Judge won't dismiss charge of homicide

Judge won't dismiss charge of homicide

There are 56 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 16, 2010, titled Judge won't dismiss charge of homicide. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Third-degree murder charges are moving to Adams County court for a Hanover-area teenager accused of killing a 21-year-old in a January motor-vehicle accident.

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Andrew

United States

#1 Jun 17, 2010
I love how the defendant's attorney tried to turn it around and blame the incident on the trooper of why he was chasing her client. classic!!!
happy cat

United States

#2 Jun 17, 2010
YOU KILLED SOMEONE SON AND BROTHER! YOU TOOK A LIFE! HURT A FAMILY! YOU SHOULD NOT WALK FROM THIS! THIS CHRISTMAS SOMEONE WON'T BE HOME BECAUSE YOU KILLED THEM! YOUR NEED FOR SPEED ZACK IS YOUR DOWN FALL!
Farmer

Fannettsburg, PA

#3 Jun 17, 2010
Judge Zepp, thank you. Lets hope it sticks at the county level.
GET TO THE POINT

Hanover, PA

#4 Jun 17, 2010
Driving fast is the last thing he'll be thinking about in prison!
big trouble

Newville, PA

#5 Jun 17, 2010
Oh the boys at the state pen are salivating at the mouth waiting for this fresh meat to be had in prison....Kennedy deserves it as well
not happy at all

Reading, PA

#6 Jun 17, 2010
if you read previous blogs you will find this amusing "You had no reason you were aware of to pursue him other than a violation of the motor-vehicle code?" she asked. do you think she was reading the blogs...as it was so often discussed. and Manivong said he didn't know why Kennedy was fleeing; it could have been for any reason, such as fleeing because he had just committed a crime. Think he read any blogs? Hopefully.. this will not have an impact on any trial that is conducted. The kid is guilty and reckless... put him away before someone else is hurt or killed! You do the crime you do the time... there is no disputing the facts in this case. and although my heart goes out to this kids mother, it breaks for Gilberts because there is no justice for a lose of a child. It's just not supposed to happen that way.. kids going before parents especially at the hands of someone as stupid as kennedy was on this day. However, lets all understand that Ms Rice is only doing her job and defending him the best way she can.. double edged sword, unfortunately. Hey Kennedy... now's your chance to be a real man and just plead guilty to your stupidity.
huh

Hanover, PA

#7 Jun 17, 2010
lock him up for life!
involuntary

Lebanon, PA

#9 Jun 17, 2010
I think this is usually considered Involuntary Manslaughter, at the max!

And Rice has some very good points, as we are all concerned about ' CHASES ' and the consequences of this action by the police.

And of course, his fleeing and speeding to get away was totally asinine to the thinking citizen. No matter how you look at it, he has to be feeling very sorry that he fled and his actions killed someone. That is something he will have to live with every day of his life.

And as tragic as it is for someone to lose their son, another family is finding this a nightmare too.

Again.. this was an Accident. It was not INTENDED to occur or planned. Hopefully parents will start instilling in their children some respect for people, authority, and laws.
Rob H

Hanover, PA

#10 Jun 17, 2010
No reason to waste our tax dollars locking him up for life. He is a dumb kid that made a horrible judgement that resulted in the death of an innocent person. He's only 18 & stands a chance at fixing his life. I say give him 10 years and give him a chance to do something better with his life & for the community.
Joe

Columbia, PA

#11 Jun 17, 2010
glsr wrote:
Hey,Kristen Rice,what goes around comes around.Maybe one day someone you love will die tragically,and their attorney wants to lesson the charge,see how YOU like it.And by the way that mug shot of the murderer,THAT is a face only a mother could love.big ass floppy eared PUNK.
Please keep personal attacks such as this out of the public forum, as they are uncalled for. Ms. Rice, though I have never met her, has a thankless job, serving as a public defender who has to represent those who cannot afford representation. This is something our United States Constitution requires! The defendant could be guilty as sin, but she still must do her job to give him the best representation possible. Now that her initial plan hasn't worked, she might need to talk him into pleading guilty. But in all seriousness, you don't need to bring her - and especially not her family - into the discussion.
GET TO THE POINT

Hanover, PA

#12 Jun 17, 2010
big trouble wrote:
Oh the boys at the state pen are salivating at the mouth waiting for this fresh meat to be had in prison....Kennedy deserves it as well
Those ears will make some nice big old love handles in prison! "ZACH ATTACK" is gonna learn some "down on your knees old fashion humility" very quickly in prison.
GET TO THE POINT

Hanover, PA

#13 Jun 17, 2010
Andrew wrote:
I love how the defendant's attorney tried to turn it around and blame the incident on the trooper of why he was chasing her client. classic!!!
A public defender has the job of defending pond scum like KENNEDY and trying to come up with a reasonable defense for his inexcuseable actions. The only problem is in this incident there is no excuse for his thoughtless behavior. A self-centered little prick who has always showed a "self-serving" nature and this time it cost an innocent person his life!
Say What

Reading, PA

#14 Jun 17, 2010
involuntary wrote:
I think this is usually considered Involuntary Manslaughter, at the max!
And Rice has some very good points, as we are all concerned about ' CHASES ' and the consequences of this action by the police.
And of course, his fleeing and speeding to get away was totally asinine to the thinking citizen. No matter how you look at it, he has to be feeling very sorry that he fled and his actions killed someone. That is something he will have to live with every day of his life.
And as tragic as it is for someone to lose their son, another family is finding this a nightmare too.
Again.. this was an Accident. It was not INTENDED to occur or planned. Hopefully parents will start instilling in their children some respect for people, authority, and laws.
This was NO ACCIDENT! He intentionally fled, he intentionally drover at extremely high rates of speed, he intentionally swerved in and out of traffice, he intentionally passed in no passing zones several times, HE INTENTIONALLY committed all these violations, so it ain't NO ACCIDENT!

3rd degree murder is in line due to the aggravating circumstances and because the victim died during the commission of a crime!
here here

Kalida, OH

#15 Jun 17, 2010
Say What wrote:
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This was NO ACCIDENT! He intentionally fled, he intentionally drover at extremely high rates of speed, he intentionally swerved in and out of traffice, he intentionally passed in no passing zones several times, HE INTENTIONALLY committed all these violations, so it ain't NO ACCIDENT!
3rd degree murder is in line due to the aggravating circumstances and because the victim died during the commission of a crime!
Well said. Forget letting him out in 10. He should receive equal sentencing ... so what sentence did he give Gilbert??? When does Gilbert get the chance for anything else or new? When does Gilbert get to go home and see his family?
Brenlou69

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jun 17, 2010
Rob H wrote:
No reason to waste our tax dollars locking him up for life. He is a dumb kid that made a horrible judgement that resulted in the death of an innocent person. He's only 18 & stands a chance at fixing his life. I say give him 10 years and give him a chance to do something better with his life & for the community.
I agree. At that age, kids don't think about consequences - as they are invincible. But yes, he is 100% to blame for the tragic death of that young man and should have to face consequences. Ten years in prison and the next ten doing some good in the name of the life he took will make him stare his decision in the face every day and force him to make some good come from this awful situation.
Tim

York, PA

#17 Jun 17, 2010
involuntary wrote:
I think this is usually considered Involuntary Manslaughter, at the max!
And Rice has some very good points, as we are all concerned about ' CHASES ' and the consequences of this action by the police.
And of course, his fleeing and speeding to get away was totally asinine to the thinking citizen. No matter how you look at it, he has to be feeling very sorry that he fled and his actions killed someone. That is something he will have to live with every day of his life.
And as tragic as it is for someone to lose their son, another family is finding this a nightmare too.
Again.. this was an Accident. It was not INTENDED to occur or planned. Hopefully parents will start instilling in their children some respect for people, authority, and laws.
I think you're missing the point of the charge of malice. This isn't a first degree murder trial where there is intent and planning, this is a third degree murder trial. His terrible decisions led to him hitting the car in the other lane while traveling at extremely high rates of speed. He was fleeing a police officer and acting directly in violation of the law when committing his crime. The judge has every right to move forward with the charges as they are posted.
I Know All

Bethesda, MD

#18 Jun 17, 2010
So does this mean that the girl from New Oxford who killed her passenger and critically injured the opther 2 girls will have a similiar situation.

I would like to know what is happening in that investigation !

Or will it be swept under the carpet ... Even though a death happened ?
thess

Hampstead, MD

#19 Jun 17, 2010
The comments used by citizens targeting police are quite shameful. Imagine if mr kenndy just killed your son or daughter and the tooper was pursuing his/her killer. Its only after the fact that people want to rip the police. The Trooper was right in all his actions, he didn't plan for this idiot to kill someone that night. The DA should go to Baltimore and work for a week!
thess

Hampstead, MD

#20 Jun 17, 2010
involuntary wrote:
I think this is usually considered Involuntary Manslaughter, at the max!
And Rice has some very good points, as we are all concerned about ' CHASES ' and the consequences of this action by the police.
And of course, his fleeing and speeding to get away was totally asinine to the thinking citizen. No matter how you look at it, he has to be feeling very sorry that he fled and his actions killed someone. That is something he will have to live with every day of his life.
And as tragic as it is for someone to lose their son, another family is finding this a nightmare too.
Again.. this was an Accident. It was not INTENDED to occur or planned. Hopefully parents will start instilling in their children some respect for people, authority, and laws.
Consequences by the action of Police? What if this Trooper was pursuing someone that killed a family member of yours, would you want the Officer to stop? Hell no! Its only after the fact you rip the officer.Shameful!
sue

Shippensburg, PA

#21 Jun 17, 2010
Thank you judge Zepp!!!!

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