No charges for homeowner who killed alleged hammer-wielding intruder on South Side

August 9, 2013 (CHICAGO)

He says he feels bad for the man's family.

"Everything that happened today was a tragedy. Somebody's father or somebody's son passed. All I was trying to do was protect my house and protect myself," said Mark Hayes, homeowner.

On Thursday, Hayes, 44, went into his garage, where he found the man armed with a hammer.

The former marine stabbed the man who is identified as 52-year-old Harold Cornell.

Illinois law allows homeowners to defend themselves if they sense imminent danger.

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