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Immunity granted for younger boy in Amy Yates death investigati...

There are 71 comments on the The Associated Press story from Oct 31, 2006, titled Immunity granted for younger boy in Amy Yates death investigati.... In it, The Associated Press reports that:

A Carroll County judge has granted immunity to a 14-year-old boy once thought to be the killer of 8-year-old Amy Yates.

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Robin

Marietta, GA

#1 Nov 1, 2006
Thank goodness. Now maybe we can get to the truth, whatever it may be.
Friend of Gossett

Schaumburg, IL

#2 Nov 4, 2006
GOSSETT WASN'T ALLOWED TO TESTIFY IN THIS ONE SIDED CASE...THEY SAID THE ONLY THING THEY GOT HIM ON WAS HIS CONFESSION IN FEBRUARY. I AM A TEACHER AND IT MAKES ME VERY ANGRY BECAUSE GOSSETT ISN'T THE KIND OF PERSON TO HARM ANYONE. THEY NEED TO INVESTIGATE SOME MORE AND MAKE SURE THE OTHER YOUTH IS TELLING THE TRUTH.

Yates jury indicts teen in girl's death

By JEFFRY SCOTT and BILL TORPY
Published on: 11/03/06

The grand jury investigating the 2004 killing of 8-year-old Amy Yates has indicted 19-year-old Chris Gossett for involuntary manslaughter, said District Attorney Pete Skandalakis.

The decision to indict Gossett on a lesser charge prompted Tom Yates to scuffle with sheriff's deputies and scream obscenities at them. When he refused to calm down, he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Because of the lesser charge, the case will be heard in juvenile court. If Gossett, who is mentally challenged, is convicted, he would be released at age 21.

The grand jury made the decision Friday after hearing from 33 witnesses and meeting for six and a half days. They deliberated for about three hours.

Gossett, a neighbor of Yates who confessed earlier this year but later recanted, turned himself in at the Carroll County jail at about 5:30 p.m.

Gossett's attorney, Allen Trapp, denied the teen had anything to do with Yates' death. "When I found out he was charged with involuntarily manslaughter, my jaw dropped," Trapp said. He said he doesn't yet know what their defense will be.

Trapp said Gossett confessed because of a combination of lack of mental ability and mental illness. "And that combination is toxic....people do make false confessions."

The grand jury had been weighing whether there was enough evidence to prosecute either a younger neighbor or Gossett.

The younger of the two suspects, a boy who is now 15, spent almost two years incarcerated in the strangulation murder of the freckle-faced girl. He finished his grand jury testimony Friday morning.

Shortly after the April 2004 crime, the younger suspect told detectives during a three-hour interrogation that he hit Amy while playing chase with her. Later, he recanted.

He was locked up in a juvenile treatment center but was released earlier this year when Gossett confessed.

Gossett works at a grocery store. His mental state played a role in the charge, Skandalakis said. He said the only evidence they have against Gossett is his earlier confession.

The families of Gossett, Amy and the younger boy all lived in the same trailer park in April 2004. Gossett was 16 at the time of her death.

A bond hearing in the case will be scheduled next week.
Robin

Marietta, GA

#3 Nov 6, 2006
Friend of Gossett wrote:
GOSSETT WASN'T ALLOWED TO TESTIFY IN THIS ONE SIDED CASE...THEY SAID THE ONLY THING THEY GOT HIM ON WAS HIS CONFESSION IN FEBRUARY. I AM A TEACHER AND IT MAKES ME VERY ANGRY BECAUSE GOSSETT ISN'T THE KIND OF PERSON TO HARM ANYONE. THEY NEED TO INVESTIGATE SOME MORE AND MAKE SURE THE OTHER YOUTH IS TELLING THE TRUTH.
Yates jury indicts teen in girl's death
By JEFFRY SCOTT and BILL TORPY
Published on: 11/03/06
The grand jury investigating the 2004 killing of 8-year-old Amy Yates has indicted 19-year-old Chris Gossett for involuntary manslaughter, said District Attorney Pete Skandalakis.
The decision to indict Gossett on a lesser charge prompted Tom Yates to scuffle with sheriff's deputies and scream obscenities at them. When he refused to calm down, he was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Because of the lesser charge, the case will be heard in juvenile court. If Gossett, who is mentally challenged, is convicted, he would be released at age 21.
The grand jury made the decision Friday after hearing from 33 witnesses and meeting for six and a half days. They deliberated for about three hours.
Gossett, a neighbor of Yates who confessed earlier this year but later recanted, turned himself in at the Carroll County jail at about 5:30 p.m.
Gossett's attorney, Allen Trapp, denied the teen had anything to do with Yates' death. "When I found out he was charged with involuntarily manslaughter, my jaw dropped," Trapp said. He said he doesn't yet know what their defense will be.
Trapp said Gossett confessed because of a combination of lack of mental ability and mental illness. "And that combination is toxic....people do make false confessions."
The grand jury had been weighing whether there was enough evidence to prosecute either a younger neighbor or Gossett.
The younger of the two suspects, a boy who is now 15, spent almost two years incarcerated in the strangulation murder of the freckle-faced girl. He finished his grand jury testimony Friday morning.
Shortly after the April 2004 crime, the younger suspect told detectives during a three-hour interrogation that he hit Amy while playing chase with her. Later, he recanted.
He was locked up in a juvenile treatment center but was released earlier this year when Gossett confessed.
Gossett works at a grocery store. His mental state played a role in the charge, Skandalakis said. He said the only evidence they have against Gossett is his earlier confession.
The families of Gossett, Amy and the younger boy all lived in the same trailer park in April 2004. Gossett was 16 at the time of her death.
A bond hearing in the case will be scheduled next week.
Oh, yeah, I'm sure they didn't think of that....(Investigate some more and make sure the other boy is telling the truth) Gossett just picked the "short" straw, I guess, so they said Hey, let's indict him. Unless you are on the Grand Jury, which you are NOT, you are making no sense and seem like a complete moron.
blame daddy

Raleigh, NC

#4 Sep 12, 2007
We just watched the Amy Yates story on Dateline(9-13-07) .. has anyone thought of pointing the finger at the father.. .. at no time did he show any emotion.. and his wife seem to be very scared of him. In the intervie with dateline.. she looked down most of it and didnt say anything.. and the father.. quick to point a finger to take the blame off of himself..
Prayerful One

Covington, LA

#5 Mar 31, 2008
Robin wrote:
<quoted text>Oh, yeah, I'm sure they didn't think of that....(Investigate some more and make sure the other boy is telling the truth) Gossett just picked the "short" straw, I guess, so they said Hey, let's indict him. Unless you are on the Grand Jury, which you are NOT, you are making no sense and seem like a complete moron.
Robin, how are you? Do you know the murderers family?
Robin

Villa Rica, GA

#6 Apr 11, 2008
Prayerful One wrote:
<quoted text>Robin, how are you? Do you know the murderers family?
Hmmm....Prayerful One??? Shouldn't you be over in Offbeat wreaking havoc on your "friends"?? And no, I don't KNOW the murderers family, but I'll bet YOU do, VERY well. I have finally realized who Prayerful One is......But I always suspected.
trent

Conley, GA

#7 May 6, 2008
Amy yates father is nothing more than someone who LOVES attention.If you notice , he drops in on the news every chance he can.He loves PUBLICITY
chris

Marietta, GA

#8 Jun 3, 2008
You freakin sick freaks!!!!You blame this murder on mi true biological cousin!!!!Johnathon didnt do a dam thing. I kno him and he is very funny and smart. Sure he did some bad things but he wud never kill and innocent child such as Amy Yates.
Chris Gosset did it and i hope he dies and burns in heck!!!!!!!!!!
Justin Justice

Covington, LA

#9 Oct 24, 2008
chris wrote:
You freakin sick freaks!!!!You blame this murder on mi true biological cousin!!!!Johnathon didnt do a dam thing. I kno him and he is very funny and smart. Sure he did some bad things but he wud never kill and innocent child such as Amy Yates.
Chris Gosset did it and i hope he dies and burns in heck!!!!!!!!!!
He will pay for his crime and so will all others involved trying to hide it. I heard his momma is up all night and sleeps all day. <shaking head> Is she really that lazy?
gulity police

United States

#10 Dec 21, 2008
blame the police for making this a big mess. Interogating a child without an attorney or the parents present should be a crime. You could scare any kid into confessing and promise to go home afterwards. Get them to write it down with the promise to go home. I would give 20 years to those cops he did that to the first kid.
Call for Justice

Branch, LA

#11 Dec 27, 2008
chris wrote:
You freakin sick freaks!!!!You blame this murder on mi true biological cousin!!!!Johnathon didnt do a dam thing. I kno him and he is very funny and smart. Sure he did some bad things but he wud never kill and innocent child such as Amy Yates.
Chris Gosset did it and i hope he dies and burns in heck!!!!!!!!!!
All the evidence PLUS the confession all indicate that the Gossett boy committed this crime. It seems his mother has a knack for turning this around to make Amy's parents the bad guys. It ain't over yet. They may be slow in that family but slow don't equal evil to most people. Murder is evil. Hiding murder is evil.
Justice Will Be Served

Branch, LA

#12 Dec 28, 2008
trent wrote:
Amy yates father is nothing more than someone who LOVES attention.If you notice , he drops in on the news every chance he can.He loves PUBLICITY
Have you not noticed that his 6 year old daughter was brutally murdered by that uncontrollable gentle giant? He, uncontrollable giant, is always in and out of hospitals just like his mother. I am afraid if he is not dealt with he will do this again. He attempted suicide just recently. This is not a happy person. Could it be he resorts to violence toward himself because of his guilt?
You are so wrong to say that Mr. Yates is seeking attention when he is just seeking justice.
Becky

United States

#13 Feb 7, 2009
Not to argue, but Amy was days away from turning nine (not 6 yrs. old as the previous poster stated).

I just got done watching the Dateline story about this. What a sweet and beautiful girl Amy was! My heart broke for her and her loving family. I saw a grieving family, not one that looked suspicious in any way, as someone suggested a few posts up. Her dad did show emotion. He seemed truly devastated to have lost his precious daughter. Amy seemed very loved. They had so many home videos of her, which would indicate to me that they cared and loved her. Those videos must be very comforting to them now.

God bless Amy and her family. I hope her killer is brought to justice so her family can get some closure!
Oregon

Richland, WA

#14 Feb 8, 2009
Why is it taking so long for Chris Gossett to be tried? Is he really still walking around a trailer park with other little children he might "try sex" with and then kill? By the way, what ever happened to that little kitten he was holding on the dateline show. Scary!

Since: Nov 08

Douglasville, GA

#15 Feb 13, 2009
When I saw this on Dateline, It dawned on me why the rest of the world thinks that the southern states are cousin-screwing rednecks. If its not some Inbred on the news describing the Tornado, It's some thugged-out hoodlum reenacting the gun shots. Why can't the news interview someone with class? Or at least all their teeth. I was at a run down gas station next to a trailer park in Carrrollton. This barefoot kid (about 10 yrs old) goes in the store with a Crown-Royal bag of change and a note from his mom asking to let him buy her cigarettes. And I swear to you, The cashier sold him cigarettes.
Wonder

Winder, GA

#16 Mar 28, 2009
Does anyone know where this guy lives now? He kinda looks familiar i think i saw him at the fair in Jackson County. I've never even heard of this case but i just saw it tonight on tv and i couldn't figure out why he looked so familiar.
shana

Decatur, GA

#17 Jun 20, 2009
i knew them all.amy was 4yrs.older then my son.she came to my son's b'day party,she didn't want cake just chocolate icecream.she was very sweet.jonathan was our neibor in the park i knew he didn't do it because he had ben at my house moments before that happened.
shana

Decatur, GA

#18 Jun 20, 2009
i was in tanner psych ward with chris he is a nice guy to your face but i also seen how he talked to his little sister.and he had busted out his bedroom window before any of this happened. he ran up his moms phonebill on 900 numbers.chris has some majer issues but needs to be punished for what he did,just like anybody else would be.
pwp

Phoenix, AZ

#19 Jul 19, 2009
blame daddy wrote:
We just watched the Amy Yates story on Dateline(9-13-07).. has anyone thought of pointing the finger at the father.... at no time did he show any emotion.. and his wife seem to be very scared of him. In the intervie with dateline.. she looked down most of it and didnt say anything.. and the father.. quick to point a finger to take the blame off of himself..
There is no evidence that the father did this. His reaction was appropriate and both parents were clearly grieving. Where do you come up with this?
sickened by the world

Mathews, VA

#20 Jul 19, 2009
First off I think it is absolutley sickening that anyone would sink as low to say to look at the father in this situation. If you had actually watched the dateline episode or looked into this case at all, You would obviously see a loving, father who is full of grief and wants nothing more than justice and to know what happened to his little angel after so long. Secondly What kind of justice system is this and how stupid are the deputies in this area. To think that the true killer could face the same punishment as another poor child who was forced into a confession. The whole situation is sickening and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Yates and the accomplishments that he has made with Amy's law.

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