JW Mom Convicted of 2nd Degree Murder

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  • Funchback

    The paragraph in italics made me sick.

    http://www.nbc4.tv/news/1739114/detail.html Jurors Convict Mom Of Murder For Toilet-Drowning Infant Juror Claims Panel Unaware They Had Other Options

    POSTED: 2:39 p.m. PDT October 24, 2002 UPDATED: 2:46 p.m. PDT October 24, 2002

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Jurors who convicted a woman of second-degree murder in the toilet-drowning death of her newborn son may not have realized that they could have convicted her of involuntary manslaughter.

    Donna Michelle Knight's sentencing was postponed for at least two months by Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor so defense attorney Grover Porter can question jurors to determine if they misunderstood instructions. One juror claimed the panel didn't know involuntary manslaughter was an option.

    Knight, 37, was convicted June 14 of murdering her son in September 1999. The 10-woman, two-man jury returned a second-degree murder verdict, which calls for 15 years to life in prison. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years.

    Deputy District Attorney Deena Bennett had sought a first-degree murder conviction, arguing that the unmarried woman intentionally killed her baby after concealing her pregnancy because she was afraid of repercussions from her Jehovah's Witness church.

    Bennett said the religion considers sexual relations outside of marriage grounds for excommunication.

    Porter argued that Knight, who weighed at least 275 pounds, did not know she was pregnant and on the day of the baby's death she was taking antidepressants and other medication and could not remember what happened.

    Although jurors were given an instruction for involuntary manslaughter, the foreman told them they could not consider that option, a juror said. Actually, it was voluntary manslaughter that was not to be considered.

  • StinkyPantz
  • Funchback

    That's pretty much the same reaction that I had, Stinky.

  • shera

    Same here.....

  • badwillie

    There is just no end to the sadness caused by this warped belief system.

    and what's the scripture JW's love to quote? "....no natural affection...."


  • Brandy5

    How very sad for that poor baby. The mom needs to go to prison for a very long time.


  • RunningMan

    Another victim of twisted Watchtower ideas.

    Every person who dies as a result of this stupidity should come back to haunt the governing body.

  • Witch Child
    Witch Child

    this is so sad...

    I am holding my 4 month old, nursing him. He looks at me with such love and trust. How could a mother hurt her own dear baby? Or any baby? It breaks my heart... I'll take the little chap if she doesn't want him.... :(


  • Dutchie

    I'm absolutely shocked!

  • Elsewhere

    "My yolk is kindly and my load is light"

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