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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kerrville Juvenile Arson Case

Kerrville has recently made national and even international news and not for a good reason. Four 12 year old boys were playing with fire when one of them was accidentally splashed with gasoline and severely burned. The first news reports got it all wrong - claimed that the victim was playing in a field, when the other three lured him into a shed, doused him with gas and intentionally set him on fire. One boy was arrested and charged with arson causing bodily injury. The story went big time when the mother of the victim claimed her son, who has some disabilities - hearing impaired and maybe autistic - was bullied. The authorities fairly quickly corrected that and announced that it was an accident. 

That has not stopped the trolls on Facebook and comments sections in the media - some have advocated that the three boys should be burned alive, or locked up in prison for life.

I know it was an accident because I represent the first boy who was arrested and spent three weeks in juvenile detention, have met with him several times, and I've read the police and fire marshal reports. The adults who are writing these hateful things about three children are the bullies. My client feels awful about what happened.

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1 comment:

  1. In the spirit of fairness, one may sympathize with the point of view of those who question "The authorities (who) fairly quickly corrected that and announced that it was an accident." Are these same "authorities" who are silent regarding the Stork homicides? Are these authorities who remain silent in matters regarding the Michael Lynch homicide? The so called "authorities" seem to driven by politics rather than standard investigative processes and procedures. While trolling is not a proper way to express doubt, I can certainly understand the distrust of the investigation process in Kerr County.