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Elkhart 4: Justice or Overkill? by Mind Map: Elkhart 4: Justice or
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Elkhart 4: Justice or Overkill?

I can determine which branch of government makes and controls laws in the United States. I can understand how each state has unique laws to their own jurisdiction. I can determine what the judicial branch of government responsibilities are. Texas Death Row Last Statements & Meals:


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Free the Elkhart 4


The Circumstances:

In October of 2012, Layman and four accomplices committed a burglary at an Elkhart home. One of the accomplices died when he was shot by the homeowner. When the dust settled the four surviving boys faced felony murder counts.



"Only in America can you be charged with murder and put away for the rest of your life without ever having physically harmed anybody. What a country. !"

The Family:

“I’m just happy we're here, happy, finally here and hopefully we can get something different, a change,” said Angie Johnson, mother of Blake Layman. “The boys don't deserve murder charges they're not murderers.”


#1, "Bogus as Hell"

#2, "Not right"

Your Vote

Should they be tried for murder?


No:, 4A says no; they should be charged with manslaughter and burglary; should be tried as juveniles since they had no criminal history, 3C says no; they should not be charged with murder since they did not commit a murder; they should be charged and tried for burglary; bottom line is that they did not commit a murder; The man who shot the 21 year old should go to jail because he had no right to shoot someone even though that person came into his home unlawfully; the homeowner should have shot the boys to wound, not shot to kill

The Legal Issue

What charges are made on a plaintiff when a death occurs during an event even though they did not commit the death?

Certification for juveniles

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The Final Say