When visiting the Great Frederick Fair in Maryland with his family, 59-year-old John Marvin Weed was approached by a group of juvenile lads. The young lads boldly approached Weed for a dollar. When he didn’t give them the money, they followed him and his family around and made him feel bad until he did.
Weed later felt agitated by their pestering. At that point, he yelled back at them, according to the police, which led to a fight.
When Weed responded, the youngsters were outraged at his arrogance in speaking back to them. Within seconds, the youths surrounded him, as if they were eager for a fight. Weed’s last moments were disturbingly filmed by a bystander’s camera.
Weed is seen tilting his head to concentrate on one of the young guys in the seconds-long video before the offender jumps into view from the other side of the picture, delivering the deadly sucker punch to the back of his head. The guy then drops to the ground, as some of the youths rejoice by spitting on him and leaping about in joy.
Smith said that two teenagers, a 15-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sibling, had been apprehended and charged in connection with Weed’s murder. They are presently charged with second-degree assault as adolescents. Smith, on the other hand, said that he is contemplating transferring the 15-year-old to adult court and raising his charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment to manslaughter.
According to the prosecution, the assault was totally random, and Weed was a complete stranger to the accused. According to a public attorney who is defending the adolescents, they were in total astonishment when they learned that their victim had died and that they had never planned to murder him.
The kids’ dad has publicly requested that his sons be freed pending trial. He apologized to Weed’s family yet dismissed his son’s deadly punch as a “mistake.”
Sheriff Jenkins slammed the father’s explanation, emphasizing that there are mistakes and then there are crimes. The judge agreed with the prosecution that since the adolescents’ conduct had major repercussions, their trial should have substantial consequences.
The court eventually ordered the teenagers to be placed in juvenile services care until their trial, dismissing their father’s appeal. Only time will tell if the kid who administered the deadly punch will face adult charges.
Such conduct does not start on the streets; instead, it begins in the home. For whatever reason, these teenagers were permitted to intimidate civilians without regard for who they injured or fear of repercussions.