At 4 years old, when my mom was being abused (physically, and mentaly) by her bf, I remember fearing that he could kill her out of his wild anger. I remember praying to the creator to step in and save her. I remember NOT telling anyone about her being abused because if I did, he would hurt her more. I understood that a gun would KILL a person, and that person would NEVER come back. I remember that all clearly. I also remember knowing that him telling her that she was worthless, and nobody would ever love her, was wrong. I remember seeing her worth, and knowing that I loved her. I didn't understand WHY she stayed with him. I didn't understand WHY he did it. I also didn't understand HOW he could love her, and hurt her at the same time.
I remember at 12, wishing to KILL my stepbrother (I won't say why I wanted but it is VERY personal, and he hurt me and my brother both). IMO at that time, he had no good reasons for living. I knew though, no matter what he'd done to me, or my bro, that it was wrong. I knew if I tried to kill him, I would get into trouble. I knew it was wrong to kill someone. I knew that he had a right to his life as much as I did to my own, but he ruined mine in a way, and my brother's, so I wanted to ruin his. I never told what he'd done to me, but I did tell what happened with my brother. He got in BIG trouble, and was never allowed alone with either of us. He also got sent back to Washington. I wish he would have been taken to jail, or something. I was so scared of him after that, and he was so nice to me. I still hate him (Hate is a very strong word, and I don't use it lightly.) I don't wish him dead anymore because I understand that he has lived a hard life, and Karma bit him in the butt. Bit him VERY hard. He lost his dad, his dad was so ashamed by what he had done, contact was broken. He lost his boyfriend to cancer or something. I feel bad for his losses, and I wish my dad(step) would talk to him. But... that's not my problem.
In short, what I am saying, is what others have said. This whole thing has a lot of grey areas. When compairing what I was thinking at his age, and younger, I have a hard time bying that he didn't know it was wrong. Or that a med could cause him to do it. But... He is NOT me. He did not grow up like me. He was not talked to like an adult when he was a child.(that I know of). He didn't have the relationship I had with my mom.
I just really hope that if this kid can get help to save him from becoming another # in our prison system, then get out and end up hurting more people.
It would be nice if they tried people as 'young adults' rather then child or adult. People don't grow from children straight to adults, just as they don't go from toddler to adult. He should be punished for his crime. Murder is wrong, then setting fire to the house afterwards... he knew what he was doing (IMO). But... he is not an adult either.
I keep thinking of other grandkids of his grandparets (were there any?). I am sure they are all very sad to have lost two people in such a horrible way. Because of the fire, they may not get anything handed down. I cherish the few things I have from my grandparents. Objects from a different life and time.
Or what about their friends? The loss must be horrible. They took him in, out of the 'system', and perhaps he should have gone into therapy to help with his anger.
If it was about not wanting to go back to his dad, that SHOULD have been brought up in the trial.