Father chokes son's murderer in court

Father chokes son's murderer in court

There are 57 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Aug 7, 2007, titled Father chokes son's murderer in court. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Chaos erupted inside a Steubenville, Ohio courtroom Monday when the father of a murder victim loses control.

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#1 Aug 7, 2007
If it was my child that was murdered I don't believe I would be able to contain myself either. The court system needs to be totally revamped. The justice system is a Joke and everything from traffic, divorce and murder cases need true evaluation. I say let the father go after the guy who killed his son. As I stated before if it was my child who was murdered, it would take an army to keep me down.
So sayeth me

Utica, KY

#2 Aug 7, 2007
I hate when the details are so vague. How old was the man's son etc.?
Frankie

Smyrna, TN

#3 Aug 7, 2007
So sayeth me wrote:
I hate when the details are so vague. How old was the man's son etc.?
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,292356,00...
TEAM ME

Rogersville, TN

#4 Aug 7, 2007
And exactly how did you expect this man to react? If it were my child, the man wouldn't be alive to go to court.

I support the father, but agree with So sayeth me - where's the whole story?

Since: Feb 07

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#5 Aug 7, 2007
Can't blame the father for what he did.i would have done the same or worse.
Bryan

Knoxville, TN

#6 Aug 7, 2007
Good for the father!!! I wish he would have ripped his head off right there in the courtroom!!
Nancy Saffer

Lexington, KY

#7 Aug 7, 2007
If someone is found guilty of a horrible crime like murder or rape the victum or the familys should be allowed 5 minutes with the perp. There is nothing like giving him or her what he gave to the victum. Personal satisfaction feels great.
TEAM ME

Rogersville, TN

#8 Aug 7, 2007
Oh good grief - the man ("murder victim") was 28 years old and buying drugs.

I retract my earlier statement. Thank you Frankie (aka "Paul Harvey") for the rest of the story.
what counts

Buffalo Valley, TN

#9 Aug 7, 2007
Why did they stop him? If everyone had turned there heads no witness's. 33 yrs. Where's the electric chair?

DAH

“Live, Laugh, Love”

Since: Jun 07

Knoxville, TN

#10 Aug 7, 2007
TEAM ME wrote:
Oh good grief - the man ("murder victim") was 28 years old and buying drugs.
I retract my earlier statement. Thank you Frankie (aka "Paul Harvey") for the rest of the story.
So if your 28 year old son was shot while buying drugs you would feel no animosity toward the shooter...correct?
TEAM ME

Rogersville, TN

#11 Aug 7, 2007
No, DAH - that's not what I meant and that's not what I said. I didn't know the whole story - I didn't know drugs were involved - I didn't know the "child" was 28 years old. That being said.........I would wonder where I had failed as a parent. Would I have animosity toward the shooter? But of course! However, I would not have conducted myself in this manner based on the "rest of the story". This is what happens when drug deals go bad. I would fault myself as a parent and fault my 28 year old for having known better.
wrong

Murfreesboro, TN

#12 Aug 7, 2007
I hope they throw the father in jail for assault or attempted murder.

The guy should get off because the court failed to provide protection to him
Frankie

Smyrna, TN

#13 Aug 7, 2007
TEAM ME wrote:
No, DAH - that's not what I meant and that's not what I said. I didn't know the whole story - I didn't know drugs were involved - I didn't know the "child" was 28 years old. That being said.........I would wonder where I had failed as a parent. Would I have animosity toward the shooter? But of course! However, I would not have conducted myself in this manner based on the "rest of the story". This is what happens when drug deals go bad. I would fault myself as a parent and fault my 28 year old for having known better.
Sometimes you can be the best Parent in the world, and kids will go astray....
I think the aguish on the fathers face say's what you just said,... but that's not the 'rest of the story'.
I'm sure they played ball, went fishing, told girly stories.......... that's the rest of the story.

Since: Jul 07

Knoxville, TN

#14 Aug 7, 2007
The story says he was robbed and shot in the back of the head while trying to buy drugs behind a bar. He probably met that guy inside the bar. No the guy shouldn't have been buying drugs, but he shouldn't have been murdered either. Chances are he was probably just buying a little pot, clearly that is speculation and doesn't make it right, but its not like the guy was running a meth lab out of a preschool either. His father has every right to choke that murderer to death in my opinion. Everyone makes bad choices, and I would say that most of us are pretty lucky that one of our own bad choices didn't put us in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm sure my opinion won't be very popular since it sounds like I'm justifying the guy's decision to buy drugs. I don't use drugs and I don't support the use of drugs. Clearly they only cause pain in one way or another. However, I don't think its fair to judge the victim just because he made a bad choice. We don't know the whole story.

DAH

“Live, Laugh, Love”

Since: Jun 07

Knoxville, TN

#15 Aug 7, 2007
Frankie wrote:
<quoted text>
Sometimes you can be the best Parent in the world, and kids will go astray....
I think the aguish on the fathers face say's what you just said,... but that's not the 'rest of the story'.
I'm sure they played ball, went fishing, told girly stories.......... that's the rest of the story.
Everything you said is exactly right Frankie! I felt sorry for the father, I can't imagine being in his shoes. So sad what drugs do to families.
Jackie

Franklin, TN

#16 Aug 7, 2007
No one really knows what it is like in court until you have a family member murdered and have to face the murderer in court. That is something very hard for the families to do. Believe me I know. I have had to do that before. I do not agree with what the father done but sometimes in a situtation like that you can not help your self. I hope this family is ok now. I also don't think that 33 years is enough for murder what ever happened to an eye for an eye. I think if you murder someone then you should have to really pay. The murderers family is probably upset because he is in jail but at least they can visit him in person and not a grave somewhere.
big kid now

Knoxville, TN

#17 Aug 7, 2007
you can lead em 2 water but you cant make em drink the son chose his own path in the fathers eyes im sure he was still his little boy sad story
rdd

Munford, AL

#18 Aug 7, 2007
wrong wrote:
I hope they throw the father in jail for assault or attempted murder.
The guy should get off because the court failed to provide protection to him
you s**k
Jes

Knoxville, TN

#19 Aug 7, 2007
TEAM ME wrote:
No, DAH - that's not what I meant and that's not what I said. I didn't know the whole story - I didn't know drugs were involved - I didn't know the "child" was 28 years old. That being said.........I would wonder where I had failed as a parent. Would I have animosity toward the shooter? But of course! However, I would not have conducted myself in this manner based on the "rest of the story". This is what happens when drug deals go bad. I would fault myself as a parent and fault my 28 year old for having known better.
Why is it the parent's fault that the son was doing drugs? I am so SICK AND TIRED of people saying bad parenting causes bad kids. parents can do everything right and still have a bad seed. There comes a point when a persons children are responsible for their own actions. People are going to do what they want to do reagardless of parenting. Bad parents can produce wonderful children just as easily as good parents can have bad ones. This is the WORST stereotype. IT IS NOT THE PARENTS FAULT!!!!!! Just as parent can not take all the credit for a child that may save the world one day. Ultimately it is the child himself, not the parents that can take the credit or the blame.
Jes

Knoxville, TN

#20 Aug 7, 2007
wrong wrote:
I hope they throw the father in jail for assault or attempted murder.
The guy should get off because the court failed to provide protection to him
BE Serious, that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. In case you forgot he is a MURDERER. i am sure that wouldn't be your opinion if someone in your family was killed by him. Please, throw the father in jail. How about put you in jail for being so ignorant.

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