Some notes on the Violence Policy Reports' "Concealed Carry Killers"

I will soon put up a piece that provides more of a verbal discussion of these cases.

Florida Cases from the VPC report.

1. Randy Reddick Jr. PENDING February 27, 2010

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought

2. Roger Troy SUICIDE February 8, 2010

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought

3. Paul Michael Merhige PENDING November 26, 2009

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought

4. Unidentified PENDING October 19, 2009

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought.

5. Humberto Delgado, Jr. PENDING August 19, 2009


Problems with VPC: Charged WITH CARRYING A CONCEALED HANDGUN, obviously didn't have a valid permit!!! So much for one of the cases involving the death of a police officer. "Humberto Delgado already stood accused of killing one police officer, pointing a pistol at another and carrying a concealed firearm."

VPC Sources Found:
- http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/humberto-delgado-pleads-not-guilty-in-killing-of-tampa-police-cpl-mike/1036020
- http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/humberto_delgado_documents_released_090109
- http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/tampa-officer-was-on-his-back-when-shot-dead/1032531

6. Steven Anthony Thompson PENDING July 17, 2009

Problems with VPC: Permit-holder says he was acting in self-defense. No mention in story of charges being brought.

7. Narcisse Antoine PENDING June 1, 2009

Problems with VPC: The person killed was “Brandon Hammond”, not “Brandon Thomas”. "Mr. Antoine was clearly acting in self defense in this case," Landers said to Judge Paul Moyle during Antoine's first appearance this morning.
VPC Sources Found: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/06/0606clubarrest.html

UPDATE: Convicted, attempted second degree murder.

8. Andrew Conley PENDING October 24, 2008


Problems with VPC: involuntary manslaughter, boy friend of public defender accidentally shot her to death when he was trying to show her how to use a gun, no evidence of arguing or any other problems.
VPC Sources Found: None

9. James Wonder PENDING August 5, 2008

Problems with VPC: Permit-holder says he acted in self-defense.
Wonder's arrest was announced with great fanfare by authorities, but local lawyers said he may be able to make a strong claim under Florida law that he was within his rights to shoot Pettit. The state's self-defense laws allow people to use deadly force if they are in fear of death or great bodily harm. Criminal defense attorney Fred Haddad said he would have been shocked if Wonder had been charged with anything more severe than manslaughter. He said the possibility that Pettit was the aggressor in a road rage incident would provide Wonder a strong defense. Maister said there should have been no indictment by grand jurors in the first place. "We're a little bit disappointed that they came back with any indictment at all," Maister said. "We thought that this was absolutely self defense."
$10,000 bond
VPC Sources Found:

UPDATE: Appears that case was eventually dropped.

10. William Garrido PENDING July 3, 2008

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought.

11. Max Wesley Horn Jr. ACQUITTED March 29, 2008

http://suncoastpasco.tbo.com/content/2010/jan/28/281434/HORN/ :
Problems with VPC: Martell had been in a brief confrontation with permit-holder’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sam and Kim Dennison, shortly before the shooting. Permit-holder testified he shot Martell only after being punched in the head.

VPC Sources Found:

12. Dam Lopez PENDING March 22, 2008
Problems with VPC: Another couple said they heard girlfriend Villefrade say “Damien, don’t play like that”, and then heard the gunshot. They turned toward Dam Lopez and saw him holding Villefrade up, under her arms. He told them to call 911. Lopez carried Villefrade out of the room and flagged down a man who was staying in a nearby room. The man agreed to drive them to the hospital. Lopez was treated and arrested. VPC Source titled, “Man charged in gun death”, so charges were presumably brought.

Charged with Negligent manslaughter

VPC Sources Found: Cannot be Found

UPDATE: Appears that case was ultimately dropped.

13. Arthur Burroughs SUICIDE March 8, 2008

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought.

14. Tony Villegas PENDING March 5, 2008
Problems with VPC: "deemed incompetent" unable to stand trial. No mention of permit.  Strangled victim.

VPC Sources Found:

15. Charles Podany DISMISSED February 29, 2008

Problems with VPC: The passenger in the truck grew angry. He jumped out, took off his shirt and punched Podany, knocking him to the ground, the sheriff's office said. With his attacker on top of him and about to strike again, Podany was in fear of his life and felt trapped, according to an arrest report written by Deputy Dale Bunten. Podany pulled out his .40-caliber Glock handgun and fired twice, the report says. Casey Landes, 24, of Wesley Chapel was hit in the face and died instantly, Carter said.
Podany, 47, of 10504 Bay Hills Circle, was charged with manslaughter with a firearm. Late Saturday afternoon, he posted $15,000 bail. Afterward, sitting on a bench outside the Orient Road Jail, he declined to comment until conferring with his attorney. Podany has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Carter said. He and Landes did not know each other.

VPC Sources Found: http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/02/Hillsborough/Man_shot_after_speedi.shtml

16. Gabriel Mobley PENDING February 28, 2008
Problems with VPC: Permit-holder said he was acting in self-defense. Accosted by two men, one of who had already thrown a punch.

VPC Sources Found: http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/12/27/1399441/floridas-stand-your-ground-law.html

Motion to dismiss filed in December, 2009

17. Paul Kallenbach CONVICTED February 2008
Problems with VPC: Person shot was a convicted felon, clear possible self-defense story.
the prosecutor pressing charges agree that Kallenbach was in some way defending himself during an escalating altercation between the men caught on the security video at Kwik Stop on the North Trail.

The video shows Kallenbach and Howard in a verbal dispute until Kallenbach, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, pulls a handgun from his fanny pack. Howard starts to back out of the store, but then lunges at the hand with the gun as Kallenbach steps forward.

"People can look at that tape and interpret it two or three different ways," Assistant State Attorney Wendell Darville said. "But there was a clear opportunity for the incident just to subside."

VPC Sources Found: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081213/OPINION/812130329


18. Michael Leopold Phillips SUICIDE January 19, 2008

Problems with VPC: No mention in story of charges being brought. No mention of concealed handgun permit.

VPC Sources Found: None

19. Adam Hill PENDING January 7, 2008

Problems with VPC: Nobody except the VPC says Hill said, “Hey Clayton, you want to get shot?” Charge of second-degree murder was delayed pending completion of competency examination. "They were all goofing off. ... This is in some ways an accidental shooting." said Sergeant Chuck Mulligan.

VPC Sources Found: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/news-article.aspx?storyid=138378

20. Guillermo Zarabozo CONVICTED September 2007

Problems with VPC:

VPC Sources Found: http://www.newsweek.com/2007/09/26/lost-at-sea.html




Blogger Karl said...

Looking forward to your write-up!

6/18/2010 8:15 AM  

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