Authorities arrested the white woman Tuesday who fatally shot her Black neighbor, 35-year-old Ajike “AJ” Owens, in Florida last week.
Susan Lorincz, 58, was charged with manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery and two counts of assault in Owens’ death, according to Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods in a statement obtained by ABC News.
The victim’s family and the public criticized law enforcement for the delayed response in charging the woman in the fatal shooting. At the time, Woods said the department was investigating if Florida’s “stand your ground” law justified Owens’ death.
In a Facebook video Tuesday night, Woods confirmed the shooting was not a “stand your ground” case but “simply a killing,” per ABC News.
“Now many of you were struggling to understand why there was not an immediate arrest,” the sheriff said. “The laws here in the state of Florida are clear. Now I may not like them. I may not agree with them. But however, those laws I will follow.”
The sheriff’s office also shared a video of Lorincz being escorted by two detectives and a deputy as she walked down the hallway with her hands behind her back. CBS News reported the 58-year-old shared details about the incident and the relationship she and Owens had as neighbors.
Lorincz told authorities she had acted in self-defense and claimed Owens tried to break down her door. She also claimed “Owens had come after her in the past and had previously attacked her,” the sheriff’s office said in a report obtained by the outlet.
During the investigation, authorities gathered statements from neighbors and other bystanders who witnessed the incident. The sheriff’s office determined Lorincz’s actions were not defensible under Florida’s law and arrested her.
Lorincz could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter and additional charges, the sheriff’s office said.
Blavity reported Owens had a nearly three-year dispute with the woman over her children playing outside near the shooter’s property.
A witness confirmed the dispute was over a child’s electronic tablet after the woman reportedly threw skates at the victim’s children and hit one. One of the children had returned home and told Owens about the altercation with the woman. She then walked over to Lorincz’s home and attempted to confront her.
Owens knocked on the woman’s door, and seconds later, she was shot through the door. Deputies responded to a trespassing call Friday night and discovered the 35-year-old with an apparent gunshot wound. She was transferred to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.
The family of the mother of four had called for authorities to arrest the woman in a press conference on Monday. Owens’ mother, Pamela Dias, said Lorincz had called her family and the children racial slurs, though the sheriff’s office had not confirmed that information during the investigation, per CBS News.
“My daughter, my grandchildren’s mother, was shot and killed with her 9-year-old son standing next to her. She had no weapon, she posed no imminent threat to anyone,” Dias said at the news conference.
“What I’m asking is for justice,” she added. “Justice for my daughter.”
On Tuesday, a group of Black protesters had gathered outside the Marion County Judicial Center and called for the woman’s arrest. State Attorney William Gladson, the head prosecutor on the case, met with demonstrators and urged the group to remain patient in the investigation.
“If we are going to make a case we need as much time and as much evidence as possible,” Gladson said, per ABC News. “I don’t want to compromise any criminal investigation and I’m not going to do that.”
On Tuesday, someone placed a teddy bear and flowers near where Owens was shot. Protesters nearby chanted her name as they demanded justice for her killing.
The case is still under investigation.