Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Catching a break in a murder case

ARRESTS HAVE BEEN made in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Quincy. As usual, The Whig has the best coverage. Make sure you read Don O'Brien's blog about the stupidity of the alleged killer, which led to him being caught.

You Can't Make It Up. It's obvious police had a good idea from the start who was behind all this. Sometimes it just takes time and a stupid Facebook post to catch a break.

I dropped Sheryl off at the courthouse this morning because she had some business at the clerk's office. There were TV cameras and people milling around because several of the arrested people had initial court appearances.

I remember those days, when court appearances were more interesting and riveting because of family reaction and threats of violence between the two sides. I learned to look behind me without turning my head and always be ready.

Now we are hearing about how the accused acted in court this morning. I'm not surprised - the family in question, the Criders, are an interesting bunch, and that's putting it politely. I wrote about them during my days at the Whig, and they will be getting a lot more ink in the days and months to come.

The father of the boy who was murdered has urged his friends and family to be calm and to let the authorities handle the investigation. It's smart advice, because now comes the really hard part - the often unfair and agonizing criminal justice system.

I hope the family gets justice. It won't bring anybody back or help make any sense of a terrible thing, but it will help.

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