Saturday, April 26, 2008
I really don't know where to start this one, but a "thank God" I guess would be suitable. The guilty before proven innocent suspect in Sean Taylor's shooting was denied bail. The shocking part of this story is that the family of this d-bag showed up in court wearing 'free my son' t-shirts. I'm sorry, but if my son drove cross-state to rob someone and ended up killing him, let him fry. It would be sad enough that I failed as a parent, but rules are laws. How can we possibly free someone that killed an innocent person for their own selfish reasons? The judge said it best:
"Youth and guns have been such a prevalent issue of concern in our community. Now we're getting it imported from other parts of the state," Murphy said at a hearing. "I'm not sure any form of release would adequately protect the public."
Murphy's denial of bail for Mitchell came after the suspect's mother, Louise Robertson, and several other relatives came to court wearing T-shirts bearing his picture. Robertson's black shirt said "Mama's Baby" on the front and "Free My Son" on the back.
"I need him home with me," she said.
Prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against any of the suspects. Each is charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary in the Nov. 26 shooting of Taylor.
The other suspect, 17-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., allegedly shot a machete-wielding Taylor in the confrontation inside his home. Mitchell told police they thought Taylor would be out of town because the Redskins were playing in Tampa that weekend, but Taylor was out with an injury.
Mitchell is a key to the case because he attended a birthday party in September at Taylor's home and told police he saw the football player hand out bags of $10,000 in cash to his sister and brother as gifts.
The other two suspects are 20-year-old Venjah Hunte and 18-year-old Charles Wardlow. Trial for all four is scheduled for Aug. 25.