A boy killed his mother and father because they took Halo 3 of him

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ELYRIA — Daniel Petric shot his parents -- killing his mother -- because they wouldn't allow him to play the violent video game Halo 3, prosecutors told a judge at the boy's murder trial Monday.
The trial, on charges of murder and attempted murder, opened Monday for Petric, 17, of Brighton Township. He is being tried without a jury before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty because of Petric's age. In their opening state ments, prosecutors outlined this version of events surrounding the shooting:
In September 2007, Daniel, then 16, had sneaked out of his bedroom window to purchase the game at a store against his father's orders. When he returned home, his parents caught him with the game and took it from him. His father, Mark, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, put the game in a lockbox in a closet where he also kept a 9mm handgun, according to prosecutors.
About a month later, on Oct. 20, 2007, Daniel used his father's key to open the lockbox and remove the gun and the game. The boy shot his parents, killing his mother and gravely wounding his father. As his father lay wounded, Daniel tried to place the gun in his father's hand.
Daniel fled after his sister and her husband arrived at the house, taking the Halo 3 game with him.

Mark and Susan Petric
Also on Monday, a tearful Mark Petric testified that his son came up behind him as he sat on the couch and said, "Would you guys close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."
Petric, 45, said he "expected a pleasant surprise" and closed his eyes. Then his head went numb. As the blood poured from a bullet wound in his head, he realized his wife, Susan Petric, 43, was lying dead on a nearby loveseat, shot in the head, arms and chest.
Petric said his son shoved the gun into his hand saying, "Hey Dad, here's your gun. Take it."
Mark Petric broke down on the witness stand as he said he believes he survived the shooting only because his daughter and husband arrived at the house to watch an Indians game. He heard his son telling them they couldn't come inside.
"You guys shouldn't come in," Mark Petric recalled his son saying. "Mom and Dad had a big argument."
The couple, Heidi and Andrew Archer, testified they heard a moan - possibly their names being groaned - from inside the house, pushed their way in and found the elder Petric wounded and his wife dead. The elder Petric, through his shattered jaw, managed to say his son had shot him, while Daniel tried to blame his father.
Heidi Archer called 9-1-1 and then realized that Daniel had picked up the handgun that had been lying on the couch. Her husband took the gun from the boy, who gave it up without resistance.
The boy ran out of the house and fled in the family van. He was caught by Wellington police a short time later, the Halo 3 game still on the front seat.
Daniel showed little emotion throughout the trial except when his mother's autopsy photos were flashed on a large screen. He bowed his head and stared at his hands for about 20 minutes while the photos were discussed.
Petric was allowed to visit his son in jail over the past year. He said his son has apologized. "Dad, I'm so sorry for what I did to Mom, to you and to the family," Daniel said, according to his father. "I'm so glad you are alive."
"You're my son," Petric responded. "You're my boy."
He said his wife and their son had a very close relationship.
"He was always her little boy," Petric told the judge.
Heidi Archer said the family has forgiven her brother and want him to come home because the family cannot heal until they are all together.
Daniel's lawyer, James Kersey, gave a short opening statement. He said his client had been under great stress at the time of the shooting because of a snowboarding accident that resulted in a severe staph infection. It left Daniel with such severe spinal damage that the slightest injury could leave him paralyzed.
Daniel was homebound for a year with nothing to do but watch television and play video games, Kersey said. It was during that time that he became fascinated with the Halo series and would play them for hours at friends' houses. His father forbade the games, saying that were too violent and sexually explicit.

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  • 11

    Putting laughter back into manslaughter

    • Dannyl
    • January 7, 2010, 12:41 pm
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    The dad's a minister, he probably only wants him to play Hello Kitty or some shit

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  • 2

    You have no soul dude!

    • Mime
    • October 5, 2009, 2:02 am
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  • 2

    It'd be funny, but cruel

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    u sir have instantly and permanently become my favorite person

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  • 2

    lol i second the motion.

    • md2297
    • April 15, 2010, 8:40 am
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    not rly. :]

    • md2297
    • April 15, 2010, 8:41 am
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    title is wronge because the father lived.
    but!
    if u think halo is a bad game play gta sanandres lol! or any of the gta series. there is alot worst games out there besides halo. that is just stupid parents that are thinking a game is bad because it is a 17+ game but gta is fun at all ages! my 10 year old cus enjoys killing them hookers. and halo is a basic action game. stupid people should be shot so peace!

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    just read your post after i posted, and i agree 10050%

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  • 1

    Halo 2 for computer was rated with Partial Nudity in it.

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  • 1

    I think it's because Cortana's wearing quite revealing outfits, but it's not that violent.. But it's nothing to go shooting your parents over.

    • SuDoku
    • December 31, 2009, 5:56 am
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    no its not all it is nothing but shooting...this kid's parents, well dead parents needed him to have fun

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  • 1

    sounds fair to me.

    • md2297
    • April 15, 2010, 8:41 am
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    lol...awesome. i have that tag.:]

    • md2297
    • April 15, 2010, 8:43 am
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    I disagree with the idea of video games "desensitizing" a person. Someone who kills and feels no emotion or the wrong type of emotion, like thrill or satisfaction, along those lines, has a deep and serious psychological problem. I have been shot at, and have myself had to shoot back, in combat, and even then, there is something in the human psyche that in most normal people would give a feeling of regret or remorse. To be able to shoot and kill a close friend or relative in anything other than self defense, and feel no remorse during or sometime after the fact, shows a serious flaw in that person's head.

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    the guy is stupid for shooting his parents over a game he needs to be in jail for a long time to think about this "Hey i could still have my parents if i didn't and i wouldn't be here i would sitting at home enjoying family time" just stupid person made a dumbass descion

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    Hate to blame the victim, but why did his father stick the game, that he must of known his son would be tempted to try and take back, in the same box as a handgun? If you know your son is this messed up, you're asking for trouble. If his dad didn't expect it, that just shows insane lack of attentiveness as a parent. No normal kid would kill their parents over just the game, I'd bet anything this boy was a ticking time bomb, depending on what kind of life he said, anything could have set him off.

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    "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"

    Well, yelling BANG doesn't do you much good, now does it. I'm pretty sure the gun helped a little.

    "violent video games make killers"

    What? No, and even if it did, So does money, and food, and skittles, and mental issues, and books (I'm looking at you Twilight), and minimally gory, none gun related video games, and tacos, and two-dollar bills, and chocolate/peanutbutter, and religion, and sexual predators, and the Bible, and the Karan, and Christmas.....

    Ban all of the above plus more and then I'll consider your argument.
    Crazy story though.

    sorry brother but there has never been one gun that loaded itself, picked it up, aimed it and pulled its own trigger. the rest of what you said is good in my book.
    - johnecash October 25, 2010, 8:25 pm
    However, there are people who would put their guns in boxes with a halo 3 game that they know their son wants. You leave your gun somewhere like that, and you're asking for trouble.
    - CrazyJay October 26, 2010, 1:30 am
    you are correct a gun is not a game and one must treat a gun with the respect that it demands. if you can't treat the gun with the respect it commands then you don't need to have a gun. at the end of the day what ever happens is not the guns fault, its the owners.
    - johnecash October 26, 2010, 7:04 am
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  • 1

    It must be all those violent video games.

    • Polygon
    • October 26, 2010, 1:42 am
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    Did you know :
    This is my old account but everyone -3 all my posts

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  • 1

    Justified.

    • c8r15
    • October 26, 2010, 4:08 am
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    PSYCHO

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