A teenage boy has been charged with killing his own mother. The boy was fourteen at the time when the fatal, dreadful shooting incident occurred. The boy is now facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting of Lisa Trimmell on June 20, 2018.
Now, the complaint against the boy has been amended, and he is accused of “unlawfully and intentionally” killing his mother. When the case was first introduced, the boy was charged with voluntary manslaughter. At that point, it was inferred that such circumstances were at play that he had to do what he did. That was an unreasonable but honest belief that the deadly and incomprehensible force could be justified.
While the murder charge sounds more severe, in juvenile court it carries the same penalty as a voluntary manslaughter conviction: incarceration up to 22 1/2 years of age. It was remarkably vague as to why the prosecutors would modify the charges now. The boy’s defense attorney also did not comment on it.
The night of this huge debacle, Lisa was on a Legal visitation to her two boys and then she took them home after the older child’s baseball game. After he allegedly shot her, he called 911. She got severely hurt. The bullet hit her neck.
Tuesday hearing for the boy was supposed to be the one where the defendant is told about the charges that he/she/they are facing. But in this case, the boy’s defense attorneys have thought of presenting the court with the charge under a state law that allows people to use force to defend themselves or others. The judge has shifted the next date of the hearing to late January.