Gerald to spend life behind bars

Gerald to spend life behind bars

There are 44 comments on the Portsmouth Daily Times story from Oct 11, 2012, titled Gerald to spend life behind bars. In it, Portsmouth Daily Times reports that:

David Gerald, on trial for the murder of Felipe Lopez, was convicted Thursday after four hours of jury deliberation and sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in prison.

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wondering

Marion, OH

#1 Oct 11, 2012
did he get life plus 26 years like linkous
self defense

Springfield, NJ

#2 Oct 12, 2012
He did. life no parole, and 26 years consecutive.
Sad

United States

#3 Oct 12, 2012
I feel sorry for his wife and family. But I also feel sad for the 3 men who killed him in an act of self defense and in fear for their lives and family's lives. This man claimed to be Mexican mafia. When he pulled a gun, 2 of the reacted. The 3rd was a witness and was shocked and still in fear. He started the fire, all 3 thought he was dead. And surely he appeared dead. It's a tragedy. Drugs will destroy families! I hope people can learn from this.
wow

United States

#4 Oct 12, 2012
Sad wrote:
I feel sorry for his wife and family. But I also feel sad for the 3 men who killed him in an act of self defense and in fear for their lives and family's lives. This man claimed to be Mexican mafia. When he pulled a gun, 2 of the reacted. The 3rd was a witness and was shocked and still in fear. He started the fire, all 3 thought he was dead. And surely he appeared dead. It's a tragedy. Drugs will destroy families! I hope people can learn from this.
they planned to kill the man, I don't feel sorry for them at all.... Dave is no victim here, an wasn't saving anyone, he is a violent psycho woman beater. Don't dare feel sorry for him... They planned it, all three took a swing with a weapon so that none of them could turn states evidence on each other, and they took him out in the country to kill him, that's why they had a can of gas, two knives, and a hatchet.... He did threaten the families, but rational people go to the family and protect them, not savagely murder a man in cold blood premeditated no less! Shut the fuck up about feeling sorry for him, or that he is any kind of victim! He is thief, a liar, a needle junkie, a woman beater, and even pimped a couple of girl friends out for drug money!!!!! His wife left him before this ever happened and his children were not surprised that he did it, nor do they care he will never get out of prison!!!!!!!!!
allen

Marion, OH

#5 Oct 12, 2012
good for him
scooby doo

Millersport, OH

#6 Oct 12, 2012
Mr. Lopez sold drugs and tore families apart. Now his family is torn apart. He didn't deserve to die, but his wife acting like she didn't know what his business was is absurd. All 4 of them, Linkous, Dave, Thomas and Felipe will have to answer for what they have done on this earth. Hopefully the truth will come out someday. 4 families ripped apart by drugs. Children that will never know their fathers. Leave the judging to God. None of us were there.
Jimmys little sister

Ardsley, NY

#7 Oct 12, 2012
wow wrote:
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they planned to kill the man, I don't feel sorry for them at all.... Dave is no victim here, an wasn't saving anyone, he is a violent psycho woman beater. Don't dare feel sorry for him... They planned it, all three took a swing with a weapon so that none of them could turn states evidence on each other, and they took him out in the country to kill him, that's why they had a can of gas, two knives, and a hatchet.... He did threaten the families, but rational people go to the family and protect them, not savagely murder a man in cold blood premeditated no less! Shut the fuck up about feeling sorry for him, or that he is any kind of victim! He is thief, a liar, a needle junkie, a woman beater, and even pimped a couple of girl friends out for drug money!!!!! His wife left him before this ever happened and his children were not surprised that he did it, nor do they care he will never get out of prison!!!!!!!!!
Wait a minute, you have no idea of what happened here. Let me set things straight for you. I have sat through both trials. And I know there was 1 knife, which Tom used, and 1 hatchet, which Dave used. Jimmy never struck the man. The detective and prosecutor stated at Dave's trial that it WOULD HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR JIMMY TO HAVE STRUCK THE MAN DUE TO HIS POSITION IN THE VEHICLE. Let me add here that they left that part out at Jimmy's trial! So you get your shit together. The statements also say that after the whole situation occurred that Dave told Jimmy that he had been wanting to kill Felipe, that is not all 3 planning it! That is one person admitting after it happened that HE planned it. And for your information, and you would know more if you sat through the trials.. They bought gas after the man pulled a gun and the incident occurred. So you can shut the fuck up yourself. Jimmy and Thomas had statements that lined up to a T. Those are words from the detective under oath as well. And both say jimmy did nothing but start the fire. Also I have the motion of discovery and Thomas say as well that jimmy did nothing but start the fire, and all thought he was dead. And for your information, Dave says in his recorded interview which I viewed during the trial that JIMMY NEVER TOUCHED THE MAN, but did start the fire. Jimmy was drove out there that day to buy cocaine, the lady that drive him came to testify on his behalf to prove he went alone and unarmed, the prosecutor told her if she testified that she would be indicted for complicity to murder. Dave's wife was right here the night it happened, she left him after the fact. I don't know Dave well, but he was scared for his life and family. I'm in wheelersburg if you have a problem. This is the true story. Wait and see, the truth will come out one day.
wow

United States

#8 Oct 12, 2012
Jimmys little sister wrote:
Wait a minute, you have no idea of what happened here. Let me set things straight for you. I have sat through both trials. And I know there was 1 knife, which Tom used, and 1 hatchet, which Dave used. Jimmy never struck the man. The detective and prosecutor stated at Dave's trial that it WOULD HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR JIMMY TO HAVE STRUCK THE MAN DUE TO HIS POSITION IN THE VEHICLE. Let me add here that they left that part out at Jimmy's trial! So you get your shit together. The statements also say that after the whole situation occurred that Dave told Jimmy that he had been wanting to kill Felipe, that is not all 3 planning it! That is one person admitting after it happened that HE planned it. And for your information, and you would know more if you sat through the trials.. They bought gas after the man pulled a gun and the incident occurred. So you can shut the fuck up yourself. Jimmy and Thomas had statements that lined up to a T. Those are words from the detective under oath as well. And both say jimmy did nothing but start the fire. Also I have the motion of discovery and Thomas say as well that jimmy did nothing but start the fire, and all thought he was dead. And for your information, Dave says in his recorded interview which I viewed during the trial that JIMMY NEVER TOUCHED THE MAN, but did start the fire. Jimmy was drove out there that day to buy cocaine, the lady that drive him came to testify on his behalf to prove he went alone and unarmed, the prosecutor told her if she testified that she would be indicted for complicity to murder. Dave's wife was right here the night it happened, she left him after the fact. I don't know Dave well, but he was scared for his life and family. I'm in wheelersburg if you have a problem. This is the true story. Wait and see, the truth will come out one day.
David is a piece of shit who beat his wife and treated his children like garbage, I know he is a worthless piece of crap and as far as his wife goes, Tracy, she had already left.... I'm glad he is going to prison forever, and his family,(except maybe his dad an one brother)don't mind much either... Good riddance to the trash! If jimmy didn't do anything then David lied on him, like he lies about everything else... David stole from so many people it was just a matter of time til this happened or they found him dead.... He owes thousands of dollars to everyone he knows and even robbed his own mother and fathers houses!!!!!!! idk about the other guys an idc ... Guilt by association is wrong but it happens.... at least feral is where he deserves to be!!!!!!
wow

United States

#9 Oct 12, 2012
scooby doo wrote:
Mr. Lopez sold drugs and tore families apart. Now his family is torn apart. He didn't deserve to die, but his wife acting like she didn't know what his business was is absurd. All 4 of them, Linkous, Dave, Thomas and Felipe will have to answer for what they have done on this earth. Hopefully the truth will come out someday. 4 families ripped apart by drugs. Children that will never know their fathers. Leave the judging to God. None of us were there.
don't feel bad for Gerald's children, he was never around much, and they are better off without him around
wow

Marion, OH

#10 Oct 12, 2012
misty just take care of your own dont worry about the things you cant change
wow

United States

#11 Oct 13, 2012
wow wrote:
misty just take care of your own dont worry about the things you cant change
I didn't post this,
hmmmm

Terre Haute, IN

#12 Oct 13, 2012
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counselor

Marion, OH

#13 Oct 25, 2012
wow wrote:
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don't feel bad for Gerald's children, he was never around much, and they are better off without him around
I hadn't seen dave for a few years, he was always laid back, I cant believe what has happened, like I said this has been a shock to me! when I met him, he was always with his kids, or out trying to rake up a few extra bucks, to take his kids fishing, or something! what happened to him? did he get on drugs or something? he always acted good toward his kids that I knew!
Ex wife

Wheelersburg, OH

#14 Oct 27, 2012
counselor wrote:
<quoted text> I hadn't seen dave for a few years, he was always laid back, I cant believe what has happened, like I said this has been a shock to me! when I met him, he was always with his kids, or out trying to rake up a few extra bucks, to take his kids fishing, or something! what happened to him? did he get on drugs or something? he always acted good toward his kids that I knew!
no he wasn't good to his kids, hardly ever saw them... You must have met him during one of his forces sober streaks when he was on probation... That man isn't a father, he is a sperm donor... Has never bought Christmas or school clothes for kids and only reason he paid his $200 a month child support was because he was on disability and they took it straight from him and gave it to me ... You obviously don't know him well. He is a thief and a compulsive liar.. He hit me and verbally abused my kids as well as neglect them. He is where he belongs.... Trust me..
counselor

Marion, OH

#15 Oct 27, 2012
sorry you put up with that! now maybe you are satisfied with the support you get! sometimes people can be very decieving, but sometimes when others manipulate people and drive them to do things they would not normally do. In your case you all had 3 kids together, and when I knew him you appeared to be happy! what happened?
Ex wife

Marion, OH

#16 Oct 29, 2012
Idk when you knew him, or if you know me, I divorced him 10 years ago this month, but drugs mixed with mental problems is what happened..... He just changed....
Crazy

Marion, OH

#17 Nov 1, 2012
Really Carrie? nothing better to do then talk crap in a public forum, I am so sure you dont want me to start posting stuff about you on here huh? I know everything and if you post again on this subject I will tell; all of the things you have done and do, hint hint..........
Ex wife

Ardsley, NY

#18 Nov 1, 2012
I'm not scared of you crazy. Go ahead and tell all about me, I'm not ashamed.
elisha

Martinsville, OH

#19 Nov 1, 2012
We met Dave when he first got with Davida. He seemed ok then, never would have dreamed he would do something like this. That was about 10 years ago I think, had not seen him for quite a few years. Just really makes you wonder about people, what they will do when put in a situation.
Truth be known

United States

#20 Nov 1, 2012
Any person who was in this situation would have reacted as they did, after this man pulled a loaded 9mm and they had to defend themselves, they should have called the police. They all panicked as they were in fear due to Felipe convincing them he was with Mexican mafia. So they tried to cover up what had happened. They all acted in self defense. It's very sad. But any person who had been in the situation would have defended theirselves. These 3 men are not the animals that they have been made out to be. Drug addicts, maybe, murderers... No way! They should have called the police right after it all happened. They had the gun that Felipe was gonna kill them all with. Things could have been different.

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