Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Prosecutors trying to drop murder charges against 11-year-old Independence boy

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A judge will decide if a young boy who killed his father will go free.
  • A judge will decide if a young boy who killed his father will go free.
A judge will decide if a young boy who killed his father will go free.
Sounds like prosecutors are doing the right thing in the case of the 11-year-old boy accused of killing his father, David Paul Champ.

Prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss second-degree murder charges filed against the Independence fifth grader, according to Fox 4. The charges stem from an August 2 incident in which Champ allegedly forced the

boy to shoot him under the threat of cutting off the boy's fingers if he didn't pull the trigger.



Neighbors have told a consistent story that the boy never had a chance. The boy reportedly lived in squalor in a ramshackle home at 1016 South

Woodland Avenue, the site of complaints from the Jackson County Health

Department, which taped a notice on the home's front

door warning of "mold, raw sewage, dangerous wiring and holes in the

floor."


The Star previously referred to

Champ as "a scrap dealer known for rough talk and causing heartache" and

a "pushy" hotheaded "loner" who "didn't know how" to care for his son.

Champ had been to prison three times including five years for "assault

with an intent to kill and auto theft" in the 1970s.

A judge will decide on Friday whether to drop the charges and spare a little boy who apparently had a pretty shitty life.

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