It had been almost a month since James Rayl, 22, tried to force his way through the front door of his former flame Allyson Duckro, who lived at 2907 N. Kuther Road.
Ring camera footage, taken at 11 a.m. on July 31, shows the man wearing a baseball cap, blue hoodie, gray t-shirt and shorts standing outside the door repeatedly ringing the doorbell.
He clasps his hands behind his back and waits as minutes pass.
Abandoned ex-boyfriend James Rayl, 22, waits impatiently at Allyson Duckro’s front door just before her father shot him three times as he tried to break in
After waiting outside for several minutes, James Rayl, 22, tries to break into his ex-girlfriend’s house
Rayl opens the screen door and tries the handle, then throws the weight of his body against the door.
The voice heard on the other side in the recording is Mitchell Duckro, Allyson’s father, warning Rayl to stop doing it.
“I have a gun,” he says, but the abandoned Beau keeps banging on the door.
Finally, he throws his shoulder in, breaks the deadbolt lock, and opens the door a few inches.
That’s when the dad lets go with three rounds, hitting Rayl in the left shoulder, right shoulder, and back.
Rayl flinches from being hit, then stumbles down the front passage and collapses around the corner of the house in front of the garage door.
A few minutes later, a neighbor, Jeffery Hereford, appears in the frame walking across the Duckro’s front yard and says, “Don’t shoot me.”
Outside this home on North Kuther Road in Sydney, Ohio, Rayl was killed trying to force his way in
James Rayl, 22, was trying to break into his ex-girlfriend Allyson Duckro’s home when her father shot him three times, killing him
Then the neighbor says: ‘He doesn’t have a gun.’
About eight minutes later, Shelby County Sherriff’s officers arrive, but by then Rayl is dead.
Hereford disagrees with the grand jury’s decision not to indict Mitchell Duckro.
“If he entered the house, why did he shoot through the door,” says Hereford.
But on the 911 call received by WHIOTV 7 News, Allyson Duckro can be heard praising her father.
“Dad, you couldn’t have done anything, you saved my life,” she says.
She’d broken up with Rayl a year and a half before his fatal home visit, but called the night before and left a voicemail.
The video footage, 911 call, voicemail and other evidence were presented to a Shelby County grand jury, which voted 8-1 not to indict Mitchell Duckro based on Ohio’s Stand Your Ground and Castel Doctrine statutes, allow homeowners to use deadly force when threatened.
“Several tips, including tips from Mr. Rayl’s family, were investigated by the Sheriff’s Office during the week and no new information was found,” Shelby County Sheriff Jim Frye said in a statement.
Rayl’s family disagrees with the decision not to press charges.
His sister, Jessica Marie Colbert, says her brother meant no malice that day and should not have been killed.
“Mitch Duckro shot him in the back and killed him,” she wrote on Facebook. “I hope your days are miserable than ever. You, along with your daughter, are a disgusting excuse for a human being.’