Defense attorney for Warren Williams, the 14-year-old who murdered his father, because he was “sick of life” has filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the case.
Barry Beroset, William’s attorney, filed the motion on Wednesday, April 21, asking that the murder case against young William’s be dismissed. Beroset cites ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ as the reason for dismissal.
Warren Williams on the evening of March 11 was watching television with his father. He left the area and went into his parent’s bedroom. There Warren took his fathers gun from the dresser, removed the magazine and loaded the gun. He then returned to the area where his father was still watching the Survivor series. Warren pointed the gun at his father. All the while, William Williams had no idea his life was about to end at the hands of his young and only surviving son.
Warren pointed the gun. William Williams may have been thinking Warren was pointing a BB gun or something other than his gun at him. Surely William had no idea Warren was about to shoot and kill him. Warren released the trigger to shoot his dad. The gun did not discharge. Warren once again loaded the gun. William stood up and made a move towards Warren. Warren then shot his dad; killing him.
After shooting his dad, Warren made a few calls to a friend and his mother before calling 911. He then called 911 and stated he had shot his dad accidentally. While speaking to the operator, Warren questioned what would happen to him. The operator responded that she was not sure obviously felt something was wrong. She asked a second time if the shooting was accidental. Warren then admitted he shot his dad intentionally.
When the officers arrived at the home, Warren surrendered to them without incident. After being in jail since March 11, admitting he murdered his father and stating that he just was sick of life, Warrens attorney is now asking for the case to be dismissed because:
Warren is 14 years old
Because Warren is such a young defendant, Beroset stated that a life sentence for someone so young is “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Beroset reasons that such cruel and unusual punishment is ‘Unconstitutional’.
The Williams family has not been without its issues. In 2003, Warren’s older sibling, Sawyer, committed suicide. Warren has been plagued by this for years. His mother stated that recently, the suicide seemed to be on Warrens mind more than ever. She discerned that Warren seemed to blame them, his parents, for his brother committing suicide.
After reading more of the details and now the defense attorney’s motion, it makes you wonder:
Did Warren consider his fathers constitutional rights before pointing the gun and shooting his dad?
Did Warren not think of the consequences to his actions when he pointed the gun?
Warren stated he was “Sick of Life.” Why did he not take his own life instead of his fathers?
If the judge rules in favor of Warren and dismisses the case, what will the impact of such a ruling be on other cases where young children murder anyone?
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