Horowitz defending boy who allegedly ...

Horowitz defending boy who allegedly killed mom

There are 14 comments on the East Bay Daily News story from Nov 10, 2006, titled Horowitz defending boy who allegedly killed mom. In it, East Bay Daily News reports that:

High-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz has agreed to represent Andrew Mantas, a 16-year-old Danville boy accused of bludgeoning his mother to death with a metal baseball bat early Monday morning.
High-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz has agreed to represent Andrew Mantas, a 16-year-old Danville boy accused of bludgeoning his mother to death with a metal baseball bat early Monday morning. <br/> <br/>Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said Wednesday that Andrew Mantas would be tried as an adult for the murder of 43-year-old Dimitra Mantas. <br/> <br/>Horowitz, who is defending Andrew Mantas at no cost to the family, said Thursday the boy was on a 24-hour suicide watch and that, "He is extremely distraught. His whole world has come crashing down around him.'' <br/> <br/>Horowitz said that the murder could have been prevented if Andrew Mantas had received the proper psychiatric help. <br/> <br/>He also said that Dimitra Mantas knew her son was in a crisis and had taken him to their priest at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland because she believed he was possessed by demons, Horowitz said. <br/> <br/>"The priest did the right thing. He counseled him spiritually and referred him to mental health,'' Horowitz said. <br/> <br/>However, just days before the murder, Andrew Mantas was released from a hospital and sent home. Horowitz said that mental health services had failed the family. <br/> <br/>Police found Dimitra Mantas bludgeoned to death in a bedroom in her Danville home in the 3000 block of Swallow Street at 1:22 a.m. Monday after a neighbor called to report a commotion, Danville police Chief Chris Wenzel said. <br/> <br/>Police arrested Andrew Mantas at Blackhawk Country Club less than four hours later and booked him into juvenile hall in Martinez on suspicion of murder, Wenzel said. <br/> <br/>Horowitz said he did not have any reservations about defending Andrew Mantas even though his case bears some similarities to the murder of Horowitz's wife, 52-year-old Pamela Vitale, in October 2005. <br/> <br/>A jury convicted 17-year-old Scott Dyleski in August of bludgeoning Vitale to death in her Lafayette home with what Jewett, who prosecuted the case, said was likely a rock. <br/> <br/>"They're complete opposites,'' Horowitz said of the two cases. "There is no comparison between a murder where someone who kills revels in it and glories in it versus someone who is tortured and tried to get help.'' <br/> <br/>Dyleski was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in September. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Barbara Zuniga said that she believed Dyleski was proud of the killing. <br/> <br/>Horowitz said he was taking Andrew Mantas' case pro bono because he believes that the law should make a distinction between what he sees as two very different murders. <br/> <br/>"The idea that these two cases could be treated the same in the law when they are so different is frightening,'' Horowitz said. <br/> <br/>Jewett said on Wednesday that Andrew Mantas' apparent psychiatric issues factored in to the decision to try him as an adult. <br/> <br/>"There are obviously mental health issues we believe are more appropriately handled in the adult context,'' Jewett said. <br/> <br/>While the treatment the 16-year-old would receive for any mental illness would be identical in the juvenile and adult justice systems, if convicted and sentenced as a juvenile, Mantas would be released on his 25th birthday unless prosecutors could prove he was still a danger to the community, Jewett said. <br/> <br/>"The burden would be on us,'' he explained. "Under the facts of this case, it seems appropriate that the burden remains with him, his attorneys and his doctors to show he's not a danger to the community.'' <br/> <br/>Other factors influencing the decision to try Mantas as an adult include the brutality of the crime and Mantas' history of contact with law enforcement and the juvenile justice system, Jewett said. He declined to discuss Mantas' past. <br/> <br/>The District Attorney's Office is awaiting results of a toxicology test to see if Andrew Mantas was using drugs prior to his arrest Monday morning, Jewett added. <br/> <br/>Andrew Mantas will be charged as an adult as soon as he is released from psychiatric hospital, Jewett said. <br/> <br/>Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral will be prosecuting the case, Jewett said. <br/>
Toe Vittore

Apollo Beach, FL

#1 Dec 20, 2006
Dimitra Mantas slaying Nov.06.06. What a tragic to this family. Divorse of the parents and a tragic death of a mother by her own son. Were was the father during the grown of the children.A son and two daugthers. One 12 and the other 19. A father plays a big role in the childrens life. Here we have a divorce of the parents and thereafter a murder of a young mother by her own son. Who is to be blame???
Toe Vittore

Apollo Beach, FL

#2 Dec 28, 2006
They should consider the fathers previous life style with the family and then you should get the picture. The boy did not got involved with drugs just like that. There is a history of what went wrong with the family. Do not put all your emphasis on the boy. This is my view. Thank you
Elsa Mantas

Davenport, FL

#3 Mar 9, 2007
How is the health condition of Andrew Mantas currently. Is he receiving the proper care?
CAH

Anchorage, AK

#4 May 28, 2007
I find it odd that Horowitz can't see the similarities of the Mantas murder and Dyleski murder of Horowitz' wife. Both are 16, mentally ill, destraught loners that live in another world. This is not a case of opposites as he would like to believe. Just because Horowitz is not privy to the mental illness in Dyleski's case, does not mean it isn't so. I find it very odd that he's taking this case on and can't figure out what would motivate him to do so.
Test

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Aug 21, 2007
Toe Vittore wrote:
Dimitra Mantas slaying Nov.06.06. What a tragic to this family. Divorse of the parents and a tragic death of a mother by her own son. Were was the father during the grown of the children.A son and two daugthers. One 12 and the other 19. A father plays a big role in the childrens life. Here we have a divorce of the parents and thereafter a murder of a young mother by her own son. Who is to be blame???
Test
Geraldine

Marysville, WA

#6 Oct 7, 2007
where iss my response to Mr Horowitz???
Geraldine

Marysville, WA

#7 Oct 7, 2007
i did in length
Geraldine McNamara

Marysville, WA

#8 Oct 7, 2007
My letter of gratitude and concern never appeared. Where would it have gone?
[email protected]
Geraldine

Folsom, CA

#9 Oct 8, 2007
Perhaps post it again?

I am still concerned over this as as I have never heard of what physical evidence thay have showing Andrew Mantas commited this crime. If it does not ever go to trial, the public may never know. The divorce of the Manta's, just three days prior, seems to have been hotly contested and the father was fighting for custody of Andrew (but why?). The afther also claims to have sent nearly 90 emails seeking help for his son just prior to Dimitria's murder. This seems excessive and has been left unexplained. I am not pointing my finger at anyone, but all avenues should be investigated. Perhaps Andrew was set-up and now cannot speak for himself.
Sorry

Folsom, CA

#10 Oct 8, 2007
I am not sure why my last post appeared as if I am Gerladine as I am not
gmathew

Kovvur, India

#11 Aug 19, 2008
Father play’s an important role in taking care of the family. I say, when parents get divorced the curse is upon kids. The parents should take care of the children at certain age.
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Greg Mathew
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Susan

Fayetteville, AR

#12 Oct 7, 2008
The comments re: this case is proof that society does not understand mental illness. Mantas obviously had a documented history of mental illness. It saddens me that the psychiatric hospitals release patients when they are clearly a danger to themselves and others. It is also unfortunate that our legal system does not understand mental illness as well as Mr. Horowitz.
Dear Susan

Fresno, CA

#13 Jul 30, 2009
Mr. Horowitz is no expert in mental illness. And, he does not take on cases out of the kindness of his heart no matter what he would like others to believe. By now you might also know he has, in fact, set-up a website supporting juvenile LWOP. But if you look back at the way he acted when he wife was murdered and the fact that he had a mistress at the time who has now moved into the mansion, you might raise an eyebrow. Horowitz knows that Scott Dyleski did not get a fair trial and he doesn't care, didn't care. What do you think about that?
Dear Susan

Fresno, CA

#14 Jul 30, 2009
BTW, can anyone tell me what the forensic evidence is in this case or how extensive the investigation is/was? I thought not.

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