Sunday, August 19, 2007

Father Accused of Shooting Daughter's Boyfriend After Finding Him in Closet

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A man accused of shooting and paralyzing his daughter's boyfriend has been charged with first-degree battery and a terroristic act.

George David Reed, 48, of Highfill was arrested July 31 in the shooting of Michael Austin Guzman, 19.

Reed was charged Friday in Benton County Circuit Court and is free on a $150,000 bond. His arraignment is set for Sept. 10.

Authorities say Reed came home and found Guzman hiding in the closet of his 17-year-old daughter's bedroom. Police said Reed beat Guzman with a pool stick, then left the room to retrieve a gun. Guzman and his girlfriend blocked the bedroom door with a dresser, and Reed began shooting through the door, police said.

A bullet struck Guzman in the back and lodged in his spinal cord, fracturing three vertebrae. Doctors don't expect Guzman to regain any feeling or mobility below his waist, authorities said.

If convicted, Reed faces up to life in prison."

His big mistake was leaving the room then returning. He walks in with the gun in the first place, then throws himself on the mercy of a jury that believes it was in the heat of rage. Not that he'll do anything close to life. This IS Arkansas and men are still allowed to freak a little over their daughters. Shooting through the door was really a dumb ass thing to do though. Can't say what I'd do in a similar situation, but tossing caps blindly isn't the best way to preserve your daughters honor. Could just as easily have shot her, but this sounds an awful lot like he really didn't care who took the lead.

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