18 year old facing 1st degree murder charges for "defending" his propertySubmitted by Brendan94 on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 13:21
An 18 year old freshman at my college is facing one count of 1st degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. It seems to me he was angry and shot at a fleeing vehicle which contained occupants whom he believed just broken into his truck. Now I’m not sure if he should be charged with excessive force but I believe 1st degree murder to be a blatant overcharge on this young man. The link to the story will be at the bottom of this post and I would like to have other opinions on this situation. The 15 year olds who were shot do not seem to be innocent to me but I do not wish death upon them, this appears to be a lose-lose situation. In the article the comment section contains comments from the mom of one of the “victims” justifying and rationalizing the delinquency of said “victims.” This is one of her comments:
"Maybe this will help clear things up for everybody: Jon Bellamy 27 minutes ago Just to put an end to all of the rumors and speculation about the events leading up to Saturday night's tragedy, I wanted to let everyone know what really happened. After being at the parade Saturday, William and a few friends gathered at one of the boys' house, and were all planning on spending the night there. Austin lives near the house where the boys were, and unfortunately, left his house, without his parents knowing, to walk over and join them. As the night got later, Austin decided he needed to head back home, and was about to walk back. William told him that there was no way he was going to let him walk back, alone, at that time of night. So Cole and William asked the older brother of the friend whose house they were at if they could use his truck to take Austin home a few blocks away. Neither Cole, nor William, knew exactly where Austin lived, so Austin gave them directions as they went. Once they got near Austin's house, they slowed down as Austin was pointing out which house it was, and the next thing they knew, bullets were flying thorough the truck. That is all that happened. No matter what anyone says, reads, or hears on the news, none of what happened Saturday night has ANYTHING to do with car break-ins, drug deals gone bad, or any of the other ridiculous things that are being said. The only thing these 3 kids did wrong was end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, NOTHING else. Cole and William were trying to do the right thing, and had nothing but the safety of their friend in mind. I don't want to get into too many graphic details, but these boys should be lauded as heroes. Once this tragedy happened, neither William, nor Cole, had any idea how to even get out of the neighborhood, so any rumors about any of them having anything to do with any break-ins in November or December, are completely base-less. William actually had to punch in his friend's (where he was staying) address in his phone to find their way out of the neighborhood. And Cole, also being injured, was able to get the 3 of them to the hospital, under what anybody with a pulse would determine to be horrific circumstances. If that's not heroic, nothing is. And I would hope that all of the people starting rumors and spreading lies will realize that the shooter is being charged with FIRST DEGREE murder, and 2 counts of attempted FIRST DEGREE murder. There is a reason the charges are what they are. IF anyone was doing what the speculation says they were doing, the charges would be different. I will add this, as my son is my best friend in the world! As every father out there that has seen your son in pain knows....it's a miserable feeling. For all that know him, you know he has a heart bigger than most. Not many kids have an out pouring support of 300+ kids and parents at his side during an event like this. At the same time, what sickens me is the media and their pitiful cry for stories. For a kid to be in a hospital with 24 hour security, having to use an alias because of the media is disgusting. We have had media calling, acting as doctors, to get information. It's your job, you look for a story...but you suck. He has a bullet lodged in his jaw that entered through the back of his neck. It missed every major artery and vessel that was an ABSOLUTE MIRACLE! With that said, I will let my anger send a message through the "Social Media" and hope it gets back to the POS coward SETH FONTENOT that killed one child and has threatened the lives of my child and his friend Cole. When you go to trial, regardless of what type of plea and lies your POS attorney say, the facts are out buddy and you have NO way of avoiding what is deservedly coming to you. I will leave it at that! To all of my FB friends, please share and/or re-post this. Its WAY past time for these kids to be acknowledged as the victims they are. Plain and simple. Thanks in advance." Her screen name is "The Equalizer"
My biggest problem with her story is that she says these kids were completely innocent. First off they’re 15 driving a truck past curfew. That’s two laws broken right there. She claims that the “victims” house was only a few blocks away from the house they were having a “sleepover” at. I believe this sleepover was probably more of a party; teenage boys don’t have sleepovers at 15 that stops around 12. So these kids were driving a truck only a few blocks away from their house, but according to her they have no clue how to get to the house. Why do they not know how to get to their friend’s house only a few blocks away? Then they have no clue how to get out of the neighborhood. I can understand this being due to the shock of being shot at, but if it’s only a few blocks away from their house I would think they would know how to get of their own neighborhood. I am just worried this 18 year old will be facing the death penalty unjustly.
Source of story: http://theadvocate.com/home/5151634-125/lafayette-one-teen-d...