Florida woman arrested for 'manslaughter' after allegedly shooting neighbor in front of her kids

"Ms. Lorincz’s fate is now in the hands of the judicial system."


Susan Lorincz, 58, was arrested Tuesday night in Merion County, Florida, for the killing of a 35-year-old mother of four, Ajike Owens on Friday. The shooting was the culmination of a two and half year feud between the two. 

According to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook, Lorincz was charged with manslaughter and other offenses after angrily shooting Ownens one time through her door when the mother tried to confront her for allegedly throwing a roller skate at a 10-year-old. Owens was transported to the HCA Florida Ocala Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. 

Lorincz claimed that Owens was attempting to break down her door and she was acting in self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law. "My detectives wanted to make sure that we closed all the loopholes, so she would not have the defense of using the ‘stand your ground’ law, and this is not ‘stand your ground,'" Sherrif Billy Woods said in a statement. 

"Ms. Lorincz’s fate is now in the hands of the judicial system," Woods said. "which I trust will deliver justice in due course. As I go to bed tonight, I will be saying a prayer for Ms. Owens’ children and the rest of her family. I’d ask all of you to do the same.”

Lorincz faces up to 30 years in prison for culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault on top of Manslaughter. It was reported that all four of Ownens children were at the scene when deputies arrived. 

According to Click Orlando, about two dozen residents showed up at the Marion County Courthouse to demand justice for the killing. Owens' mother Pamela Dias said at the protest, "My baby was so full of life. She was a single mother of four." She continued, "She loved them with all her being. To know her is to know that her kids were everything. On Friday, June 2, 2023, at approximately 9 p.m., she was rendered voiceless.”

The New York Post reported that the Owens family is being represented by civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who alleges that the shooter yelled racial slurs at the children as they played in a field next to her apartment. 

According to reports, Police had been dispatched to the apartment complex 12 times since January 2021 for the neighbor dispute. 

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