I haven’t posted about Dustin Wallace in a long time. In 2010 he was arrested for the murder and rape of 5-year-old Sahara Dwight. Disgustingly yes, it was in that order. Along with his father the then 16-year-old Wallace was visiting Sahara’s family in Roseburg, Oregon. Wallace’s father was dating Sahara’s mother. Wallace is said to have punched Sahara in the stomach and put his entire weight on top of her covering her mouth until she stopped moving. Then he raped her.
The reason I first posted about this story is because of Wallace’s age. In Oregon if anyone over the age of 15 is charged with a grave crime like this they’re automatically charged as an adult.
In my last post about Wallace I supposed that the defense would more than like try to raise some kind of mental defect defense even going so far as raising the bogeyman of Autism. I was right.
This past week during Wallace’s trial it was said by the defense that Wallace suffers from Asperger’s This is Trench’s shocked face.
She said the defendant suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which contribute to his lack of impulse control, mood swings, and difficulty relating to others. Although he takes medication for these conditions, Fine said he failed to bring them with him on his visit to Oregon.
To my knowledge Asperger’s has never been successfully used as a murder defense in child or adult and I doubt it will be this time. And again every time that Asperger’s is used as a defense, especially in such a monstrous crime like this, it makes people think that anyone who suffers with Asperger’s legitimately is a killer or child rapist just waiting for an opportunity.
There’s a kid in my extended family who has been medically diagnosed with Asperger’s and he is the nicest, most respectful and talented kid you’d ever want to meet and has not had one incidence of violence. Unfortunately because of self-diagnosed assclowns who are just socially inept and equally ignorant lawyers it’s going to be seen as some kind of killers’ disease if we’re not careful.
And where’s the kid criminal crowd on this one? I have hardly heard a peep out of them in a while. This case is tailor-made for them. The kid is white and claims to be an Aspie. How dare he be charged as an adult.
UPDATE 6/24/2012: Wallace was found guilty on all counts. Sentencing to come at a later date.