Bartley released; found not guilty of first-degree murder:
Apparently the jury did buy Kenny Bartley’s line of crap at his trial because they found him not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 shooting death of Campbell County High assistant principal Ken Bruce. He was found guilty on the lesser charge of reckless homicide than was released on $7500 bond. I guess $7500 is how much Ken Bruce’s life was worth in the eyes of the court.
He was also found not guilty on charges of attempted first-degree murder for the shootings of Principal Gary Seale and Vice Principal Jim Pierce.
I thought that a new trial would have gotten him more time than his original 46 year plea. Obviously I thought wrong.
Cherish every day that you’re out Kenny for two reasons. The first is that Ken Bruce doesn’t have any of those days left because you were a selfish drug addict. The second reason is you’ll be back soon enough. Your type always is.
Bartley describes what happened on day of school shooting:
Kenny Bartley in 2005
Today Kenny Bartley testified in his own defense in his retrial for the school shooting death of Campbell County High assistant principal Ken Bruce in 2005. Bartley also shot and wounded Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce. Bartley was 14 at the time of the shooting and pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea that got him 45 years in prison. Last year a new trial was ordered.
In Bartley’s defense he claimed something that seemed contradictory to me. Please tell me if you agree or disagree. In his testimony Bartley claims that on the day of the shooting he snorted Valium and Xanax. Then when he was called into the office about possibly having a gun he said he panicked when he fired the gun. So which is it? Was he high on two different meds that are designed to prevent panic or did he panic because he was on Xanax like he claims? Seriously is it just me or should this testimony be considered insulting not only to the jury but to common sense? Yeah, I know. The two don’t always go hand in hand.
Closing arguments are tomorrow.
Society Wrong to Blame Itself in School Shooting:
Whenever there is a school shooting in America the pundits and talking heads are quick to point blame at just about anything. We’ve all seen it before. They blame video games, movies, music, The 2nd Amendment, etc. America is quickly becoming the land people who aren’t responsible for their own actions.
It seems with the shooting at School No. 263 in Moscow, Russia is ironically following in the footsteps of its former cold war enemy. Not necessarily blaming the same things but deflecting responsibility from the shooter nonetheless.
That’s why I posted the link above. It’s to an editorial from the Moscow Times by Yulia Latynina. In it she says who we really should blame for these kinds of shootings.
Amazingly, the authorities call for “ensuring” this and “checking” that. They, and those who hold that the boy was the victim of an oppressive education by his parents and that the gunshot was a “cry of desperation,” both subscribe to one terrible idea — that personal responsibility does not exist.
I urge you to read the entire article.
I find it funny that considering this is the first Russian school shooting and it didn’t take a Russian journalist to state the obvious truth while here in America too many media types will lay blame elsewhere and make martyrs out of cold-blooded killers.
Two dead after gunman takes students hostage in Moscow school:
First-Ever School Shooting Prompts Debate on Security:
Today Russia had its first school shooting ever at School No. 263 in Moscow. Student Sergei Gordeyev, armed with his father’s legally owned rifles is said to have shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer. Gordeyev also took about 20 students hostage before releasing them and finally being arrested by police. So far no motive has been given.
If you’re thinking to yourself this is not Russia’s first school shooting you’re probably thinking of the Beslan hostage crisis in 2004 where 396 people were killed by armed terrorists.
I’m actually shocked that this is Russia’s first school shooting. In Russia citizens are allowed to own guns as long as their registered. In a country that size how have they gone this long without a school shooting? While I’m not an authority on Russian culture one could assume that the students in Russia probably don’t have near the false sense of entitlement of their American counterparts and their parents probably aren’t as oblivious to their children’s actions.
Since Gordeyev is a minor he is only looking at 10 years but then again it is Russia.
More on this as details become available and my schedule allows.
Chism Indicted on Additional Count of Rape in Ritzer Murder:
Previously 14-year-old Philip Chism was charged with the rape and murder of his teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer of Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. At that time the rape charge stemmed from accusations that Chism raped her with a tree branch. Now investigators are saying that Chism also raped her in the ‘traditional’ sense.
Chism has been charged as an adult in the murder but as a youthful offender in the rapes. Why? Is raping a woman once then again with a tree branch any less heinous than slashing her throat and leaving her to die? If you’re going to charge him as an adult, as he should be, try him as an adult for all his charges and not some half-assed blended charges.
UPDATE 1/30/2014: Chism has pleaded not guilty to the latest rape charge.
Teenage boy who shot 2 classmates in Philadelphia school bought gun only moments before from a former student because ‘he was going to be assaulted’:
I hate using the Daily Mail as a source. 99% of the time they’re a fear mongering and pearl twisting tabloid. But in that 1% when they actually decide to practice journalism they’re really good at it.
Anyway Philadelphia police are saying that the gunman at the Delaware Valley Charter High School shooting, 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell, allegedly purchased the gun moments before the shooting took place. Police are also saying that Rochwell bought the gun because he feared he was going to be the victim of an after school assault. Except it was shortly after the gun traded hands when a shot was fired striking two other students. It’s not known if either of the two victims were his intended targets or if the gun went off accidentally.
Rochwell’s attorney is still proclaiming his client’s innocence…
Rochwell ‘is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act,’ said lawyer Amato Sanita, who added that anything that may have happened was not ‘intentional’.
It sounds like they’re going for the accidental discharge defense.
The man accused of selling Rochwell the gun, 18-year-old Donte Walker, has also been arrested. Walker is a former student of the school.
12-year-old Mason Campbell has been charged as a juvenile in the Berrendo Middle School shooting in which he shot two other students with a 20 gauge shotgun. Under New Mexico law the suspect has top be at least 14 before they can be charged as an adult.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand maybe 12-years-old is too young to charge someone as an adult in a shooting where no one died. Then again he did shoot one of his victims, 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez, in the face. Here’s what condition Nathaniel is in after the shooting…
Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday the boy who was shot in the face and neck at a New Mexico middle school is heavily sedated and on a breathing machine, but his doctors are optimistic.
Martinez told reporters the student remained in critical condition at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital and doctors have repaired slight damage to his heart. She also said his face and head are covered in pockmarks from the shotgun pellets, and both of his eyes were injured.
Not exactly a minor scrape.
Still no word on how the shotgun was obtained or who it belonged to. All we know is it’s allegedly ‘from the home’. Even if it turned out to have belonged to the parents and was not properly stored I seriously doubt they’ll face any charges. I can’t think of one instance where any parent was charged for allowing their kids access to the guns in a situation like this. I’d be willing to let more shooters serve juvenile sentences if their parents were charged as accomplices.
Suspect in Philly School Shooting Charged as Adult:
Police say that 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell allegedly shot two students in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School in Philadelphia on Friday. Reports indicate that the shot went through the arm of an 18-year-old female student and struck a 17-year-old male student in the shoulder. The male victim was released from the hospital today.
There is some indication that the shooting might have been accidental however, Rochwell has been charged as an adult and was placed on $500,000 bail. Police originally suspected two other teens but those teens have been questioned and released. Rochwell’s attorney says that his client is innocent of course…
“We can come forward with the judge, explain the extreme circumstances of this case, which the arraignment court judge actually had some note of, that clearly the matter wasn’t malicious,” Sanita said. “The only dispute here is gonna be who did it and how did it happen. It’s our position that it certainly had no connection to the young man that they now have in custody.”
Sanita also added that Rochwell “is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act.”
Sanita also suggested that the shooting was an accident.
“Anything you’re hearing out there, this is nothing that involves anything intentional,” he said. “We can make those comments right now, and that’s it.”
He might have a case since police considered other suspects prior to Rochwell not to mention as far as I know the gun has not been recovered. However with Rochwell being charged as an adult with such high bail I wonder if they know more than they’re letting on. Time will tell.
The gunman from Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School has been identified as 12-year-old Mason Campbell. I’m not exactly sure why his name has been made public since he has not been charged as an adult and I get the feeling he won’t be. Also after it was reported that the boy he shot may have been his target the actual police are saying that’s not the case.
“When the incident occurred, the victims were random,” New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said.
As usual a lot of conclusions were jumped to by the media in the initial reports that came out about the attacks. You think the media would learn their lesson by now but in today’s journalism it’s better to be first than right.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post the weapon used was a 20 gauge shotgun. The gun was in fact taken from the house. It was loaded with three shells that were all used in the attack. Police say there was no other ammunition than that. Reports also say that the stock of the gun was sawed off to make the gun more of a pistol grip type of shotgun. So if the gun belonged to his parents how long was it among the missing while the stock was being sawed off and then taken to school. Do you want to know a really good way to keep guns out of our schools so situations like this don’t happen? Parents who own guns need to keep them locked up, and by locked up I don’t mean leaving the key lying around so anyone can get to the guns. I don’t own a gun, if I did I make damn sure I knew where it was at all times no matter how many of them I owned. I have no problem with people who own guns as long as their responsible with them. Obviously too many parents today are not responsible gun owners.
Lastly a lot of media outlets are making a big deal over the fact that Campbell may have warned some kids before the shooting. They try to make it sound like the onus is on the kids who he told to tell someone in authority. Except he didn’t warn anybody days or even hours in advance. He supposedly warned them right before it happened. I’m sure the kids he did warn probably didn’t have time enough to do anything.
Still no word on any kind of motive.