Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media Spotlight

December 15, 2008 -

The sorry tale of a 16-year-old who shot his parents and then tried to frame his dad for the crime is currently playing out in an Ohio court room.

Rather undeservedly, Halo 3 seems to be playing a central role in the case. Ironically, the youthful accused killer never got  a chance to actually play the game.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, testimony at the trial of Daniel Petric indicates that the boy shot his parents and tried to make it look like a murder-suicide after he was blocked from playing Halo 3 by his father. The elder Petric had confiscated the game from his son as the teen brought it into the house. Mr. Petric then locked it in a box - right next to his 9mm pistol. His son somehow got into the box and recoved the game - and the gun.

From the newspaper's coverage of testimony:

Mark Petric... testified that before the shooting... [Daniel] came into the room with a question:

"Would you guys close your eyes... I have a surprise for you."

Mark Petric said he expected a pleasant surprise. The next thing he knew... He had been shot in the head...

He said the next thing he remembers is his son shoving the gun in his hand and saying, "Hey Dad, here's your gun. Take it."

In his defense Daniel's lawyers argued that the boy was under an emotional strain at the time of the shootings because an illness had kept him housebound for a year. During that time, his lawyers argued, he had little to do but watch TV and play video games.

Could there be additional video game testimony coming up?


Comments

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

MA,

Prior to his descent into his gaming addiction abyss this kid was a model student and had a very close relationship with parents, friends and church community. I've read several background articles dating back 14 months indicating he attended his church's youth group faithfully, went to the gun range with his dad on weekends, did well in school, and was popular and athletic.

This doesn't jive with the picture you're painting.

Brad

www.exgamer.net

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

JC they have the right to but the RESPONSIBILIY not too. Forcing religion on a child as far as im concerned is a form of child abuse. The only thing is that it is EMOTIONAL abuse which is often overlooked because it is not punished legally like physical and sexual abuse is. And don't give me this bullshit about how teens rebel for "stupid reasons". Teens rebel because they are growing up and trying to be more independent and want to find thier own identities. Crap like this has led to suicides, runaways, and yes even homicide like this. What happened was tragic but the father should take some of the blame for A putting the game in the same safe as a loaded gun that his son had access to and B Forcing his religious Dogma on his kid who clearly didn't want any part of it. Kids once they reach thier teenage years should not be forced to accept any moral or religious dogma, they should be punished when they step out of line and get into trouble but not forced to accept this man's view of morality when his son is trying to find his own identity and grow up.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

The defence is saying video game addiction. There it's out there, I said it. You can start throwing your shoes now.

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Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Okay, I guess I can understand the stress that a kid might be subject to after having a favourite game locked up, and I guess some kids might build up enough rage to kill a parent (or parents) if the game that was banned was a truly great game.  But to attempt murder over 'Halo 3'?  This kid has got to be completely insane.

The really ironic thing is, after this kid gets out of prison, he's probably going to play Halo 3 and find out what a crappy game it is that prompted him to attempt murder.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

This guy kills both his parents and when framing good old doesn't work, tries to excuse his actions with a video game? I really hope a jury never buys this crap.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Read the article again. His Dad lived.

-Gray17

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

 His dad was a pastor. I wonder what Jesus would say about him owning a handgun? Perhaps this is a bit of poetic justice arranged by the allmighty didn't anyone think of that?

 

Scenario sounds very old testament to me, what with the woman getting the shit end of it even though she had little to do with anything.

 

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I doubt jesus would give a flying fuck about him owning a hand gun.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

So what about kids who killed thier parents without guns BEFORE video games were around?

Lizzie Borden... anyone heard of her? Or is axe murder not as "Media Savy"?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I've heard of her. I learned the jumprope ryhme from my mother.

"Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one."

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

That seals it! Nursery rhymes are the cause of devious thoughts in young people!

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I felt like throwing up when I read about the surprise part...

I hope this kid gets lots of pleasent surprises in prison...

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Based on what I've seen, this kid was sheltered badly and raised in a very religious household with draconian Christian values. This is precisely why parents should NOT force their religious beliefs on thier children. They should teach thier children thier values but it should be up to them to make thier own decisions once they reach high school. This kid was 16 not 6 and while their is no excuse for what he did, but tragedies like this could be prevented if parents didn't force thier religious beliefs on thier teenage children. Teenagers do not respond well to this, they rebel and in rare cases tragedies like this happen.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Parents have their right to force religious beliefs upon their children until they hit 18. They are responsible for him, and they didn't approve of Halo3 at his age. The parents did everything right in their mind, they are the parents, the unfortunate side was that the son broke into the locked cabinet with the gun (where his Halo3 resided) and grabbed the gun and shot his parents as a "surprise."

I'm more amazed the father can forgive his own son, but that isn't something I can agree with, he needs to be punished for killing his mother.

The incidents were draconian religious beliefs screw up people is when they are adults that are still controlled by their parents past their teen age. So what if teens rebel? Teens rebel for any stupid reason to look "cool".

I still feel for the father though, to question where he went wrong with his parenting, and to even forgive his son for what he did... that just eats at you.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Actually, I think the opposite, that parents shouldn't have the right to force their kids into their religion; they can teach their kids about their religion, I think, but not force them into it. *shrugs* Though that's just my opinion and how I'd raise my kid if I ever have one.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

 It should be considered a hate crime to refer to people who play games as criminals; I see it no different than someone assuming that a African person who grew up impoverished is automatically a thug.

 I wonder if we can sue for libel.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

According to Kotaku, this happened just before the Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox playoff game, so you could blame this more on baseball.

All in all, it's another pathetic attempt to get a murderer off the hook. The "video game defense" has failed everytime.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

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Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I dont believe in carrying a gun but I'm neither Republican(Tory where you Live, brad) nor Democrat(Labour) and I know both the British and US Constution's Very well, but I'm afriad of the milita clause that it says in the US constution(This article is, More or less going to lead to more Gun control)

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

We don't have a single written Constitution. Just a few fragmented legal documents - the Magna Carta for example.

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I was waiting for one of you Brits to catch on to that, thank God.  It seems silly when I have to say they don't have a constitution over in Jolly old England.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

A constitution is no guarantee of democracy, as events throughout history have surely made clear.  Constitutions are never adhered to in times of national or international crisis.  The true basis of democracy lies only in a government's deep commitment to it.  If you don't have that, it doesn't matter how many pieces of paper or how many flowery words you have.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

That why we have guns.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

This is first and foremost a family tragedy. Why did this kid snap? I don't see an insanity plea in either article I've read here, so I'll be interested to read the verdict and sentencing recommendations.

From the Plain Dealer:

"Daniel Petric's lawyers also gave a short opening statement to the judge. They said their client had been under great stress because of a snowboarding accident that resulted in a severe staph infection.

He was homebound for a year with nothing to do but watch television and play video games."

Why would a minister need a hand-gun? The articles from the Cleveland Plain Dealer indicate dad and son used to enjoy busting a few caps together at the gun club on weekends. Constitutional right to bear arms, blah, blah, blah. (I'm one of those Canadian socialist types who doesn't get the need for handguns in private homes, but to each his own in the United States. Not my country, not my problem).

-Brad

www.exgamer.net

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

'Busting a few caps together' is an inane comment.  Only jackasses in ghettos refer to a trip to the shooting range as 'busting caps'.  Of course, I appreciate that your take on the topic is something you have no knowledge of, being Canadian and all, but I'm annoyed you feel that you can categorize people who go to shooting ranges so broadly and ignorantly.  Don't worry though, most of what I've seen you say on here thus far has been amazingly ignorant anyway, so you're really just living up to the old standards.

Why own a handgun?  Why not?  It's been shown time and time again that A)People who legally own guns have far lower crime rate B) that goes even moreso for those who have CCW's and C)areas where CCW permits are issued have lower crime rates than areas where they aren't.  So why shouldn't a citizen be able to own a handgun?  Aside from that, taking a child to the range to fire a handgun is a great why to instill discipline, safety, and proper care for equipment in a child. 

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

You obviously don't share my sense of humour.

As I said on the gun issue, not my country, not my problem. This is your public policy issue. I just can't help thinking that the outcome would have been different if there had not been a gun in that house.

I lived in the U.S. (Philadelphia, inner city & suburbs) for five years and have nothing but good things to say about my experiences there. But political culture in our respective nations is radically different, as are attitudes and values where weapons are concerned.

My grandfather fought his way up Vimy Ridge in 1917; I believe in a well-equipped military and municipal, provincial and federal police forces.

I think I held a handgun and rifle for the first time about 16 months ago at a military expo in Fredericton, New Brunswick. No desire to load and fire one. Ever.

Brad

www.exgamer.net

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

You obviously don't share my sense of humour.

You are unfunny... that´s why...

 

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Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

No problem with shooting ranges, in fact I would love to practice at one.  Of course I have to raise the obvious question - Why don't you leave the guns locked up and secured at the shooting range instead of home in a cabinet?

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Not everyone has the convenience of a shooting range available to them. I live in a college town that is surrounded by small farming towns for an hour in every direction. The only shooting range is a private one run by some butthurt good ol'boys, who won't let any young college “kids” join because some of my buddies thoroughly kicked their asses at the public sporting clays place.

 

The only place I can safely shoot is on a friend's farm where we built 3, 15 ft berms in a box shape.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

There are gun cabinets you know.  But to be fair to this man, his pistol was in a locked box; it just happens to be the locked box that he kept his son's 'contraband' video game in as well.

Seriously, in my home office I keep a gun cabinet with every rifle (bolt-action, anyway) from WWII, plus a very fine CMP M1 Garand.  It's locked, but it could be broken into (if you wanted to really fuck up your hand, it has the criss-cross chicken wire in the glass).  Some firearms are made for display; look at Auto-Ordnance's new Presentation Grade 1911, it comes with a slide for presentation and display and a slide for actual use, and it's made to look fancy and beautiful.

I urge parents when they have children in the home to either A) teach them firearm safety from an early age or B) keep firearms they don't use dissassembled.  Or do what I've done; get a gun cage in your basement.  If you're going to keep a pistol or shotgun or an AR for home defence, keep it well hidden and make sure your children know not to touch it when you're not around without your permission, but keep the rest locked up and/or disassembled.  That also helps crack down on thugs being able to get their hands on good pistols, mainly because your average street thug knows less about firearms than he does about working.

As for shooting ranges, they tend to be very safe places.  I've never seen anyone hurt at the one I go to, and I go at least once a week with two boxes of Magtech .45ACP's.  Target shooting is a lot of fun, and far safer than any other sport.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

A Minister needs a hand-gun for the same reason most law abiding people own one, self defense and defense of home. For protection of hearth and home whether that protection be from criminals or the government itself.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Am I the only person who thinks shotguns are the goto guns for home defense?

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Depends on the home.  Honestly, if you have a small home, get a 12 gauge.  Nothing scares criminals like the pump-action shotgun and the noise it generates.

But to each his own.  I know people who use silenced 1911s for home defense, I personally use an M14 (I have three floors, and all my family is on the top floor, plus the stairs are right by the master bedroom, which means I can control the only route up the stairs), and I've heard of even stranger things.  It all depends on what you're going for; deterrence, lethality, etc.

There's no one good answer, in other words.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

i can shed some light as to the right to bear arms.

The founding fathers of this country (the USA) when they wrote the bill of rights had just finished a bloody war where they revolted against what they viewed as an unjust government.  They reconized the fact that a time in the future may come where that would be necessary yet again, and if the people were to want to revolt against their newly formed government the right to own and bear guns would be necessary

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I think you should reread the ammendment:

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

This is for the defense of the country, not to overthrow the government, you know, in the days before a standing army.

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I was gonna tear into you for getting the constitution wrong Ryno, but pleanty of people beat me too it. =P

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I think a lot of times people confuse government with country and often think they are the same.  The truth is sometimes to save your country you must overthrow the government.

This idea that government can't be the enemy is absolutely disturbing to me.  You do know there once was a time when people had government on the top of their list of enemies.  That day needs to come once more so government can be kept in line.  Tyranny never lives for long...

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

'the right of the people to keep and bear arms' IS  ABSOLUTELY about the ability to overthrow the government in the event of a slide into fascism.  I suggest that everyone who thinks otherwise go watch Penn & Teller's episode about it on their series Bullshit, mainly because you appear to be amazingly uninformed.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Depends how you interpret "the security of a free state." Preserving that security could involve revolting against the federal government. The people aren't currently a militia, but they could form one rather quickly if necessary.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

If there's any glorified knee-jerk reaction the idiot media should be highlighting, it's "BUY YOUR KIDS HALO 3, OR THEY'LL SHOOT YOU IN THE FACE!"

*edit* why would a minister need a hand-gun?

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

What does him being a minister have to do with him owning a gun?

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Because the Bible teaches us to love our enemies and, when slapped on the cheek to offer up the other cheek.  It also teaches us that he who lives with the sword (or gun) shall die with the sword (or gun) - a passage that a minister should not only know, but by which he should live his life.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Shortly before his crucifixion Jesus told his disciples if that if a man among them did not have a sword(knife) then he should sell something to purchase it. He told them this knowing that they would be traveling through an area rife with robbers and brigands.

You also don't seem to understand the why of love your enemies or the real meaning of turn the other cheek.

We all, every last one of us lives by the sword/gun/tank/bomb/plane/nuke. It was a statement of fact.


Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Thank you. I mean... service to god, and handgun usage just strikes me as being a pair of conflicting notions... like a vegan with a drumstick.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

"In his defense Daniel's lawyers argued that the boy was under an emotional strain at the time of the shootings because an illness had kept him housebound for a year. During that time, his lawyers argued, he had little to do but watch TV and play video games."

Don't they call this the Twinkie Defense?

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

That's pretty much exactly what they call it.

I can't really fathom how a family can be so dysfunctional as to result in a son deciding his best course of action is to kill his parents in cold blood and frame it as a murder suicide. It's so shameful. I don't know how the parents raised the boy, but I can only feel sorry for them. your own child trying to kill you... That's horrible.


Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Well, the thing is, there doesn't even need to be any dysfunctionality on part of the family, just the kid. Not saying I know exactly what happened, just, some mental and social issues aren't derived so much from poor family, but rather from other factors.

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

He never played the game, so why is the game still getting blamed?

Epic fail.

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Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Obviously because teens don't need to play violent video games to become violent; they can absorb the violence via osmosis as long as the game is in the same room. Numerous studies have shown this; where have you been?

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

Because not blaming it wouldn't get as much media attention?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Trial of Teen Who Shot Parents Thrusts Halo 3 into Media

I AM FILLED WITH SHOCK THAT THIS PERSON WOULD SCAPEGOAT!!!

Enjoy jail you piece of shiat.

 
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