There is a bizarre tragedy in a criminal matter out of Florida where suspected burglar Matthew Riggins, 22, allegedly was fleeing a crime scene and hiding from police in Barefoot Bay, Florida. He chose unwisely. He hid in a lake where he was eaten by an alligator.
Rigging was attacked by an 11-foot long alligator. Police say that he called his girlfriend to tell her he would be in the area breaking into homes. Two men were later seen dressed in black and lurking around homes. Police used a dog to search for the men.
Some of Riggins remains were recovered from within the stomach of the alligator.
It is unclear if they caught the second man. If police have enough to charge a felony break-in, the man could have a charge linked to the death. Prosecutors often bring charges, even felony murder, for deaths that occur in the course of a crime. This can include a co-conspirator. However, here the death was caused by a wild animal away from the crime scene. It would seem an unlikely basis for a charge. However, a court could consider the death at sentencing as part of the overall costs of the crime.