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http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/12/boy_killed_mom_and_shot_dad_ov.html

ELYRIA aEU" Daniel Petric was so angry that his father would not allow him to play the violent video game Halo 3 that he killed his mother and shot his father, then tried to make it appear to be a murder-suicide, prosecutors told a Lorain County judge this morning in the boy's murder trial.

Petric, now 17, had sneaked out of his house to buy the game. But his parents caught him as he came in with the game and took it from him. His father, Mark, put the game in a lockbox in the parents' closet. He also kept a 9 mm handgun in the box, according to prosecutors.

Daniel Petric took the gun and the game out of the box, they said.

The case is being tried to a Lorain County Common Pleas judge instead of a jury at the request of Daniel Petric.
Marvin Fong/Plain DealerDaniel Petric

Mark Petric, who is a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, testified that before the shooting on Oct. 20, 2007, his then-16-year-old son came into the room with a question:

"Would you guys close your eyes," Daniel Petric asked. "I have a surprise for you."
Mark and Susan Petric

Mark Petric said he expected a pleasant surprise. The next thing he knew, his head went numb. He had been shot in the head.

Susan Petric, 43, died of gunshot wound to the head.

He said the next thing he remembers is his son shoving the gun in his hand and saying, "Hey Dad, here's your gun. Take it."

Mark Petric broke down on the witness stand as he explained how he survived the shooting. His daughter and her husband came to the house to watch an Indians game. He heard his son telling them they couldn't come in.

"You can't come in," Mark Petric recalled his son saying. "You guys shouldn't come in. Mom and Dad had a big argument."

Mark Petric said all he could do was make a guttural yell for help.

Mark 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 Petric said, according to his father. "I'm so glad you are alive."

"You're my son," Mark Petric responded. "You're my boy."

Mark Petric said his son told him he could hardly live with the guilt over what he did.

"He would cry, and I would cry," Mark Petric told the judge.

He said Susan Petric and their son had a very close relationship.

"He was always her little boy," Mark Petric told the judge.

Daniel Petric's lawyers also gave a short opening statement to the judge. They said their client had been under great stress because of a snowboarding accident that resulted in a severe staph infection.

He was homebound for a year with nothing to do but watch television and play video games.

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The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,

Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun." -------William Wordsworth

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An unspeakable tragedy. God

An unspeakable tragedy. God bless the family.

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Oh dear. So sad.......

Oh dear. So sad....... :-(

The question is....will you be able/courageous/adult enough to sacrifice that which merely pleases you...for that which will truly fulfill you? That is the question of personal growth.
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they are in my thoughts and

they are in my thoughts and prayers. my heart is with them.

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Tragic. This is so sad .

Tragic. This is so sad .

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December 16, 1700 h ELYRIA

December 16, 1700 h ELYRIA aEU" The case against 17-year-old Daniel Petric, who is accused of killing his mother and shooting his father in the head, could be in the hands of a judge Wednesday to decide on a verdict. The lawyers in the case are scheduled to present their closing arguments Wednesday morning to Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge, who is hearing the case instead of a jury. Petric waived his right to a jury trial. The judge has not indicated how long he will consider the evidence before rendering a verdict. The trial began Monday. Prosecutors said the boy was angry because his parents took away his Halo III video game. They objected to its violent content. Petric planned to make his parent's deaths look like a murder-suicide, prosecutors said. Petric's lawyers put on a very short defense Tuesday -- a handful of friends, family and other character witnesses. They based their defense on what they described as Petric's video game addiction. Petric's sister, Holly, 18, testified that he became addicted to video games when was housebound for a year recovering from a staph infection he contracted after a serious snowboarding injury. One of Petric's friends, 17-year-old Jonathan Johnson, testified that Petric was so obsessed with the Halo series of games that he would play them seven or eight hours a day at Johnson's house. In Halo, players shoot alien monsters that have taken over the Earth and is rated M for mature players. One marathon weekend -- about a week before the shooting on Oct. 20, 2007 -- they played Halo for 16 to 18 hours a day, stopping only to eat, sleep and use the bathroom, Johnson said. Petric's father had kicked him out of the house after a fight and Petric crashed with Johnson's family. Petric's father, Mark, testified on Monday that he and his son had a great relationship, but that he put his foot down when his son wanted to play the Halo games. He told his son to leave the house if he could not give up the games, which is when Daniel Petric went to Johnson's house for the weekend. Mark Petric, who is a minister, caught his son sneaking Halo III into their house and took the game. He said he put it in a lock box where he also kept a 9 mm handgun. Prosecutors said Daniel Petric found the key to the box, took out the gun and the game and shot his parents. Daniel Petric is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and related offenses in the shooting death of his mother, Susan, 43, and the shooting of his 45-year-old father. If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to up to life in prison with a parole eligibility date that would be determined based on the offenses. He is not eligible for the death penalty because of his age. Before court began Tuesday morning, about two dozen young people greeted Daniel Petric. Some were from his church, the New Life Assembly of God in Wellington. His spirits seemed to be lifted by the visit. It was the first time he showed any emotion in court since the trial began.

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Can we please add the

Can we please add the following to the DEDICATION page? Murders: Susan Petric, October 20, 2007, Cleveland, OH. Shot to death by her son Daniel after she and her husband confiscated his Halo 3 game. Susan's husband Mark was also shot but survived.

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I have just added a new

I have just added a new Podcast regarding this trial to my blog. If you're interested, click on the link at the bottom of this post to be directed to the site. The Podcast is about 13 minutes long, in MP3 format. As noted below, the blog is not affiliated with or endorsed by OLGA but does deal with gaming addiction issues and my personal opinions and reflections. -Brad

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Update: The verdict is due

Update: The verdict is due January 7th. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

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Kersey (Daniel's Lawyer) did not contest that Petric killed his parents, but insisted that the boyaEU(tm)s youth and video game addiction made him less responsible. However, Kersey did not introduce any experts to testify about addictive or desensitizing effects of video games. He noted that when the boy fled the grisly scene, he only took one item with him: the Halo 3 game that his father had locked in a box to keep it away from him.

I'm very disappointed that the boy's lawyer failed to provide expert testimony on video game addiction. That would have been very helpful.

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The article at

The article at http://games.slashdot.org/... says:

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... the judge who presided over this case said he believes that the 17-year-old defendant "had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever."

Further details regarding the judge's decision are in the link in this article to a GamesPolitics one.

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Watch the judge's comments

Watch the judge's comments on video at the Cleveland Plain Dealer web site: http://videos.cleveland.com/plain-dealer/2009/01/halo_video_game_murder_suspect.html

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The Court must enter a finding of guilty on the counts set forth in the indictment. That being said, itaEU(tm)s my firm belief as a human being - and not as a jurist - that Daniel does suffer from a serious defect of the mind. This CourtaEU(tm)s opinion is that we donaEU(tm)t know enough about these video games. In this particular case, not so much the violence of the game because I believe in the Halo 3, what it amounts to is a contest to see who can shoot the most aliens who attack. ItaEU(tm)s my firm belief that after a while the same physiological responses occur that occur in the ingestion of some drugs. And I believe that an addiction to these games can do the same thing. The dopamine surge, the stimulation of the nucleus accumbens - the same as an addiction. Such that when you stop, your brain wonaEU(tm)t stand for it. The other dangerous thing about these games, in my opinion, is that when these changes occur, they occur in an environment that is delusional. Because you can shoot these aliens, and theyaEU(tm)re there again the next day. You have to shoot them again. And I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea, at the time he hatched this plot, that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever.

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
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