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Ala. man says he's sorry he killed 14-year-old

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - A Decatur man says he was frightened out of his sleep when a window in his house was broken and regrets that he shot and killed a 14-year-old who police say was one of three youths attempting to burglarize the home.

The homeowner, 48-year-old Noel Mclean, says he had worked a night shift and was fast asleep Tuesday morning when he heard glass break at the back of the house and grabbed a gun.

Mclean says he confronted the youths, two of whom were inside, and fired one shot.

Police say 14-year-old Ta'veon Tashawn Mason, an Austin High School student, was killed.

Police investigated the shooting, but did not file any charges in connection with Mason's death.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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