Aside from watching the daily and nightly news, people nowadays rely on internet, you tube and even smart phones to get the latest news and happenings around the country. News about murder, fatal killings, sex, drugs, and police brutality are found Interesting by public. News involving celebrity, sports and athletes, politicians and various authority figures are also among the popular stories followed by the media. Recently, a homicide news involving the mayor of Bell Gardens, Southern California aired In the news and captured the attention of not only the local followers but the action as well.
Mayor Daniel Creeps, 45, was fatally shot In his own home after an argument by the couple. Promptly pronounced dead In the hospital, the only suspect Is his wife, Elevate, who was questioned but later released by police authorities. No confirmed Information surfaced as of yet whether the shooting resulted In arguments over money, domestic abuse, family problems or Infidelity. As news progress. A 91 1 call by the mayors son was released stating that: ‘his mom was defending herself, his dad hurt him, and it was not his mom’s fault’.
The mayor was described as a generous man’ and no negative comments about his office mayoral duties were linked in the killing. Even the couple’s married relationship seemed to be flawless as described by neighbors, family and friends. As the news progress, new information will surely emerge in the following days ahead that will be anticipated by the public. Criminal cases and news stories like this caught my attention not only because it is close to home (California), but also because it is shocking and intriguing at the same time.
Audience will keep following the story until all information is released. As little as the public know as of today, several speculations have surfaced by now regarding a third party or a rift between the couple’s marital relationship. No confirmed stories or names released as of yet, but, as the public wait for information, I will be among the spectators following outcome of the story in the coming days. The jurisdiction of criminal law in cases like this usually falls under domestic violence, domestic abuse and domestic dispute.
An allegation of a third party is not surprising although the couple seemed to have no problems as described by neighbors and friends. In addition, the couple has been married for 28 years, Lappet’s is described as a childhood sweet heart to Daniel Creeps, devoted and loving wife, a stay-home mom to their two children. A question to many Is why she shoot his husband, what occurred the night of the shooting, and what went on In the Inhalant police Investigation.
With the son’s 91 1 call now aired in the news, saying his mother shoot his dad because of elf defense, there Is still no strong evidence for acquittal or conviction of Elevate based on the phone call. The son may not be deemed as the accomplice at this time although no clear statements were released as of today. No criminal allowably or any criminal charges was pressed against the son and no reports have been confirmed as yet other than the 91 1 phone call and the police questioning the night of the shooting.
In Chapter 2 of the POP material Criminal Law Today, the following is stated: “There are three essential aspects of all crimes: (1) the criminal act (which, in gal parlance, is termed the cactus reuse), (2) a culpable mental state (mess rear), and relationship between mess rear and cactus reuse. Criminality exists when the two concur and where no defense, as characterized in the figure, exists. Defenses in this figure refer to the zone of individual liberties over which governments have no authority to regulate and to those instances where other factual or legal defenses free an individual from criminal responsibility.
Hence, as discussed in this chapter, the essence of criminal conduct consists of a concurrence of a criminal act with a liable mental state. ” In the case of the shooting of Mayor Creeps, wife Lappet’s ‘cactus reuse’ or the criminal act is the shooting of her husband. ‘Mess rear’ is the wife’s culpable (or responsible) mental state during the incident. A concurrence of the two – cactus reuse and mess rear is clearly observed in the shooting, and this clearly constitutes as crime. Whatever outcome this may have in the coming days or weeks, I will be one of many spectators who wait for the full story and final decision.