Defendant testifies in Superior murder trial

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Demetrius &#8220Meechee" Joslin acknowledges in court Monday drawing a knife held by prosecuting attorney John Connor and stabbing Matt Palagi.
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Jennifer Parker

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While this whole story is sad, maybe its time for a wake up call among parents and teachers, as a former mineral county resident, we saw the same problems in the school systems that I feel is rampant throughout our country and that is: Children who are favored in school, because of their athletic abilities or the status their parents hold in a community, have the advantage of acting however they please, There is always the "children will be children attitude. Its time for all to teach a kinder/ gentler side, that success is not always in winning and being bigger, stronger and afleuent. The attitude that a person of any age needs to "man up " and take a beating is a sad way of life.
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Get a gripe Jennifer, Do you know what actually happned here. So it's o.k. to stab somebody 13 times. Maybe you need to see a shrink! This had nothing to do with somebody being favored. It has to do with the defense creating a lie and selling it to everybody. Two guys stab somebody to death at a party and thats o.k. They are not the victims here. Matt is!!!!
Jennifer

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Apr 25, 2006
 
I think the stabbing is absolutely horrible, Mr, Joslin will have to live with the fact that he was all or a part of it. I only believe that we each are keepers of our destiny and perhaps if Mr Palagi had not have been so worried about beating someone up, the outcome would be different. There was a pattern they both displayed, Joslin being a victum of bullies and using that as a defense to stab someone, Palagi as a bully, making himself a victim. Each made terrible choices, and Palagi paying the highest price, but inside do you think Joslin will ever forget, he to will pay. What a terrible thing to happen, Small town america is not immune to violence. But as I said before, if all children were taught a kinder- more gentle behavier, leaving out the he-man attitudes, things like this could be avoided.
Katie

Great Falls, MT

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May 17, 2006
 

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Maybe people shouldn't kill each other...buck up and take a black eye, not a life.
Anonymous

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I personaly know Mechee, and I feel terrible about what happend. But they were just kids that were drunk and fighting. It could have happened to anyone. I just don't see why everyone has to critisize him for it. Kids kill other kids everyday. Now ask yourselves, how is this any different?
shyla

Missoula, MT

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ok there are comments here that are true and false i new two of the vitium very welll one of them is my cousin jesse james mahur is my cusion and he is in jail behind bars be cause he was stand up for a firend that was being bulled, jesse and meechee are both great people and didnt kill matt on ourpose,in the missoulain a guy rote that if matt was such a bully why didnt so many come to his funerail because they felt srry for him and have you ever herd the saying the more enimies you have them more flowers you get when you die we in this case matt was a bully my cousin jesse james in not giult and i will think that for the rest of my life and nither is meecheee the were both aquesed for a muder that took place at a party and people got hurt, no affence to the sistuim but it is rong it is elling us that we dont have the right to protect out selfs for no one and thats all jesse did for meechee was try to help and protect him and now her is being punished for something he didnt do, no tell me how its ok for him to be locked up for a crim he didnt comitt!!! if you have comments please reply to me im all ears!!!!!!!1
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I am from the town that this story is about and I read the postings and want to cry. While it is true that kids in Superior drink all the time. I know I did when I was in high school there and that was 20+ years ago. I read that kids kill kids all the time so what is different. Well, its not okay that kids are killing each other. Its not okay that they stabbed someone 19 times. that is so far beyond self defense. There are two sides to the story and from what I hear the two boys on trial are not innocent by any means. Yes it got out of hand...but they all had weapons and all pulled them out to use. This kind of behavior must be punished and stopped!! While I am sorry that one of these boys is going to serve 17 years (much less with parole) but at least he is alive and has a chance for a life unlike the young man buried in the ground with a life ended to quickly.
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First of all, go back to school and learn how to spell. I don't know if you realize it or not, but you just made yourself sound so ignorant! These boys were in no way defending themselves. Matt did not have any weapons- so what exactly were they defending themselves from? What it really boils down to is that your cousin and his little friend are a couple of pussy's who can't stand up for themselves. What were they doing with knives on them? Nobody I know carries those kind of knives on them on a regular basis. Joslin and Mahur were just a couple of punks (not victims) on a mission. Matt was not a bully. If you really knew him you would know that. The defense are the ones who put that crap in everyone's head. The only reason Joslin got off was because the prosecution could not defend Matt's character. If you ask me, they both deserve to rot in prison, but obviously that isn't going to happen. However, I am content knowing that they will rot in hell for all eternity! They so senselessly took the life of a beautiful person who had so much to offer this world.
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ok there are comments here that are true and false i new two of the vitium very welll one of them is my cousin jesse james mahur is my cusion and he is in jail behind bars be cause he was stand up for a firend that was being bulled, jesse and meechee are both great people and didnt kill matt on ourpose,in the missoulain a guy rote that if matt was such a bully why didnt so many come to his funerail because they felt srry for him and have you ever herd the saying the more enimies you have them more flowers you get when you die we in this case matt was a bully my cousin jesse james in not giult and i will think that for the rest of my life and nither is meecheee the were both aquesed for a muder that took place at a party and people got hurt, no affence to the sistuim but it is rong it is elling us that we dont have the right to protect out selfs for no one and thats all jesse did for meechee was try to help and protect him and now her is being punished for something he didnt do, no tell me how its ok for him to be locked up for a crim he didnt comitt!!! if you have comments please reply to me im all ears!!!!!!!1
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It makes me sick that a couple of no good punks can go out looking for trouble, MURDER a defenseless young man and then claim it was because they were being bullied. Even if they were being bullied (which is a damn lie) they have no right to take anothers life. I knew Matt personally, he was my cousin. I adored him when he was just a mischievous little kid with big ears and a bigger smile. He was my buddy. He was my friend. He grew up into a wonderful young man with a huge heart. He kept his beautiful smile. You cannot tell me that the two greasy looking punks that went out with knives and evil intentions got what they deserved, because they didn't. The Justice system failed for Matt. It failed for all of us who loved him. It let off cold blooded murderers, because nobody stood up for decency and truth. Jennifer from WA should get the facts before she types her opinion. Joslin wasn't a victim being bullied any more than Matt was a bully playing a victim. Matt didn't have to play a victim. He was forced into being a victim because two kids killed him. In real life if you are afraid of someone you don't go looking for a fight with them, you avoid them. In real life it is a case of two kids who didn't like another kid so they took it into thier own hands and they stole his life. In real life Matt didn't have a weapon of any kind and they stabbed him THIRTEEN times. In the back. They are sick, evil cowards. Nothing more. And Ashley is right, Shyla needs to learn how to write if she is going to force her ignorant thoughts on other people.
Demetrius Joslin

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Don't have a whole lot of time so I'll be brief. Nobody deserves an opinion except me an jess, nobody knows what happend and nobody cares to overt from there opinion. It's been four years now. The only thing happening is people bringing up memories that hurt THEM. Bad things happen. Keep moven. I appreciate those who come to my defense when something bad is said and i dont hear those who comment unfavorably. Jess- thats my friend. I'll be there when he gets out. Lookin forward to it.
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Shyla, please give me the names of all the teachers you have had in your life. Especially the English teachers. They need to be kicked in the face.
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get over it all! shit happens people die life goes on. i happen to kno joslin is a very smart person and deserves to b living his life on the outside
Demetrius Joslin

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Word up ....and it really is me
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According to the law Joslin is innocent, according to a jury of his peers, Joslin is innocent. I know that case backwards, he is innocent. You don't like the verdict- well tough shit, isn't it?
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Demetrius Joslin wrote:
Don't have a whole lot of time so I'll be brief. Nobody deserves an opinion except me an jess, nobody knows what happend and nobody cares to overt from there opinion. It's been four years now. The only thing happening is people bringing up memories that hurt THEM. Bad things happen. Keep moven. I appreciate those who come to my defense when something bad is said and i dont hear those who comment unfavorably. Jess- thats my friend. I'll be there when he gets out. Lookin forward to it.
Nobody deserves an opinion?? What about Matt? Oh wait- you took his right to an opinion! Bad things happened because you made the wrong choices, but what do you care? In your words: "Keep movin'" right? You do not have to deal with any of the consequences like the rest of us do. The loss of a loved one affects one deeply. Thus, I believe we are entitled to an opinion. What did you lose? You may think you're getting away with this, but I can guarantee that you will get yours someday!!
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ASHELY YOUR A CLOWN MICHIE IS A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER, AND BOTTOM LINE IS MATT MESSED WITH THE WRONG GUY PERIOD
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First of all, go back to school and learn how to spell. I don't know if you realize it or not, but you just made yourself sound so ignorant! These boys were in no way defending themselves. Matt did not have any weapons- so what exactly were they defending themselves from? What it really boils down to is that your cousin and his little friend are a couple of pussy's who can't stand up for themselves. What were they doing with knives on them? Nobody I know carries those kind of knives on them on a regular basis. Joslin and Mahur were just a couple of punks (not victims) on a mission. Matt was not a bully. If you really knew him you would know that. The defense are the ones who put that crap in everyone's head. The only reason Joslin got off was because the prosecution could not defend Matt's character. If you ask me, they both deserve to rot in prison, but obviously that isn't going to happen. However, I am content knowing that they will rot in hell for all eternity! They so senselessly took the life of a beautiful person who had so much to offer this world.
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Feb 6, 2010
 
It was a tragic event. Affected many lives.
Bottom line is self defense.
These guys defended themselves from harm.
I was there. Thats what happened.
Truth hurts.
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Apr 2, 2010
 
First off, You need to go back to school because you write like a fourth grad child. I guess it makes sense that you do not understand a human life was taken for no good reason. You need help! Wrong is wrong! I don't care if it is your family, your cousin will have to except accountability for his unspeakable actions in this life or the next. GOD WILL HAVE HIS JUDGMENT!!!
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ok there are comments here that are true and false i new two of the vitium very welll one of them is my cousin jesse james mahur is my cusion and he is that a crin jail behind bars be cause he was stand up for a firend that was being bulled, jesse and meechee are both great people and didnt kill matt on ourpose,in the missoulain a guy rote that if matt was such a bully why didnt so many come to his funerail because they felt srry for him and have you ever herd the saying the more enimies you have them more flowers you get when you die we in this case matt was a bully my cousin jesse james in not giult and i will think that for the rest of my life and nither is meecheee the were both aquesed for a muder that took place at a party and people got hurt, no affence to the sistuim but it is rong it is elling us that we dont have the right to protect out selfs for no one and thats all jesse did for meechee was try to help and protect him and now her is being punished for something he didnt do, no tell me how its ok for him to be locked up for a crim he didnt comitt!!! if you have comments please reply to me im all ears!!!!!!!1
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Nov 26, 2010
 
Ashley wrote:
First of all, go back to school and learn how to spell. I don't know if you realize it or not, but you just made yourself sound so ignorant! These boys were in no way defending themselves. Matt did not have any weapons- so what exactly were they defending themselves from? What it really boils down to is that your cousin and his little friend are a couple of pussy's who can't stand up for themselves. What were they doing with knives on them? Nobody I know carries those kind of knives on them on a regular basis. Joslin and Mahur were just a couple of punks (not victims) on a mission. Matt was not a bully. If you really knew him you would know that. The defense are the ones who put that crap in everyone's head. The only reason Joslin got off was because the prosecution could not defend Matt's character. If you ask me, they both deserve to rot in prison, but obviously that isn't going to happen. However, I am content knowing that they will rot in hell for all eternity! They so senselessly took the life of a beautiful person who had so much to offer this world.
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Were you one of Matt's fucktoys? OR were you the girl(presumably his butt-cushion) who puked on the ground after Matt's victim was acquitted?(GOD DAMN, I love this state. Montana's a lousy place to be a criminal attacker! In Chicago or New York, the poor kid would have been convicted and injustice would have triumphed.)
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Jan 21, 2011
 
[ You have a lot of nerve! You are a coward! How easily you forget the time at my house when Matt first confronted you. You said right then and there"im sorry". Matt said this is over,and we all played video games. Next day, you and jesse drove by when we were playin ball outside at highschool(by the tennis courts) and you stuck your head out the window and yelled "BITCH"! Even after that, the two of you ( you and Matt) were at my house several times before that night. So all that stuff about fear for your life, and you did everything to avoid Matt is BULL! Another thing is you guys left the party, then you came back! Between your family of rejects, and Jesse's inbread family tree, there is NO doubt in my mind that you guys planned this.

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