Monday, 10 Nov, 2008 Offbeat

Man Talked to Priest Before Being Killed by His 8yo Son


According to a clergyman, a man, who was presumably killed by his 8yo son, earlier paid a visit to a Roman Catholic priest to ask for advice on whether he should train his son to handle guns. Later, after teaching his son to use a rifle the man was shot dead.

Due to the fact that the 29-year-old victim, Vincent Romero, grew up in a family of enthusiastic hunters, he hoped to train his son not to be afraid of weapons. Very Rev. John Paul Sauter of St. Johns Catholic Church said that the child's stepmother supported the idea that the boy should carry a BB gun with himself. The priest did not give any details on what he said to Romero during the visit, but mentioned that the child was "just too young." He said: "That child, I don't think he knows what he did, and it was brutal."

The man taught his boy how to use the rifle with the goal of killing prairie dogs. Police believes that the boy shot from a .22 caliber rifle killing his father and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, reported Sioux City Journal.

Now the child faces two counts of deliberate murder, but police believes that the boy might have been abused. St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick considers that there must be a reason why the boy committed the crime. He said that a boy of his age is less likely to kill two people for no reason.

Very Rev. John Paul Sauter was the one to preside over the wedding of Romero, who had full custody of the boy, and the child's stepmother.

The judge stated that the boy should undergo a psychological analysis. It is worth mentioning that the Arizona law says that anyone aged eight or older can be put behind bars. According to Apache County Attorney Brad Carlyon, the child was never involved in any kind of unlawful situation.

The boy could face 10 years in juvenile detention if found guilty, but Melnik said that they were also analyzing the human side of the accident, meaning they are going to investigate possible abuse. He added that police managed to get confession from the boy. However, the boy's lawyer, Benjamin Brewer, said that police went too far with the child's questioning, not presenting his rights and interrogating him without representation from a parent.

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