Accused in murder, grinning 19-year-o...

Accused in murder, grinning 19-year-old chastised by judge

There are 6 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Sep 28, 2007, titled Accused in murder, grinning 19-year-old chastised by judge. In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

Robert Haberlein is a 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder, but the grin on his face Friday in Wyandotte County Juvenile Court belied the gravity of that charge.

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justice

Shawnee, KS

#1 Oct 1, 2007
I think the judge was right to chastise the man for grinning. The other thing is even though they were only 15 17 and 19 at the time of the murder they still know right from wrong and know that their actions were horrendous so there for they need to be tried as adults. I know the family pretty well and I am glad that they have closure but I think it would devistate them if 2 out of the 3 were tried as minors and pretty much got away with it. Just think if they can get away with murder now what else they think they can get away with.
Taylor

United States

#2 Jun 7, 2008
justice wrote:
I think the judge was right to chastise the man for grinning. The other thing is even though they were only 15 17 and 19 at the time of the murder they still know right from wrong and know that their actions were horrendous so there for they need to be tried as adults. I know the family pretty well and I am glad that they have closure but I think it would devistate them if 2 out of the 3 were tried as minors and pretty much got away with it. Just think if they can get away with murder now what else they think they can get away with.
Robert Haberlein isn't grinning anymore. He was convicted.
sister

Kansas City, MO

#3 Oct 21, 2008
first i would like to give my deppest simpathy to those who were close to roben,second i would like to say these all could have been pervented if the state would of done ther job when he needed the help.robert did not smile because he was happy for what had been done,but because he was scared.At thes point the bell family would love to blam any one to find peace,but no one really knows what happend.our family hurts to not knowing if he really did thes horrable act! so please rember ther is always anouther side to every story.
I know Robert too

Kansas City, MO

#4 Nov 13, 2008
Hold on a second "sister", robert got all the help possibly available to him while in the juvenile system. The probation department went above and beyond in helping him, so don't speak on what you don't know. What is comes down to is the lack of support from the family and what Robert had been through as a child and adolescent by his parents and family.
Sara

United States

#5 Dec 10, 2008
Regardless of if you are related to our friends with either the victim or the suspects. The fact remains that not one but four families are affected by this trajedy. No one wakes up one day and thinks that someone in their family will be murdered just like no one wakes up one day and decides they are going to raise a murderer. Obviously something went very wrong with these three kids/teens/adults what ever you want to call them. They were old enough to know right and wrong at the time of the murder. The victim didn't deserve what happened. It was a horrible crime that truly saddens me as I live in Bonner Springs. I am also a store owner and to think what if it was me breaks my heart and puts fear in my veins.
The suspects deserve to rot in prison. They didn't just hurt someone, they killed someone and ripped apart a family. I have no sympathy for them at all. Yet as I stated earlier I do feel for their family. So your brother was scared... he damn well should be. Prison isn't a friendly place and it looks like he'll be there for a long time.
Fat Man

Lawrence, KS

#6 Dec 14, 2008
I was recently incarcerated with Robert I don't know what really happened that night at the Dollar General. Robert says he is not guilty now weather he is or not we may never know 100%. I do believe that Robert thinks in his head that he had nothing to do with it. I think maybe he should be seeing a therapist because honestly I think hes crazy.

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