that he has a gun, but Rayle proceeds and three gunshots are heard.
Rayl stumbles down the front walkway and collapses around the corner of the driveway. According to reports, the 22-year-old was shot in both shoulders and his back. Shortly after the shooting, Shelby County sheriff officers arrived on the scene, but Rayl had already died from his injuries.
Reports from the Daily Mail state that Rayl had called and left a voicemail the night before the incident: Duckro’s daughter had broken up with him a year and a half before the shooting.
Evidence, including the footage of the shooting, the voicemail, and a 911 call, was presented to a Shelby County grand jury that went on to vote against indicting Duckro, citing Ohio’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Castel Doctrine” laws. Both laws allow homeowners to use lethal force when threatened.
Rayl’s family has since expressed outrage that Duckro would not be charged for his shooting, and reports state that they have launched a Facebook page demanding justice.
Expressing her anger at both Duckro and his daughter over the shooting of her brother, Rayl’s sister, Jessica Colbert, wrote in a recent Facebook post, “Mitch Duckro shot him in the back and killed him. I hope your days are more miserable than they’ve ever been. You’re a disgusting excuse of a human being along with your daughter.”
View video of incident below.