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?