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Burglar Killed By Homeowner Was Not Pregnant
A burglar who pleaded that she was pregnant moments before a homeowner fatally shot her was not a mother-to-be, a post-mortem examination has confirmed.
In a case that has generated national headlines, Andrea Miller was gunned down by 80-year-old householder Tom Greer on Tuesday night in Long Beach, California.
The 28-year-old and an accomplice had just ransacked the retiree's property and punched him to the floor, breaking his collar bone, said police.
Mr Greer - who pulled out a revolver while the robbers were distracted - chased the pair from his home.
He caught up with Miller in an alley behind the property where she begged him not to shoot because she said she was expecting a baby.
Mr Greer told local media he shot her twice in the back anyway.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been arrested.
Prosecutors, who received the police case file on Friday, must now determine if Mr Greer went too far in pursuing the suspects and firing on the woman outside his home.
California homeowners are legally allowed to defend themselves if they are in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
Miller's alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Gus Adams, is in custody.
Police are recommending he be charged with burglary and murder because of his alleged involvement in a felony that led to death.
Mr Greer told NBC that the same couple had robbed him twice previously.