Immunity granted for younger boy in A...

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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arkansas mom

Jacksonville, AR

#21 Jul 19, 2009
gulity police wrote:
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.
Absolutely! The police botched this from the first minute. They did everything wrong. I have watched the program several times and kept up online. I am even more convinced today that Gossett is 1000% guilty.
just me

Marion, OH

#22 Jul 20, 2009
pwp wrote:
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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?
You didn't watch the same show I did. I saw a grieving father and mother who wants justice for their little girl. I think, like others, that there is much doubt as to to the crime being committed by the neighborhood boy(s) but who knows...the cops appeared to have created a situation for which the truth may never come out or when it does; many will doubt it.

but the father...I saw nothing to point to him.

Since: Aug 08

San Francisco

#23 Jul 20, 2009
Gossett confessed, knew details of the crime no one but the perp could know. He is "mentally impaired" but apparently is aware of right and wrong as his conscience bothered him enough to confess. He should serve some time in an appropriate facility. I do not think he should go to "regular" prison. That would be an entirely inappropriate punishment and a disaster. He would be victimized and destroyed, but he could be placed in a local residential treatment facility for a minimal amount of time. His suicidal gesture also speaks to his guilt feels. He understands that what he did was wrong and he understands the concept of right, wrong, guilt, punishment -- but it should be appropriate given his mental status especially since it does not appear that the crime was malicious in any way.
sickened by the world

Gladys, VA

#24 Jul 20, 2009
Does not appear that the crime was malicious??? A 9 year old girl was choked to death, how is that not malicious? Just because someone is a little slower than others does not mean they are incapable of knowing there actions and what they do. He was able to describe in detail two years later what he did to that little girl and he was also able to clearly state the reasons he was doing them. "sex". Gossett should at the very least have to live with the same punishment and really worse than what another innocent kid had to deal with while he was keeping his little secret from the rest of the world.

Since: Aug 08

San Francisco

#25 Jul 21, 2009
sickened by the world wrote:
Does not appear that the crime was malicious??? A 9 year old girl was choked to death, how is that not malicious? Just because someone is a little slower than others does not mean they are incapable of knowing there actions and what they do. He was able to describe in detail two years later what he did to that little girl and he was also able to clearly state the reasons he was doing them. "sex". Gossett should at the very least have to live with the same punishment and really worse than what another innocent kid had to deal with while he was keeping his little secret from the rest of the world.
I agree he should have some punishment. I do not have a degree or any expertise in this field. Do you? Shocking as it sounds, even developmentally delayed people have feelings about love, emotions and yes, even "sexual feelings." SHOCKING!!! Just because they are "slow" mentally, their bodies and hormones continue to develop. Do you REALLY think any "justice" would be served by putting this developmentally-delayed young man into a prison with other men???? To be raped, tortured and taken advantage of in ways that are to unimaginable to describe? He DID NOT rape the girl (this is a fact). He was probably sexually curious and became frightened when she got scared and he tried to "make her be quiet" and killed her (not with malicious intent).

He does need treatment and punishment of some sort, but look into your heart -- what would be served by him rotting in a jail cell for 10, 20 or 30 years????

Since: Aug 08

San Francisco

#26 Jul 21, 2009
sickened by the world wrote:
Does not appear that the crime was malicious??? A 9 year old girl was choked to death, how is that not malicious? Just because someone is a little slower than others does not mean they are incapable of knowing there actions and what they do. He was able to describe in detail two years later what he did to that little girl and he was also able to clearly state the reasons he was doing them. "sex". Gossett should at the very least have to live with the same punishment and really worse than what another innocent kid had to deal with while he was keeping his little secret from the rest of the world.
And sadly, part of the "innocent kid's" problem came from his own family and the police. The case was not investigated correctly from day one.

He confessed but the facts did not fit. But the police were happy to "make it fit" so they could close the case. That's SICK. And to make matters worse, his family allowed the police to abuse him by letting him be interviewed without a lawyer and without being present themselves. Absolute insanity. Apparently, even his own parents thought HE WAS GUILTY. So there is a lot of blame to sling here.
POSEY VEST

AOL

#27 Jul 22, 2009
shana wrote:
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.
You have the nerve to talk? You have been in and out of that looney bin so many times they carved your name into your own straight jacket. You are a drug addicted sorry ass excuse for a human being and now you've got several pair of eyes watching you and I dont mean the ones that talk to you inside your head. Your number is up on Offbeat, "girl interrupted," and you will troll no more.
I was there

Fairburn, GA

#28 Jul 22, 2009
all of you have the Johnny Adams confession incorrect the sheriff department called ALL teenaged boys into be questioned the day after the murder Johnathan Adams confessed no one expected a confession that day just wanted answers to questions they had this is why Johnny Adams was detained so long without an attorney he was guilty and plead just because of questioning the boy is not smart

Since: Aug 08

San Francisco

#29 Jul 23, 2009
I was there wrote:
all of you have the Johnny Adams confession incorrect the sheriff department called ALL teenaged boys into be questioned the day after the murder Johnathan Adams confessed no one expected a confession that day just wanted answers to questions they had this is why Johnny Adams was detained so long without an attorney he was guilty and plead just because of questioning the boy is not smart
WRONG. The sheriff's department still knew he was underage. They still knew his parents should have been with him and he needed an attorney. They just wanted to close the case. They had decided "he did it." They didn't care if the facts fit the case or the confession fit the case. So now they have another confession for the same case. If they had done a real investigation the FIRST time, the whole mess could have been avoided.
liliy

New Bedford, MA

#30 Nov 18, 2009
are u serious lady if ur a teacher please use ur head!!! 1st of all him being nice doesnt mean he wont kill someone he knew wat he was doing its sad how u people just trying to ignore that this boy killed a young girland wanted to have sex with her i think he should be in a hospital cause hes sick in the head and just cause u think he wont do it doesnt mean he wont!!!!!
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.
liliy

New Bedford, MA

#31 Nov 18, 2009
chris should be in a hospital cause hes a sick boy .And the adults should be ashamed of them selfs cause this little girl got killed and almost raped by chris yall will have to live with this in ur conscience he should be in a mental institude
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#32 Nov 21, 2009
People should find out if treir loved ones are safe on the streets,when mental illness is a problem.It is very unfair to let someone who is capable of rape,murder or other crimes be turned loose in the neighbohoods.I do feel sorry for this young man and his family,also I feel sorry for what this little girl and her family had to go though.This might have been prevented.
The Fam

Cumming, GA

#33 Dec 26, 2009
Blame Daddy,
You obviously have a very sick mind to think that Tommy would have ever hurt a strand of hair on Amy. He loved Amy with his whole being. It tore him to shreds when he found out that she had been killed.
To others- Unfortunately we will probably never really know the truth. Jonathon is no saint in no way, shape or form. He was considered a bully and took great joy in hurting others physically and emotionally. And yes Chris knew things that only the investigators and parents were privy to. Not even the rest of the family knew certain facts that he told the investigators during his confession.
One thing though with Jonathon that was off was the fact that he knew she was "in the ditch" but yet while the search was going he never once took anyone there or mentioned it. For all we know they were both guilty.
Sandra Barber Rabern

Powder Springs, GA

#34 Dec 27, 2009
I wish all of Amy's family and friends well.I know that during the holidays we miss our loved ones who have gone on before us very much.I sure hope all of you are well and have been able to cope these past few years.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
MKC

Grandview, TX

#35 Dec 28, 2009
Cali4NADreamn wrote:
Gossett confessed, knew details of the crime no one but the perp could know. He is "mentally impaired" but apparently is aware of right and wrong as his conscience bothered him enough to confess. He should serve some time in an appropriate facility. I do not think he should go to "regular" prison. That would be an entirely inappropriate punishment and a disaster. He would be victimized and destroyed, but he could be placed in a local residential treatment facility for a minimal amount of time. His suicidal gesture also speaks to his guilt feels. He understands that what he did was wrong and he understands the concept of right, wrong, guilt, punishment -- but it should be appropriate given his mental status especially since it does not appear that the crime was malicious in any way.
Absolutely! Great Post.

I have to add, I saw greiving parents as well. I could see myself being exactly like the father if my child had been murdered. I would be angry, outraged, sad, depressed. Every emotion in the world! There can not be any loss worse than that of your own child.
MKC

Grandview, TX

#36 Dec 28, 2009
Let me add, does anyone remember being a kid? Did you ever go exploring? Out in the woods, around ur home or neighborhood? I wonder how many of the kids in the mobile home park KNEW there was a ditch down the hill. Possibly when the investigatiton was going on and the police/investigators could not be seen, it was assumed they were in the ditch. As kids we knew where we could hide to not be seen by parents. If you were a kid and had known of that ditch you might know you could not be seen from there. I doubt it was a big secret she was found in the ditch. That is not the deciding factor for me. The girl having brusing on her chest from the weight of a large person sitting on her says a lot. Knowing her pants were unbuttoned and unzipped but not down says a lot for me. Knowing where her white notebook was thrown also says a lot, for me. This case if very sad and the investigation very dissappointing.
PJDC

Salina, KS

#37 Dec 28, 2009
Just wondering if it was possible that both boys were involved or that the younger one saw or knew something but didn't do it? If he had a violent history (bully), it might explain why the cops believed he did it. Someone that claimed to have been a neighbor said he shot a kid in the head with a bow and arrow. Any truth to that? Sounds like a messed up neighborhood!
Michelle

AOL

#38 Dec 29, 2009
Has anything happened to Chris Gossett yet? He knew details of what happened to Amy that no one else could have know! And as for the statement that the father could have did it...oh my word come one people. Had I have been a detective on this case Chris would have been the first person that I would have taken a look at to begin with!! What you have here is a case of the system failing. Police wanted an open and shut case and they bullied the first boy into a confession! It is obvious that Chris Gossett is the killer and needs to be locked up in a mental institution for the rest of his life. He cant be trusted around small children...he probably would have molested that little girl after he killed her but my guess is something scared him and he stopped. If he isnt locked away then our system is really messed up!
Robin

Atlanta, GA

#39 Dec 29, 2009
Michelle wrote:
Has anything happened to Chris Gossett yet? He knew details of what happened to Amy that no one else could have know! And as for the statement that the father could have did it...oh my word come one people. Had I have been a detective on this case Chris would have been the first person that I would have taken a look at to begin with!! What you have here is a case of the system failing. Police wanted an open and shut case and they bullied the first boy into a confession! It is obvious that Chris Gossett is the killer and needs to be locked up in a mental institution for the rest of his life. He cant be trusted around small children...he probably would have molested that little girl after he killed her but my guess is something scared him and he stopped. If he isnt locked away then our system is really messed up!
Nothing has happened to Chris. He is "out" of jail and living at home with his parents. They moved out of the trailer park. The only thing I've heard is that he tried to kill himself not long ago by drinking bleach. His mother posts is the "Offbeat" forum under the name Mommy Of Four. It's been talked about quite a bit over there, although not lately.
wastedTime

Phoenix, AZ

#40 Dec 29, 2009
left Carrollton few years ago ,,,,,,,let me say this you will never meet a bigger piece of worthless shit than Christopher Gossett. He is never ever supervised by his lazy ass mom. he wonders around all day while his pig of a mom collects SSI for him, all the while tapping into everyones sypathy as to what a hard time she has

and she would have given him up already if it were not for the SSI checks she lives off of I will tell you why he changed his story ..She(his mom) threatend him, something like "They put you away and I will get rid of the cats!!" or "I will get rid of your video games!!" she was always screaming some kind of bullshit at him.She cant hit the retard he is on SSI and has a social worker checking on him. Should see her running around trying to find that lump of shit when she gets word the social worker is makeing her rounds in the trailer court. There is so many people who cant wait to see Chris put away and that pig of a mom lose her meal ticket ..She is the the person who is to bame for all of this

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