Sunday, June 10, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Indiana Man by Friend - Shooter Charged

The Star Press reports

A Muncie man faces a felony charge in connection with this week’s shooting of a New Castle man he described as “my buddy.”Donald R. Wood, 25, was arrested Wednesday, the same day 23-year-old 

Michael Dean Whittle was shot in a house at 1703 Plum St. in New Castle. A day later Wood was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony carrying a standard four-year prison term.
What's your opinion? Does initially lying to the police increase your chances of being held responsible for an "accident?"

But, that's not what Farago's crew is always talking about.  The STFU advice would probably piss the cops off as much as making up a story about an intruder or a drive by.

How about this for a wild concept, if you have an "accident" with a gun, you come clean, admit your part in it and let the chips fall where they may.  Same thing if you're involved in a truly legitimate DGU. If you tell the truth, the forensic evidence will back you up.  There's nothing to fear.

But, if you're a hidden criminal who fired a gun unnecessarily or prematurely, you better take the TTAG advice. For you, only a talented shyster and a good bit of luck will work.

Another aspect of this story we must not overlook is that he was not charged with illegal possession of a gun or possession of a gun by a convicted felon or misdemeanor wife-beater.  You know what that means.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. You're giving legal advice without a clue, much less a license. The police and the prosecutor are not your friend. They aren't here to help you. If they seem sympathetic, it's because they're playing you.

    My concealed carry class included a session with a lawyer who specializes in this area of law. His advice was to say to the cops, I'm willing to make a statement, but I need to speak to an attorney first. You're likely to be rattled right after a shooting. You might say incoherent things that will be used against you. Yes, you're likely to be arrested, but it's better to say nothing than to babble on.

    But let's here Laci's advice. What would he tell a client to do?

  2. The 5th too? Is there an amendment you do like?