Zachary Davis is described by his attorney as a ‘troubled child’ who was ‘failed by the system’ setting the jury system up for the ‘pity defense’. Undoubtedly Mr. Davis had a troubled past and undoubtedly he was failed by numerous individuals and institutions, but only one man (child) bears the burden of picking up a sledgehammer and bludgeoning his mother to death while she slept. Then as his older brother slept, he started a fire, in hopes the flames would consume his blood. He was later found by police, with a notebook, that included his confession. He was just recently charged as an adult for the murder of his mother as the Juvenile system in Tennessee determined the boy was beyond their capacity to help. He has of course plead ‘not guilty’.
The rage and anger that must be harbored inside is intense. He is to be pitied in the sense that he lost his father to Lou Gehrig’s disease and to be reviled for the fact he took his pain out on the ones that are supposed to love him.
I wonder how the conversation ensued. I wonder what brought these six young ladies to the point where they thought it would be fun to beat a mentally handicapped woman who was sitting on her stoop in Chester, PA? Apparently boredom had set in, and to amuse themselves they kicked the crap out of a 48 year old woman for over a minute. The first girl just walked up and punched her and then the mob mentality set in as all the young ladies (term used loosely) punched and kicked her. The beating went from the stoop into the woman’s home where they then hit the victim with a steel chair. And because they were so proud of themselves, they opted to post the video of their beat down to Facebook.
This story really epitomizes what The Depraved Indifference is all about. We (society) have devalued human life so much where stories like this aren’t that shocking any more. They are common place. We are living in a society where instead of condemning these acts as strongly and vigorously as we should, we dismiss them.