Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Man killed teen for walking across yard

‘A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn is charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard.

Charles Martin, 66, of Union Township, near this city about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, shot next-door neighbor Larry Mugrage in the chest with a shotgun around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said. The youth was pronounced dead at a hospital. [..]

Martin called 911 on Sunday, saying in a calm voice: “I just killed a kid.”

He also tells the dispatcher: “It’s been going on for five years … I’ve been harassed by him and his parents for five years. Today just blew it up.”‘

Update: now with 911 call audio and video.

(1.5meg Flash video)

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