Trespasser did not notify the owner that they were coming.
A resident was on the property, in a detached garage, but did not know the trespasser was entering the backyard until the dog began barking.
The trespasser admitted entering the yard, even though he/she was fearful of the dog, who was barking.
My tentative opinion is to exonerate you and the resident. I wonder if the trespasser was really an express or implied invitee of the resident. Regardless, I wonder what was the trespasser's provable purpose for entering upon your property. You lawfully may use reasonable, even deadly, force to protect your castle and its occupants.
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