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    Right Here on LI- armed 18 year old Defends Mom from Attacking Intruder with Gun

    Kid was cleared by a Grand Jury, where he was no billed, meaning it was determined to be a good shoot. Mom should be proud of her son, but make better life choices as far as boyfriends and names for kids..

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...780?pts=678899

    A Suffolk grand jury declined to indict an Amityville teenager who shot his mother’s boyfriend to death last week, finding that the killing was a legal act of self-defense.

    Tephonte Smith, 18, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Rashad Woolridge, 28, on Aug. 16. He was freed after the grand jury declined to indict and returned a no true bill on Friday.

    “On behalf of Mr. Smith and his family, we’re obviously thankful the system worked,” said his attorney, George Duncan of Central Islip. “We’re grateful the grand jury and the police and the district attorney all did their jobs.”

    The Suffolk district attorney’s office confirmed the no true bill and gave a synopsis

    of what happened in the home that Smith and Woolridge shared with Smith’s mother, Stephanie Sims, 33, but otherwise declined to comment.

    Duncan and the district attorney’s office said the incident began around noon with a fight between Woolridge and Sims, the latest in a occasionally violent relationship. There was an order of protection in effect at the time directing Woolridge to not contact Sims.

    Smith physically broke up the fight between his mother and her boyfriend. Woolridge left the house and Smith went back to his bedroom in the basement.

    Less than 10 minutes later, Woolridge came back in the house and went to the basement yelling for Smith.

    In a statement filed in court, Sims said she heard Woolridge yell in the basement, “Where you at, Tephonte?” Then she said she heard a shot.

    “I ran downstairs and saw Rashad lying face down on the floor,” she said in the statement to police.

    Smith had shot Woolridge in the neck with a shotgun. When police came to the scene, they found Woolridge dead with a loaded handgun still in his hand and the shotgun on the floor nearby.

    Smith, who had no criminal record, surrendered to the police later that day with Duncan, his grandfather and his pastor.
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    “It’s a loss for everyone involved,” Duncan said, including Smith.

    “He’s still upset over the incident,” Duncan said. “He’s known the deceased a long time. He’s shocked and horrified.”

    Sims also is still coping with what happened, Duncan said.

    “She’s still in mourning and upset about her loss, but she’s grateful her son is safe,” Duncan said.

    Both Smith and Sims were unavailable for comment.



    Ballistic: "Grif... You are my legal eagle spirit animal...."

    #2
    Proud to see the kid defend himself. Could have been very tragic otherwise.

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      #3
      Wonder why he took off and left his mom in the house with the boyfriend's head...hanging by a flap of skin, I'd imagine.

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        #4
        In Texas, this would have never made it to court, no arrest, just a statement and "OK Kid, we'll clean up the mess".

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          #5
          Great job by the G.J.
          "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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            #6
            Police cover up!!!!!! BLM! BLM! A black man was killed! Burn-Loot-Assault-Destroy! Oh wait it doesn't fit a narrative.

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              #7
              Hmmmm... Mother is 33, son is 18, boyfriend is...was 28...
              Why do these numbers make me go "hmmmm"

              DERP! I get it, the boyfriend wasn't the baby daddy! Because that would make the mother 15 when she had the kid and the boyfriend 10! Besides, the last names aren't the same...
              SHADAP VARMINT!

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                #8
                Actually those numbers do line up in certain Hamlets of LI.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Mad Russian View Post
                  Hmmmm... Mother is 33, son is 18, boyfriend is...was 28...
                  Why do these numbers make me go "hmmmm"

                  DERP! I get it, the boyfriend wasn't the baby daddy! Because that would make the mother 15 when she had the kid and the boyfriend 10! Besides, the last names aren't the same...
                  I was doing the math on that one too
                  III%

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                    #10
                    The ridiculous thing is that Suffolk County tried to indict the son. That is the piece that's an embarrassment and should teach us all we need to know about the state of affairs in this county. Smh

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by E View Post
                      The ridiculous thing is that Suffolk County tried to indict the son. That is the piece that's an embarrassment and should teach us all we need to know about the state of affairs in this county. Smh
                      I was thinking the same thing..."Less than 10 minutes later, Woolridge came back in the house and went to the basement yelling for Smith.

                      In a statement filed in court, Sims said she heard Woolridge yell in the basement, “Where you at, Tephonte?” Then she said she heard a shot.

                      Smith had shot Woolridge in the neck with a shotgun. When police came to the scene, they found Woolridge dead with a loaded handgun still in his hand and the shotgun on the floor nearby."


                      Nassau probably wouldnt have been any different. Bastards.

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                        #12
                        "Tephonte" ...... Mmmmmmm Okay.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Mad Russian View Post
                          Hmmmm... Mother is 33, son is 18, boyfriend is...was 28...
                          Why do these numbers make me go "hmmmm"

                          DERP! I get it, the boyfriend wasn't the baby daddy! Because that would make the mother 15 when she had the kid and the boyfriend 10! Besides, the last names aren't the same...
                          You're forgetting where this happened.... "Amityville" probably means NORTH Amityville.... 'nuff said.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by E View Post
                            The ridiculous thing is that Suffolk County tried to indict the son. That is the piece that's an embarrassment and should teach us all we need to know about the state of affairs in this county. Smh
                            I agree, but this has become the norm in downstate NY for a long time now. Making the arrest and running it through the Grand Jury is just a CYA move. Police shootings often go through the GJ also.
                            “The Wise are silent, the Foolish speak, and children are thus led astray.”
                            Algernon Blackwood

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by E View Post
                              The ridiculous thing is that Suffolk County tried to indict the son. That is the piece that's an embarrassment and should teach us all we need to know about the state of affairs in this county. Smh
                              Dan is spot on. And just because they present something in the Grand Jury does not mean they are REALLY trying to indict the person.

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