Murder suspect faces previous charges

The 17-year-old suspect that was arrested yesterday for the shooting death of Manish Melwani on Sunday made his first court appearance today. The judge ordered the suspect to remain in jail pending the filing of charges, which could come on Thursday. He will likely face first-degree murder charges as an adult.

The Seattle Times is reporting that the teen also faces felony third-degree assault and attempted robbery charges in a case from last summer. Charging documents from that crime obtained by the Times say the suspect and two others jumped a 14-year-old Ballard High School student last summer and told him to empty his pockets. The teen later identified the three. The suspect’s next court appearance will be on Thursday morning for a hearing related to the charges from last summer.

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chopper_74
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That sounds about typical. Still awaiting charges from last summer, decides to kill someone this summer. Yeah, nothing wrong the court system…

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What a scumbag!

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Death penalty

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The P.I.'s Police Blog has a new article about the court appearance: http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/archives/1

The video is tough to watch.

Has anyone started up a fund for the victim's parents?

chopper_74
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That's heartbreaking Silver, lousy demonstration of the promise of freedom and opportunity in America. Shameful for this family to have to deal with this. A fund raiser sounds like the least we could do.
Not so interested in how the punk's family is dealing with it. Sorry.

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ballardrocksnow

That's too easy. I want him alive in 60 years..still not having seen a sunset since last Sunday. He'll act hard in prison the first 10 years maybe. But slowly, he'll begin to understand what he did. The death penalty is too easy way out for him.

RJ
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RJ

I agree- 60 years rotting in prison seems like it might have more of an impact than the death penalty.

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leavinglasballard

KOMO just had Manish's parents on. He was their only support and they may have to move back to India. Their pain is so palpable. My heart breaks for them.

They also had a brief comment from the shooter's father who said he was very sorry for Manish's family. I feel sorry for him too. It's all such an incredible waste.

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leavinglasballard

really? I can't imagine having a child whom i had tried to love and nurture for 17 years turn out to be a murderer. i can't fathom what this sicko was thinking, i cannot afford him any sympathy. but i can feel for his parents.

chopper_74
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Really, again, sorry.
Tried, perhaps. Succeeded, definitely not.
Can't understand it, my failing.
Was this kid killing (assaulting,robbing) for his family? NO!
Was this victim working for his? YES!
Sure, bring up the social differences, I'll be waiting.
Don't want to jump on you LLS, seriously. Just had to say what I think about it.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

They worked hard, raised a good son, and now…well, somebody didn't.
Am I wrong?

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This is purely speculation since I know neither the parents nor their skills at parenting, but I'd guess had this individual received 17 years of what you (and most people) would consider love and nurturing this would never have happened in the first place.

We can't blame the parents for his actions, but in my mind they're not exactly faultless either. As such they're reaping now what they've sown, and I can't feel any sympathy for them either.

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Tyrone

I would like to see the murderer, and the murderer's parents forced to pay civil penalties to the victem's family. I think this is what Ron Goldman's father did in the wake of the OJ mess.

Since the murderer is a minor, what is the legal responsibility of the parents for his actions?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Legal, civil, moral responsibility, to what extent, who knows. I would have had the same answer if we were discussing last year's crap.

ninaf
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Horribly sad video. :(

Freddie
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Freddie

Parents of the murderer? Sorry, I hope they suffer too for raising this monster. I hope everyday the rest of their lives their feel the pain their son inflicted, for their lousy parenting.

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I agree you can't blame the parents. My family: 3 kids growing up in the same household. A kind mother and an alcoholic father. My brother and I turned out just fine. My sister had drug problems all of her life and now is in a methadone program. The difference? Our friends. Nothing to do with the parents here.
This kid, whatever his parentage, decided to be with people who think killing is a-ok. The parents don't have much of a say here. Much as they like to think they do.

ninaf
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Was the kid mentally ill? you don't know…. you don't know the situation at all. There is grieving on both sides.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Again, the parents can only do so much. My sister ran away to be with the people mom didn't approve of. I bet this kid did the same.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I think the P-I article said the station owner was starting a fund for them.

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Freddie

Americans need to spend some time in Japan. There, if a son did this, the patents would be on national TV groveling and begging for forgiveness. They'd be socially ostracized. It's why this kind of thing practically never happens in Japan.

Here? You go on Oprah and blame 'society'.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Not society. But I think this kid was trouble with or without his parents. Born scum.

kim1234
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kim1234

pull-eze!

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You can give at the store – they are collecting money for the parents.

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I lived in Japan for 8 years – kids there steal from convenience stores in packs and then the school they are from makes them apologize and that's all they have to do. Don't get the rose colored glasses about Japan – they have a big meth problem as well – have had it since the 50's. The education system is nothing to crow about -all it is is Prussian mind control memorization, and the college kids don't have to spend a single day studying – once they're in, they graduate, no matter what. see: http://educationinjapan.wordpress.com/college-e