King Saul orders his guards to kill the priests but somehow the guards refuse to carry out this order which is subsequently carried out by Doeg the Edomite.Under normal circumstances this should have been regarded as a treasonous act which carried a death sentence.Could Saul have been guilt stricken because somehow he seems not offended by the guards action nor did he pursue the matter further.
1 Samuel 22:16-17 NIV
16 But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family.”
17 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”
But the king’s officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.
Why were the guards not charged for refusing to carry out the king's order?