Yesterday Tobin Kerns admitted through his attorney, William McElligott, that he wrote out the list that contained the items one would possibly need to carry out a school assault…
The list was the final – and potentially most crucial – piece of evidence in a case prosecutors built largely upon teenage witnesses recollecting conversations they had two and sometimes three years ago with the defendant.
Police retrieved the list from Kerns’ home on Main Street in Marshfield after his arrest in September 2004. They found it in a bedroom that had been occupied by Joseph Nee, 20, Kerns’ former friend and the alleged mastermind of the plot. Nee lived temporarily with the Kerns the previous spring.
The list found in the Kerns home includes automatic guns, gas masks, a computer-hacking system, acid, bullet-proof vests, propane tanks, galvanized steel and an assortment of ammunition.
First of all, where would two teens be able to get all those items without raising suspicion? Secondly, if that’s only thing Tobin did I would be shocked if he even sniffed the inside of a cell. Thirdly Tobin was arrested on the word of someone who was also arrested on the exact same charges, Joe Nee…
Throughout the trial, McElligott has focused on Nee, portraying him as a manipulative, vengeful young man who tried to blame Kerns for the plot out of fear that Kerns no longer wanted to carry it out and was about to tell police.
As far as I’m concerned the charges against Tobin Kerns should have been dropped once Joe Nee was arrested.