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    TX - Jose Flores Martinez, 27, fatally shot, Houston, 3 June 2004

    Testimony began this morning in the murder trial of a Houston mother accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend and making her 9-year-old son take the blame.
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3320164
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    A 10-year-old boy raised his hand high Monday as he was sworn in to testify about a horrifying event — taking the blame for a fatal gunshot that was fired by his mother.

    Smiling during parts of his testimony and shedding no tears, the youth calmly recalled the events that led to the death of Jose Flores Martinez on June 3, 2004.

    The boy's mother, Erika Lynn Ruiz, 30, is charged with murder. After her son initially claimed responsibility, she acknowledged firing the shot but said she killed Martinez in defense of herself and her son.

    The boy told jurors his mother was on her knees, crying, after the shooting. He ran to a friend's apartment to get help.

    He said his mother initially blamed the shooting on him when friends came to see what was wrong. After police arrived, mother and son were placed in separate patrol cars.

    "I went with a girl police officer and (Ruiz) went with a boy police officer," the youth said.

    He initially claimed he had shot Martinez, but told police the truth within 24 hours after spending the night in custody.

    His fear, he told the jury, was "that they'd take me somewhere I'd never see my mom again."
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/rssstory...olitan/3321074
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Wow! That is a shocker. I can't say I am disappointed, as from what her son said, she had every reason to protect herself.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    This poor woman is 4'11", the victim was 6'1" at 250lbs. From testimony from the 10 year old son, it seems justice was served here. I'm glad the jury got it.

    I hope she uses better judgment when she picks her next SO.

    JMHO
    fran



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