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'Stand your ground' law tested in recent shootings

Recent cases in Montana and Minnesota have taken the "stand your ground" debate to a new level.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Recent cases in Montana and Minnesota have taken the "stand your ground" debate to a new level.

Markus Kaarma of Missoula, Montana, is accused of setting a trap and blindly shooting into his garage, killing a 17-year-old exchange student.

Byron Smith of Little Falls, Minnesota, was convicted Tuesday of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in.

Both homeowners say they had been burglarized and said they were afraid of it happening again. Prosecutors say they lured intruders into fatal encounters.

That raises the question: Do laws that allow citizens to protect their property also let them set a trap?

David LaBahn of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys says individuals should be held accountable when they step outside the bounds of society.

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