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Peter Jones
Peter Jones

PETER JONES, a 17-year-old white male from a lower-middle-class background, was arrested within five hours of killing his father. He shot his father twice in the back of the neck and once just behind the ear with a .22 caliber rifle as the man sat watching television in the middle of the night. Peter told a law enforcement officer when he was arrested that his father had constantly beaten him and his mother and had threatened to kill him the evening of the shooting. Shortly after Peter's arrest, Mrs. Jones corroborated her son's statements that the father had repeatedly beaten them both.

In the state in which this homicide occurred, charges of first-degree murder could be brought only by the grand jury; in ...

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