It Only Counts If You Don't Abort It...
In light of Scott Peterson's recent double
murder conviction (for killing his wife and
their unborn fetus), I found the following story eerie in its logic. From the AP
INDIO, Calif. - A teenager was convicted of attempted murder for shooting his pregnant girlfriend at the clinic where she went to get an abortion.
Jeffrey Cameron Fitzhenry, 17, was convicted Wednesday. The shooting April 29 left the 16-year-old girl a quadriplegic, and the fetus was declared dead three days afterward.
The victim, identified only as Sara S., testified Fitzhenry repeatedly threatened her, saying that she was "depriving him of his unborn child." When she entered the clinic, Fitzhenry followed her, argued with her, and shot her in the neck, she said.
Defense attorney Robert Dunn argued that only a lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter should be considered. He said Fitzhenry shot the girl after a "continuous escalation" of anger and he did not plan to kill her.
The jury also found Fitzhenry guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and enhancements that make him subject to a sentence of life in prison. A sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 6.
Prosecutors did not seek a separate murder charge for the fetus because of the girl's decision to have an abortion, according to Robert Blythe, an attorney handling the girl's lawsuit against Fitzhenry.
Ok, let me see if I follow. Since the mother was going to murder
the fetus anyways, it doesn't count when the father tries to murder her and succeeds in murdering the fetus. Does that mean that if you're going to kill someone, and I kill him before you do, that I'm not guilty of murder because you
were going to do it anyways?
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:37 AM