Investigators said Haeng Soon Yang was struck and killed while trying to stop a driver, John Angeline, from driving off without paying for $34 worth of gas outside Flying K store Monday afternoon.
Deputies said the driver ran over Yang with his car, reversed and ran her over again. The second time, the woman’s body got stuck under the truck and she was dragged for several feet, deputies said.
[…] Angeline appeared in court on Tuesday in shackles. He is charged with robbery and second-degree murder. Bail has been set at $500,000.
According to court documents, Angeline told detectives he needed to get away from her because he thought the victim was trying to cast a spell on him.
When asked whether he felt bad about what happened, Angeline said he did not, according to documents.
It’s hard to tell from the brief news article if the man really believed her to be a witch or he’s just stupid enough to think it’s a valid defense for his actions, but either way he demonstrates a stunning indifference for the life of another person. It’s one thing to run over someone accidentally while trying to flee, but to stop and back up over them a second time undoubtedly shows murderous intent. The whole witch accusation sounds like a lame attempt at rationalization.