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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The 8 Year Old Boy who played violent video game & killed 90-year-old woman — will NOT be charged

Boy, 8, played violent video game, killed 90-year-old woman — but will NOT be charged: cops 

The child had just finished playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" before he fatally shot Marie Smothers, 90, inside a Louisiana mobile home, police said. But state law prevents children under 10 from being charged with a crime.

Police believe an 8-year-old boy intentionally killed his 90-year-

old caregiver when he shot her in the back of the head while she 

watched television inside the mobile home.

An 8-year-old boy intentionally killed a 90-year-old woman when 

he shot her in the head inside a Louisiana mobile home after 

playing a violent video game, police said.

But the child won’t be charged with a crime.

The boy fatally shot his elderly caregiver, Marie Smothers, after 

playing “Grand Theft Auto IV” — a video game critics often 


blame 


for promoting violence — inside the mobile home at a Slaughter, 

La., trailer park Thursday evening, police said.



The violent video game is considered inappropriate for children 17 and under.

Smothers was sitting in a chair and watching television when the 

unidentified boy fired one round into the back of her head, the East 

Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The boy was taken into custody at the scene, but later released to 

his parents, because Louisiana state law prevents children under 10 

from being charged with a crime.

“You have a child that does not know the impact or the 

consequences of the act that he has committed,” Sclynski Legier, 

an attorney, told WAFB-TV. “He truly doesn’t understand that.”



Cops said the 8-year-old boy had just finished playing “Grand Theft Auto IV” - a video game critics blame for encouraging violence - before he fatally shot a 90-year-old woman.

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Cops said the 8-year-old boy had just finished playing “Grand Theft Auto IV” - a video game critics blame for encouraging violence - before he fatally shot a 90-year-old woman.

The child initially told investigators that he accidentally shot 

Smothers while playing with the loaded pistol. But police later 

determined the elderly woman was targeted.

Cops didn’t reveal a motive for the killing, but said that the boy 

was close to the woman he allegedly shot.

“By accounts of relatives of the victim, as well as friends of the 

family, the victim and the juvenile had a normal, loving 

relationship,” police officials said in a statement to The Advocate.



The video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” - released by Rockstar Games - is blamed by critics for promoting violence.

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The video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” - released by Rockstar Games - is blamed by critics for promoting violence.

Investigators found that the boy had just finished playing the video 

game that police called “a realistic game that has been associated 

with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing 

people.”

The boy’s father told WAFB-TV that his son used the elderly 

woman’s .38-caliber pistol to commit the murder. Although the 

child dodged criminal charges, he still faces penalties under the 

juvenile system, officials said.

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports
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