Why isn’t accused Marion County shooter Susan Lorincz facing murder charges?

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — There’s some relief tonight for the family of AJ Owens now that the woman accused of killing her is behind bars.


Susan Lorincz was taken into custody Tuesday night on a manslaughter charge for Owens’ death after deputies decided she did not shoot in self defense.

However, some in the community want to know why Lorincz isn’t facing a murder charge.

Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said that’s what the evidence seems to point to.

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“From the evidence, it certainly appears the act of shooting through that door was a reckless disregard for human life,” Sheaffer said.

However, the state attorney’s office will ultimately decide what charges Lorincz will face.

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“Often times, the charges you’re arrested on are not the charges that the state attorney’s office brings,” Sheaffer said. “We may see a second-degree murder (charge), I doubt we would see a first-degree murder; takes pre-meditation.”

Lorincz is set to make her first court appearance tomorrow morning. I vigil to honor Owens’ life is scheduled for Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Ocala.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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