This past Monday a judge ruled that Martinsville West Middle School gunman Michael Phelps will be tried as an adult. Phelps is accused of shooting Chance Jackson in the abdomen within the walls of the school.
The Judge stated his reason behind the ruling was the heinousness of the crime and felt that his upbringing in a home filled with substance abuse was no excuse for his actions.
Bravo to the judge. It’s always nice to see, for me anyway, that not all judges fall for this line of crap. Recently the Kid Kriminal Krowd has circled their wagons and aren’t discussing which kids they support publicly but I imagine they’ll pick up the cross for Phelps.
Now let’s here what his douchey defense attorney has to say…
Defense attorney Steven Litz called the ruling “politically expedient” and said Phelps would emerge from prison far worse than he entered if convicted as an adult.
“The public can be protected from him,” he said. “The experts testified last week indicated that there are secure facilities where Michael can get treatment he needs and would protect the public.”
This isn’t about what Phelps needs. He’s already committed his crime and now he must pay for what he’s done. He doesn’t need treatment, he’s already a broken individual. What he needs is incarceration.
“It’s always easier to do what is politically expedient than what is compassionately just,” Litz said. “It’s always easier to close one’s eyes than open one’s heart, and that’s what you’ve witnessed here.”
I’m sorry, did I miss something? Where was your client’s compassion when he shot Chance Jackson in the stomach twice with the two bullets ripping through seven of Chance’s organs? Oh that’s right. He didn’t have any compassion for him.
This past Tuesday Phelps’ attorney entered a not guilty plea for his client. I can’t wait to see the defense for this one. Will he stick with the ‘bad childhood’ defense or will he try something new? I don’t see him using the bullying defense since word has it that Phelps wanted Chance Jackson to fight but Chance refused.
Phelps’ attorney is also looking for the trial to be moved. Again that’s fine by me. Let there be no reason for this dangerous psycho to get off with.
It’s also being reported that Phelps’ attorney says that his client has been terrified in adult jail. I’m sure not nearly as terrified as Chance Jackson was after Phelps shot him and during his multiple surgeries.
On the good news/bad news front Chance Jackson has finally been released from the hospital but will face lifelong medical problems related to the shooting. Sounds like a life sentence for Phelps would be in order then.
Also a trust fund for Chance has been set up through Citizen’s Bank…
Donations can be made at any branch or mailed to Citizens Bank at PO Box 789, Mooresville, Ind., 46158.