Prosecutors, defense at odds over home defense law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio prosecutors say defense attorneys are trying to help murderers avoid conviction by manipulating a law intended to protect homeowners who shoot intruders.

The so called "castle doctrine" of 2008 says people are presumed to be acting in self defense when they injure or kill someone who has illegally entered their home or vehicle.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk tells the Columbus Dispatch for a Sunday story that the law was "not made to protect drug dealers from drug dealers, but that's how it's being used." But Columbus defense attorney David Watson says the law gives people the right to use force as a means of home defense.

Republican state Sen. Steve Buehrer of Delta sponsored the castle bill and says he'd be willing to re-examine the law if its intent is not being followed.