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  • mrschizzy Mar 28, 3:11 p.m.

    DSalter - the prosecutor wasn't referring to what happened to the victims as a figment of their imagination. They are saying that the defendant who blamed this unknown man named "BJ" that this "BJ" character is a figment of the defendants imagination.

  • golorealist Mar 28, 1:40 p.m.

    re: homeowner's using guns for defense vs homeowner's guns being used against them -

    i read a heck of a lot more stories about homeowners successfully defending their homes with guns than i do about homeowners having their guns used against them. hyperbole and anecdotal evidence is nice when you're working with figments of imaginations, but they don't hold up very well in the real world.

  • nicolle Mar 28, 1:37 p.m.

    no eye witnesses? how about the victims?

    — Posted by golorealist

    My thoughts exactly. To say it's an insult to the victims is an understatement.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 28, 1:15 p.m.

    "State: Home invasion suspect blamed 'figment of imagination'"

    Geez, how convenient for him.
    pfffttt
    Life in prison, with no possibility of parole.
    PERIOD!!!

  • Dnut Mar 28, 11:48 a.m.

    innocent bystander 3 Mar 28, 11:37 a.m.
    "That was a different robbery, and the former poster made it sound like, this particular robbery that the victims had a firearm and it was TAKEN from them, which is NOT true."-DNUT

    True. It was the previous homeowner whose own guns were taken and used against them in that robbery. And also used against the Beyers. Point being, the homeowners having guns not only failed to prevent the crimes, it actually facilitated them.

    A dog would have been better, as one of these criminals actually told his victim, if you read the story. A criminal can't take your own dog and turn it against you.
    >>>Untrained homeowner, or they got snuck! But studies show more than not, a firearm is usally the best method of defending you and your home.

  • Dnut Mar 28, 11:42 a.m.

    innocent bystander 3 Mar 28, 11:17 a.m.
    BOTH of their previous victims had guns, which is where these two criminals got them in the first place.
    >>>But YOU don't know the circumstances, did they TAKE it from the former victims while in defense of themselves? Did the perps BRING a firearm/firearms originally, overtake the victims and then take there firearms.....questions you should ask before stating something that makes people think that firearms are not reliable for self defense. Just sayin'''

  • innocent bystander 3 Mar 28, 11:37 a.m.

    "That was a different robbery, and the former poster made it sound like, this particular robbery that the victims had a firearm and it was TAKEN from them, which is NOT true."-DNUT

    True. It was the previous homeowner whose own guns were taken and used against them in that robbery. And also used against the Beyers. Point being, the homeowners having guns not only failed to prevent the crimes, it actually facilitated them.

    A dog would have been better, as one of these criminals actually told his victim, if you read the story. A criminal can't take your own dog and turn it against you.

  • twhit344 Mar 28, 11:36 a.m.

    Hang them in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Maybe that would deter or make animals like this think before they do these things.

  • innocent bystander 3 Mar 28, 11:17 a.m.

    The reason they committed multiple offenses? Because no one had a weapon to stop them the first... View More

    — Posted by virtualbiblestudy

    From a previous story:

    "The woman managed to escape – sprinting to a next-door neighbor's home for help, and as she reached the steps of the neighbor's home, she heard the gunshot that hit her husband in his spine. Police later found the .25 Raven – from Lovick's house – and a black .380 Llama stolen during a Dec. 26, 2012, burglary at a home on Hatton Way. The suspects used both weapons in the Oakwood case, Zellinger said. The stun gun, which was used on both couples, was stolen from the first burglary on Toccopola Street – also on Dec. 26, 2012."

    BOTH of their previous victims had guns, which is where these two criminals got them in the first place.

  • rickandlinda88 Mar 28, 11:17 a.m.

    the defense lawyer has done all he can to assure that he can appeal this trial/verdict.also he is trying to prepare the way for a mistrial for this guy's brother.if he by whatever means necessary can get jurys to not sentence these 2 animals to death,then he has won..

  • Dnut Mar 28, 11:15 a.m.

    Lightfoot3 Mar 28, 9:16 a.m.
    "Had the homeowner had a gun this might have turned out different" - reel4fun
    Or a dog, or an alarm system, or judo lessons, etc. Definitely scary. I've got a gun, but would hate to wake up with a gun in my face.
    ">>>Apparently YOU don't know what your talking about!" - Dnut
    According to the police, they stole a .25-caliber Raven pistol during the Dec. 30 home invasion. Are you saying that is not correct?
    >>>That was a different robbery, and the former poster made it sound like, this particular robbery that the victims had a firearm and it was TAKEN from them, which is NOT true.

  • 247 Mar 28, 10:46 a.m.

    Hmm if BJ did exist wouldnt the police have seen him in the car and mentioned this tidbit of info!? Come on man......

  • diana123 Mar 28, 10:14 a.m.

    suit and ties. what a laugh. he'll have fun in prison.

  • tatermommy52 Mar 28, 9:39 a.m.

    At what point in law school is LSD introduced.

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 28, 9:16 a.m.

    "Had the homeowner had a gun this might have turned out different" - reel4fun


    Or a dog, or an alarm system, or judo lessons, etc. Definitely scary. I've got a gun, but would hate to wake up with a gun in my face.


    ">>>Apparently YOU don't know what your talking about!" - Dnut


    According to the police, they stole a .25-caliber Raven pistol during the Dec. 30 home invasion. Are you saying that is not correct?

  • dsalter Mar 28, 9:10 a.m.

    A man paralyzed for life? His wife sexually assaulted? And this is a figment of imagination? Get real counselor.

  • reel4fun Mar 28, 8:28 a.m.

    Had the homeowner had a gun this might have turned out different.......why is it so hard to want to defend yourself or your wife and children........I am sure these two people said "That would never happen to us". Well chances are it won't .....but why risk their lives and yours.

  • Dnut Mar 28, 8:28 a.m.

    Kaitlyn Mar 27, 3:21 p.m.
    The reason they committed multiple offenses? Because no one had a weapon to stop them the first... View More
    — Posted by virtualbiblestudy
    The reason they committed multiple offenses? Because no one had a weapon to stop them the first time!
    — Posted by virtualbiblestudy
    Apparently one of the victims did have a gun but they stole it from him.

    >>>Apparently YOU don't know what your talking about!

  • vt94hokies Mar 27, 3:44 p.m.

    What a farce?

  • Kaitlyn Mar 27, 3:21 p.m.

    The reason they committed multiple offenses? Because no one had a weapon to stop them the first... View More

    — Posted by virtualbiblestudy

    Apparently one of the victims did have a gun but they stole it from him.

  • Naysayer Mar 27, 3:05 p.m.

    So sounds like they are setting this up for to claim insanity/mental illness. Just because these 2 brothers are slow, does not mean that they don't understand right from wrong.

  • glarg Mar 27, 2:42 p.m.

    How plausible is it that Jahaad Marshall would meet up with someone named BJ, not know his actual name, where he lived, who he knew and who knew him, or phone number or ay other contact information.

    And then decide to go on a violent home invasion, robbery spree with the guy? If you barely know him, why go in so deep with him? Sure, your brother makes sense, but a near stranger???

    This just isnt plausible.

    Attorney Deonte Thomas never mentioned "B.J." during his 40-minute closing argument, nor did he refer to any other aspect of his client's two-hour testimony from Wednesday when Thomas repeatedly asked the judge to remove him from the case because he knew his client would lie on the witness stand.

    Hopefully not grounds for an appeal.

  • virtualbiblestudy Mar 27, 2:36 p.m.

    The reason they committed multiple offenses? Because no one had a weapon to stop them the first time!

  • Trixie Mar 27, 2:29 p.m.

    No remorse. And will even throw his own brother under the bus to save his hide. Nice

  • kenshi Mar 27, 2:26 p.m.

    No figment. He has been brought up to lie, and that sentiment is perpetuated by a lying (p)resident

    — Posted by A person

    You mean every President that the US has ever had? They have all lied.

  • beach2011 Mar 27, 2:26 p.m.

    I am praying he is not let go and on the streets again to hurt anyone else!!!

  • golorealist Mar 27, 2:20 p.m.

    no eye witnesses? how about the victims?

  • LetsBeFair Mar 27, 2:17 p.m.

    these guys convince everyone they are just plain dangerous.

  • gotnoid Mar 27, 2:15 p.m.

    In the words of John Wayne:
    "life is tough and even tougher if your are stupid."
    Quote really fits this situation.

  • busyb97 Mar 27, 1:52 p.m.

    What a stand up guy...he claims to have just driven the get away car, leaving his 17 yr old brother to take the brunt.

  • LetsBeFair Mar 27, 1:48 p.m.

    lire lire pants on fire !!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 27, 1:48 p.m.

    After being identified by both the witnesses, I can't believe not only did the accused but even his attorney tried this defense when there are "temporary insanity" and "beaten as a child" defenses that would have been better, though I doubt even those would have worked.
    smh

  • LetsBeFair Mar 27, 1:33 p.m.

    If faced with eye witnesses placing you and family at the scene all dirty ... get on the stand and LIE !!! ... even while his own attorney is saying he's lying!

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