Talmage Newton, Hendren’s attorney, was asked about the judge’s characterization that the shooting was not an accident.
“This case is at the very beginning. The police report is not complete,” Newton said. “Any of the facts in evidence are not in the public domain right now. The statements made right now are based purely on the state’s allegations – the complaint and the charging document. I again urge everyone to keep an open mind and wait to see all of the facts when they come out.”
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner also spoke to the media outside the courtroom.
“My office is dedicated to getting to the bottom of this. This is a serious case,” she said. “Katlyn’s family deserves that. The community deserves answers and we’re going to put the full weight of our office to investigate this case as well as get to the bottom this.”
They still follow the Blue Code when it's one of their own. I guess living cops are more important than dead ones.
MRichardson said:I agree with the judge."“Unholstering the firearm – an intentional action. Loading it – intentional action. Reloading it – intentional action. Pointing it – intentional."No one with fire arms training can disagree with the above. Even if they didn't mean for it to happen. The extreme recklessness was intentional. If this were a car accident no one would argue.
GA Fin said:
While I agree with you, I don't think the shooter's story is true. It's the lie they think will fly IMO.
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
I hope some of our LEOs chime in with their thoughts.
Don't hold your breath.
They generally avoid threads like this. You know, where cops behave like complete idiots.