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November 21st, 2008
11:29 AM ET

Holiday for 8-year old suspect

An 8-year-old boy charged as a juvenile in the killings of his father and a family friend following a controversial videotaped police interrogation will be able to spend Thanksgiving at home with his mother under a court-approved furlough. The young boy has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him. Police say he confessed to shooting the two men. Legal experts have criticized the methods used in the police interrogation. The boy did not have a parent or lawyer with him when he was questioned.

Mike Watkiss from Phoenix TV station KTVK reports on the reaction of townsfolk in St. Johns, Arizona.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Mike Watkiss
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  1. large marge

    My son, who is 7, could never understand the ACTUAL implications of pulling the trigger on a gun and ACTUAL death. With all of the violence our children are exposed to, the concept of a boy thinking pointing a gun and pulling the trigger was an acceptable choice is not at all surprising. How did he get his hands on a gun in the 1st place? The idiots masquerading as qualified law enforcement and breaking a rule 9 out of 10 regular citizens could recite to you easily is simply unacceptable. We have no t.v. (only supervised computer access. Our son views pbs, scientific american, etc. No video games, no t.v. at other peoples homes either. Children are born perfect...keep it that way.

    November 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  2. teresa

    that judge and town should be ashamed of themselves. whatever has happened or happening that little boy should of never been in the detention center or held there for questioning. he should be with his mom and or other family members. he has already been traumicized, and to keep him there just makes it worse for him. i'm glad he gets to go home for turkey day and hopefully gets to go home for good real soon. i do pray for that little boy and hope he gets saved from all of this. that town has been so cruel along with the media.

    November 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  3. Susie

    All these people who continue to believe that 8 year olds are not capable of being to commit a crime like this is just naive in this day and age. With a lot of our children having parents that use drugs, subject them to pornography, violence on TV and interent video games that are so violent you wonder why our government has not banned them these children are plenty capable of learning and implementing to kill someone. Children with no structure, parents that could care less leaves these children to fend on their own. Our society has stopped holding people (parents) accountable for their actions from blaming everyone but themselves as parents for their irresponsible and criminal acts of their children. IT is the very reason today that children commit these horrible crimes and then get a away with it.

    THis law we have to continually protect children and not hold them accountable for their actions is very sad. Whats more sad is our society allows these parents to blame anyone and everyone but themselves for how they have taught or lack thereof their children. Like Oh Joey here he misbaved in class today and beat someone up...well it must be the teachers fault for not being a better teacher...and viola you have just taught that child how to divert bad behavior to someone else besides him/herself.

    Having raised 4 boys of my own...I am well aware that by the time they are 8 yrs old they are plenty capable of not always being honest and they can sometimes act in a violent manner. It is up to the parent to recognize and get help for the child. I cannot help but wonder where was his Mother and what kind of parenting he had to want to commit this type of crime. Protecting them to the degree that he would get away with this crime, if committed is sending a clear message to our youth that they can kill people with no consequences and if he did it he deserves the consequences.

    November 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  4. Rachelle Nobriga

    Would someone please help this 8-year old boy?
    There seems to be more to this story. He does sound and appear to be an innocent scared child.
    He indicated he was telling the truth when he said he came home and found his dad and friend dead.
    After being lied to by the police officers, he confesses to the crime?
    Those police officers who questioned the boy should be investigated.
    A new team should be brought in and gather more evidence in this crime.
    Seems the real murderer is on the loose and now has had plenty of time to get away.
    This is very “dejavu”.
    Oprah had a show on this very same topic a few weeks ago.
    An innocent boy, who is now a young man, was convinced by police to confess to the crime. He is now out of prison. I wish CNN would dig deeper into this story and have this young man on their program.
    I wish CNN or someone would HELP this 8-year old boy

    November 22, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Diana

    I find it unbeliveable that this 8 year old would be kept away from his mother or guardian, while the case is pending. I think the police need to be investigating this case further instead of thinking they solved the crime. I feel so bad for this little 8 year old boy. Where is the stepmother in all of this?

    November 21, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    Considering how the "confession" was solicited from the boy why has the lawyer not tried to get him released to the custody of his mother? Even at 8 you should be innocent until proved guilty and I don't consider what the police had in that coerced confession any proof of guilt.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    November 21, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  7. Joanne, Syracuse, NY

    If ever meticulous protocol is called for, it is in the questioning of a child involved in a criminal case. How do these procedures fall through the cracks? Really, how?

    November 21, 2008 at 11:51 am |
  8. Cindy

    I think that the little boy needs to be let out all together until the police have more evidence than just a coerced confession of a little boy who has no clue of his rights. His lawyer should be really pressing the issue on this hard! He should have already filed papers to get this confession thrown out since the boy had no guardian or lawyer with him at the time of interrogation.

    Cindy..Ga.

    November 21, 2008 at 11:42 am |