The prosecutor in St. John's, Arizona has filed a motion to dismiss one of the murder charges against that 8 year-old boy. Interesting. Specifically, the boy will no longer be charged with murder in the death of his father (assuming the motion is granted, as they almost always are). Very interesting.
What does this mean? This suggests the state has radically rethought its theory of the homicides. But they're not just saying they have no confidence in the confession. Were that the case, they would dismiss both charges. I don't want to speculate too much, but I've got all sorts of ideas running around in my head right now. (Do they think roommate killed dad and then kid shot roommate?)
What I do know is we are getting a good lesson in why we all should not rush to judgment within hours of an investigation beginning. Whatever happened here surely traumatized this boy. If it turns out that the truth is something other than what those police officers decided early on, how much extra trauma has this poor child been put through? It seems like the authorities in Arizona just recklessly rushed ahead to the accusation stage without thought to the consequences. Police officers led this 8 year-old to confess to shooting two men, one of whom was his father. Police charged him with double murder and talked all tough about how this kid should be charged as an adult for committing premeditated, intentional murder. It's bad enough to do that kind of stuff to an adult who turns out to be innocent. But if you publicly accuse a child of double murder (including the murder of his parent), you better be damn sure that you're right. If you're not sure, maybe you ought to shut the hell up and do some more investigating.