“FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It’s a crime that police officers in a small eastern Arizona community can hardly fathom yet have to deal with: an 8-year-old charged in the fatal shootings of his father and another man.
“Who would think an 8-year-old kid could kill two adults?” said St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick Friday.
The crime that unfolded Wednesday evening sent shock waves through St. Johns, a community of about 4,000 people northeast of Phoenix. The boy had no disciplinary record at school, and there was no indication he had any problems at home, prosecutors said.
“It was such a tragedy,” said the boy’s defense attorney, Benjamin Brewer. “You have two people dead; you have an 8-year-old in jail. It tugs at the heart strings. It’s a shocker, no doubt about it.”
On Friday, a judge determined there was probable cause to show that the boy fatally shot his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, of San Carlos with a .22-caliber rifle. The boy faces two counts of premeditated murder.”
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Do you think something like this would happen if guns weren’t so readily available in this country? I don’t think an 8-year old can “premeditate” murder, but that’s just me. Probably been playing video games where you always come back to life after a 10 count. So stupid…