BREAKING: Judge Rejects Video Game Murder Defense for Halo 3 Teen

Despite his lawyer’s claim that a supposed addiction to Halo 3 turned Daniel Petric into a killer, an Ohio judge has found the 17-year-old guilty in the 2007 slaying of his mother and wounding of his father.

As GamePolitics reported during Petric’s December trial, the young man ambushed his parents after they confiscated his copy of Halo 3. After shooting both, the troubled boy tried to frame his father by placing the gun in his hand.

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said that video game addiction was not a defense. The judge also noted that there was evidence of premeditation on Petric’s part.

Petric could be sentenced to life without parole.

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  1. 0
    Krono says:

    The English language is one that rapes and pillages vocabulary and grammar at it’s whim. It then proceeds to perform cruel, inhumane experiments upon it’s ill-gotten gains before butchering them for consumption.

    The words face and palm being stitched together and beaten until they perform as a verb is merely it’s latest experiment.

    -Gray17

  2. 0
    Bill says:

    Yeah Shadow D. Darkman you are just a Yes-man.You have the opinion others give you, as you have yet to present a single unique, thought-provoking idea. All you do is come in behind everyone else, find something that everyone else is agreeing with and jump on the bandwagon. You’re the worst kind of useless. So take that unique and original post that no one before me has said.

     

  3. 0
    sortableturnip says:

    With the exception of Native Americans and Mexicans, the United States was founded by imigrants.  Hence, there are stupid people around the world.

  4. 0
    Derovius says:

     Thats enough out of you, you Yes-man. You have the opinion others give you, as you have yet to present a single unique, thought-provoking idea. All you do is come in behind everyone else, find something that everyone else is agreeing with and jump on the bandwagon. You’re the worst kind of useless.

  5. 0
    Michael Chandra says:

    Actually, it’s quite obvious why he had the game and not a bag. Game and gun were in the same place, and his sister stumbled upon the scene later on, after which he ran. No time to grab a bag then, but the game he already had with him would of course still be with him. So that fact hardly matters.

  6. 0
    Michael Chandra says:

    "I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever," Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said.

    … Nope, Judge still is a moron. No way a 17-year old will not know that his parents will be dead forever. I mean, religious upbringing? You KNOW they ‘go to heaven’. (And you don’t ’cause you killed one!)
    And the dad forgave his son. >_>

  7. 0
    Derovius says:

     People get away with murder by claiming they were sleep walking through all of it. Why would video games be that more of a stretch. Take your own advice: "whore yourself".

     That is all.

  8. 0
    Austin_Lewis says:

    Do you just randomly attach yourself to things and whore yourself for attention, or is there some sort of cycle?  

    How does gaming ‘addiction’ factor in here?  This seems much more like a child suffering from Cabin Fever.  He was bored, he became hostile and aggressive with the only people he saw on a regular basis.  You want to blame it on gaming addiction because you, a man with no self-control, need that validation.  In other words, learn some self-restraint and shut the hell up, you’re only helping to create conditions that will lead to this assinine defense being taken seriously. 

  9. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Not all of us are. See my reply above. Most of us *facepalm* at the fucked up shit these people are doing. We do it because we are capable of perceiving just how stupid they are, but are unable to put it in words.

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    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  10. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    True the majority of the government (not just the US government but state governments as well) is fucking retarded, but that does not mean the majority of the population is equally retarded. IMO, corruption is sapping their smartness out of them and replacing it with lust for wealth.

    Again…

    FUCKING.

    RETARDED.

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    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  11. 0
    Derovius says:

     You Americans are as secular as Islam, you only like to think yourselves are different. All it takes is a Mormon running over an Evangelical baby for you to start suiciding bombing shit.

  12. 0
    Kincyr says:

    Do I think this kid is game addict? Absolutely. Is he a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

    by your flawed logic, the following line is true:
    were you a game addict? Absolutely. were you a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  13. 0
    exgamerdotnet says:

    Daniel’s attorney presented the "video game addiction" defense then failed to present a single witness or expert to bolster his case. Of course the judge convicted Daniel, as well he should. This was clearly an act of pre-meditated murder.

    On behalf of recovering gaming addicts everywhere, I say send this young man away for a very, very long time.

    What did Daniel think he was going to do? Kill both of his parents, set it up to look like a murder- suicide, attend a funeral as the teary-eyed orphan then start gaming again like a maniac? There’s something missing in his logic.

    Do I think this kid is game addict? Absolutely. Is he a cold blooded killer? Absolutely.

    He killed his mother and fled the scene on foot. Did he pack a bag? No, but he grabbed his beloved copy of Halo. His lawyer had opportunities introduce an insanity plea and present a cogent defense but failed on both counts, perhaps because neither would have helped Daniel very much. This boy made a conscious decision to put his game play ahead of the lives of his parents.

    -Brad

    http://www.exgamer.net

  14. 0
    Adamas Draconis says:

    Because the politicians owe too many favors to too many people. Most of them either Big Buisness or the "We’re Christians and we’re being persecuted!" gallery.

    (I know that not all Christians are like this so no flameing please, but as long as one of the questions that get asked when someone is up for election is "What church does he go to? Does he believe like we do?" etc… We’re gonna have people being like that.)

     Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  15. 0
    Snipzor says:

     Yes I have and I would like to say, this thread has nothing to do with Proposition 8, regardless of my personnal investments if it comes into law.

    Two, I love John C Reilly.

  16. 0
    Derovius says:

     Why is it that the US court system doesn’t see these bills as complete violations of the rights of citizens? These miraculous truths only seem to appear in appeals court. Something is fundamentally wrong here…

       I’m out of syrup for my waffles…

  17. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    It’s all over except for the temper tantrums.

    Now, what about the police officer’s kid who shot the sheriff’s deputy that wanted to get off scott free or have a lesser sentence because he played a violent video game?

    Nightwng2000

    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

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    BearDogg-X says:

    The Judge destroyed any credibilty that a "video game defense" might have had just by saying that it wasn’t a defense.

    It’s heartening to know that there’s still intelligence in America.

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


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

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    TehChef says:

    Ah, I’m glad to see that there’s still a wee bit of sense left in this fucked up world. I often wonder about people who think that this defense is viable. I mean, at what point is there any sort of personal responsibility? Where would it even begin?

  20. 0
    Doomsong says:

    Judge James Burge, I thank you for restoring some of my faith in the United States legal system.

     

     

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

  21. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    This is a Broken News Report by Faux News Agency.

    Summary:

    Defense team fails to reduce responsibility by blaming violent video games for client’s murder of Parents.

    Says it’s the fault of disbarred attorney who promised to set up website to educate defense attornies on how to get their clients freed or reduce their sentences by "properly" and "successfully" blaming violent video games.

    Defense team says they feel more aggresive.

    Blames disbarred attorney.

    Defense team sues disbarred attorney for causing their increased aggression.

    Defense team says "trust us, or else".

    More when we decide to tell you something we think is important.

    Nightwng2000

    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  22. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Wouldn’t it be Coral Gables or something like that? 

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    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  23. 0
    Geoff says:

    Haha, foolish lawyer.  You have to cite GTA to be taken seriously, not Halo.

    Somewhere in Miami, a certain lawyer is crying himself to sleep.

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  24. 0
    hayabusa75 says:

    I wouldn’t say we’ve been super lucky.  That implies that our opponents truly had a chance in the first place.

    "There is no sin except stupidity." – Oscar Wilde

  25. 0
    insanejedi says:

    I think we’ve been super lucky with court rulings. Not one account I remember that a video game bill or defense has ever passed with the judge. I worry though, it’s only a matter of time till someone slips up.

  26. 0
    Zero Beat says:

    "Bratricide – 0G – Kill one of your parents, wound the other one and make it look like the wounded one did it. Like a little shit."

     

    "That’s not ironic. That’s justice."

  27. 0
    BrandonL337 says:

    Bullet time out

    Help! My parents are aliens!

    Porn for Jack Thompson

    0m6 l\leddl_er @l\/l 7eh sucl<

    There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can’t do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

  28. 0
    Austin_Lewis says:

    Achievement unlocked: "Lizzy Borden had more guts"

    "I never want to talk to you again"

    I dunno, I’m out of ones that I don’t feel bad saying aloud.

  29. 0
    DarkSaber says:

    Then we must petition to have one put in immediately!

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  30. 0
    Geoff says:

    "Twice Removed" Achievement Unlocked

    Ah, George Carlin would be proud.

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  31. 0
    Doomsong says:

    What about:

    "Unrelated"

    "Family De-Union"

    or "Emancipation Through Decimation"

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

  32. 0
    Geoff says:

    Shame on you, turnip.  You can do better than that.

    "’Till Death Do Us Part"

    "Grounded 6 Feet Under"

    "Parental Time-out"

    Those are the ones I can come up with on top of my head.  Of course he failed to kill his dad, so no Achievement points for him.

     

    Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

  33. 0
    GTCv Deimos says:

    I don’t think there ever was a beginning to the "vidja games made me do it" defense… I’ve never heard of a single case where it wasn’t laughed at, and tossed out on it’s butt.

  34. 0
    PanicButton42 says:

    There will probably never be an end to this sort of a defense being tried, but it will serve as another case to add to the mountain of precedent to prevent such a defense from ever succeeding.

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    magic_taco says:

    Lot’s of media coverage, And tougher legislation thanks to the BS of a kid who looks like he hasnt seen the sun and years, and possibly could be the "evil" twin borther of jimmy hopkins.

  36. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    I wonder… Is it possible he just went nuts and imagined doing stuff in the game, thus killing his mom and wounding his dad?

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    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    Good on the judge. Somehow I think a game where you, in a fantasy universe, play a soldier in a power suit who is trying to save humanity, by fighting aliens…doesn’t quite make you into a homocidal killer. I mean this guy was sick to begin with. Obviously it was very much premeditated, to the extent of trying to place the gun in his fathers hands. Hope this psycho gets his due for the sentence…

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