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Louisville man who shot and killed two robbery suspects is sharing his experience


The Louisville man who shot and killed two robbery suspects is sharing his experience.

The man admits he shot and killed two suspects. Prosecutors say the changes in the law make it more difficult to charge someone who claims self-defense.

Seventy-year old Billy Jackson was working on his property at 36th and Broadway when he says two men with a gun forced their way in.

"Something like you're dead, MF... give me your wallet, MF," said Jackson.

Jackson backed away from the door.

"I was thinking I'm going to die. Maybe I can save my wife."

Trained in self-defense, Jackson used an unusual tactic. He faked a heart attack and while on the ground kicked one of the suspects forcing his gun upward. That's when Jackson pulled his own gun and started firing.

"I shot him first, I shot the other one and the other one went against the wall. And then I shot the man with the weapon again," said Jackson. "I thought in my mind, you're going to die.""I had an 11 shot Smith and Wesson, 40 caliber. And I fired 11 times," said Jackson.

Nineteen-year old Earl Springer died at the scene. Nineteen-year old Desmond Turner who was shot in the back and neck, died hours later at University Hospital.

Jackson has a weapons permit and believes his gun saved his life.

Prosecutors could not specifically talk about Tuesday's shooting because there is a still a chance it could be presented to a grand jury.

In 2006, changes to Kentucky's self-defense law created new legal challenges for police and prosecutors.

"It's still giving us those problems. It still has the ammunity base in it which leaves the police officers not knowing what to do when the guy says he came in my house and I had to shoot him," said Dave Stengel, Commonwealth's Attorney.

The law states individuals who claim self-defense are immune from prosecution, and that wrongful prosecution could result in civil liabilities against police and attorneys.

Stengel says his office has two cases on appeal. He is hoping the state Supreme Court will clarify the law this fall.

A relative of suspect Desmond Turner says the family is devastated by what happened and just wants an impartial investigation, but they are concerned that Turner did not pose a threat.