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2nd home invasion suspect in jail

MIchael Alford  (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department) MIchael Alford (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department)
MIchael Alford  (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department) MIchael Alford (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department)
Homeowner David Maxwell says he shot and killed a burglar at his home in Lawrence County. Homeowner David Maxwell says he shot and killed a burglar at his home in Lawrence County.
When deputies arrived on the scene they found Matthew James Javor, 30, of Ruth, dead on Maxwell's back porch. (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office) When deputies arrived on the scene they found Matthew James Javor, 30, of Ruth, dead on Maxwell's back porch. (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
LAWRENCE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The search for the second suspect in a Lawrence County home invasion that left a man dead is now in police custody. The Lawrence County Sheriff officials says 34 year old Michael Alford of Brookhaven is now in jail.

The home invasion happened at a mobile home on Henry Cox Road just outside the Monticello city limits.

Sheriff Joel Thames says dispatchers received a call from David Maxwell at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Maxwell said his dog was barking and it woke him up. When he got up to investigate, he found a man in his kitchen and shot him.

"I heard him, he had a nail bar and he tried to pry the door open," Maxwell said. "I walked to the bedroom door with my shotgun. I just waited and he stuck his head in the door. He came in the door, he turned his headlight around on me and I shot him."

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Matthew James Javor, 30, of Ruth, dead on Maxwell's back porch.

"After I shot him, he said 'oh god' when he fell out the door," Maxwell said. "I said that's the wrong time now."

Maxwell said he also fired at a second suspect in a light-colored, stepside pick-up truck, but he wasn't sure if he hit him. That suspect was able to get away.

"I shot two loads in the driver side of it, the windows were down that's where I shot at the driver," Maxwell said. "It took him a little while to get out of here so I think I hit him."

The sheriff says Javor has a lengthy criminal history, which includes prison time for burglary. He says the homeowner will not face any charges because he's protected by the castle law.

"They tell me they've been breaking in all over Monticello," Maxwell said. "It's just sad there aren't more people like me, then we wouldn't have that problem."

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