In New Bedford, Massachusetts, three teenage boys had a disagreement with a local family. After the family noticed several hundred dollars of rent money had disappeared while the boys were visiting their daughter, they banned them from their home and bad-mouthed them to the neighbors.
So, naturally, the boys did what comes naturally in such circumstances. They got a gun and shot the father.
But they were smart. One of them was 18, so he supplied the gun and stayed outside, as lookout. A second was also 18, so he just tagged along with his brother, who was 17. It was the 17-year-old who put the gun to the 61-year-old man’s head and pulled the trigger. And when his wife heard her husband being murdered, he asked her if she wanted to die, too.
She passed on his kind offer, and the three left.
Massachusetts has no death penalty, so they aren’t covered by the recent Supreme Court’s idiotic ruling outlawing capital punishment for crimes committed before one turns 18. But I have to wonder if they heard that “minors can’t be executed” and decided the youngest of the trio would be the designated hitter.