Florida Woman Who Fatally Shot Neighbor Over Dispute Appears In Court
On Tuesday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that Susan Louise Lorincz 58 years old was arrested four days after investigators claimed that she fatally shot Ajike “AJ” Owens through the front door of Lorincz’s house in Florida after Owens repeatedly knocked on her door.
Lorincz admitted to detectives that she called the children “the N-word.” One child confess to the officers that the night of the shooting, Lorincz “came out of her house and showed the children her middle finger” while saying “Get off from my property, you Black slave,” according to the report.
In a statement to investigators after the shooting incident, Lorincz was quoted saying she had problems for two years with children in the neighborhood not “respecting” her including the victim’s children, who range in age from 3 to 12 years old.
CNN reported that according to the report that Lorincz advised Owens’s children that she will kill the children. Furthermore, on the day of the shooting, Lorincz told investigators she had a headache and that “neighbors were outside screaming and yelling, kids were running around” in a grassy area separating two apartment quadruplex buildings, including hers.
That night, while a few children were playing basketball, Lorincz came outside to throw a pair of roller skates at them, hitting one on the feet, according to the report. When Owens then knocked on her door, Lorenz claims that Owens threatened to kill her.
Lorincz claimed “that Owens banged on the door so hard everything started shaking and she thought the door was going to come off,” and that she panicked and said to herself “’ Oh my god, she’s going to kill me this time.’” That’s when Lorincz fired a single round from her .380-caliber handgun, the report says, noting that Lorincz also had a second handgun in the home.
Detectives, however, determined Lorincz’s actions “were not justifiable under Florida law,” the sheriff’s office said.
Florida Woman Appears On Court Via Video Call
The report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office came out shortly before Lorincz made her initial appearance in court Thursday by video. She has been charged with the first-degree felony of manslaughter with a firearm, as well as culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault Sheriff Billy Woods said in a statement.
Lorincz appeared wearing a dark protective vest, answered the judge’s questions about her finances saying that she has no savings, is making payments on a car, and had filed for disability after working at United Healthcare. She said she last worked two weeks ago and that she supports her sister who is 55 years old.
Lorincz’s attorney, an assistant public defender appointed by the judge, entered a written plea of not guilty. A bond for the Florida woman is scheduled to have her hearing in the coming days.