quote:Originally posted by Vox:Ebony, the report doesn't say that the 3-year old was the boy's sister. It says it was a 3-year old girl. It doesn't look like the girl was the child of these parents, or the brother of the boy.quote:Originally posted by EbonyRose:
I keep wondering if a case can be made for temporary insanity ...
There's definitely a case for premeditation ... as well as out of control anger.
His 3-year-old daughter is molested by his 15 y/o son ... I can understand being 'more than a little upset' about that!
Actually, that was clarified in story with the video link to it. The little girl is indeed his daughter by another woman. And the 'inappropriate contact' allegedly took place while he was over at his father's house.
Interestingly, when the story first broke, there was a statement that said that the boy's mother said that the father called her by mistake after he had driven away and, thinking he was talking to his daughter's mother said, "Baby, I took care of it." That has since been edited out ... . I wonder why?
quote:And look, the temporary insanity defense is problematic here, not just because of the premeditation, but because if he was temporarily insane enough to kill his own son, he's probably prone to doing the same kinds of thing to other people. Hopefully he doesn't hear news like this, but if he kills his son over this, then maybe he'll shoot up his office if he gets fired one day. People who are prone to fly off the handle shouldn't get off for flying off the handle.
I wasn't trying to make a declaration on whether or not that plea would be a 'good' or 'right' one. I'm suggesting it may simply be the truth! (Something I notice you lawyer types seem to place secondary to whether or not it can be proven! ).
I would hope that he DID, in fact, go temporarily insane (which, I think, the thought of his 3 y/o daughter being molested could do to any man!) ... in order to be able to kill his own son, in the middle of a wide open vacant lot and in front of witnesses! Being "calm" and "driving away like nothing happened" could very possibly support such a break with reality!
I'm not so sure that's a good enough reason .. but, it may just be the truth!
We've been talking about Black men (and women) and misplaced rage/anger-management issues .. Who knows? Maybe he was just a brotha that couldn't control his anger/emotions and was a habitually violent individual! I mean, he did have a gun!
What he did WAS, by my definition, quite insane! First he beat the kid, stripped him naked, and shot (executed) him in cold blood. His own son. Either way it goes he needs to be punished for what he did. But, if he was 'temporarily insane,' then his conscious and guilt will be punishing him for the rest of his life everyday he has to live with the reality of what he did.