FRATRICIDE


          State v. Mason          Somerset County District Court          Skowhegan, Maine

     Defendant Mason acknowledged the killing by gunshot of his mother and brother.  A tape recording captured the moments immediately preceding the fatal shootings.  At issue was the bind over of this young man to stand trial as an adult and thereby receive a minimum twenty-five year sentence.  Expert testimony by Dr. Charles Robinson addressed the issues of age versus maturity, dependence versus independence, the special dynamics of family life, and the differing competencies of adults and youth.  Defendant Mason was sentenced as a juvenile and received residential treatment for three years. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Michaela Murphy, Esq.                              Waterville, Maine                              (207) 873-0781

(See also newspaper article "Mason ruled a juvenile)

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