From the solidly Democratic City of Brotherly Love:
Police say an alleged teenage gunman has surrendered in connection with the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia’s Overbrook section last week.
15-year-old Tyfine Hamilton turned himself in early Friday morning. Already in custody is Hamilton’s Overbrook High School classmate Brandon Smith, also 15, and a third boy who remains unnamed.
Both Hamilton and Smith are charged with murder, robbery and related charges.
The third boy, who is 14-years-old, is facing lesser charges and will be tried as a juvenile.
Police sources tell Action News that all three have confessed, and that they have a lead now on where the murder weapon is located.
It was just before 8:30 p.m. last Thursday when 51-year-old James Stuhlman was walking his dog on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue.
That’s when police say he was approached by three juveniles attempting a robbery. Police say Stuhlman pleaded for his life, saying, “Please don’t shoot me. Please don’t shoot me.” But he was still shot once in the chest.
The suspects ran off, without taking any of Stuhlman’s belongings.
“Which makes this even more senseless, and even more troubling,” said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark, “that nothing was taken at all and he lost his life.”
Barack Obama won’t be attending Stuhlman’s memorial service. Don’t expect Eric Holder to be announcing any federal investigations of this incident. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Al Sharpton to arrive in Philly and start leading protest marches. Other than possibly Fox News you won’t be seeing this story on the evening news unless you live in the local area. Nobody will be looting any convenience stores because of this.
The article doesn’t mention Stuhlman’s race or show his picture. I had to google his name to find the one up above.
An African-American man is found hanging from a tree in the Mississippi woods with bedsheets around his neck attached to a limb 15 feet above the ground. There’s no chair in sight. His feet are 2 to 3 feet off the ground. His hands are not bound.
Is this a suicide? Or is it a lynching — a shadow from the South’s history of racial violence re-emerging?
Those were the big questions Friday, one day after authorities found a man’s body with bedsheets around his neck in Port Gibson, a small town of just over 1,500 people in rural Claiborne County, about 60 miles southwest of Jackson, the state capital.
Evidence collected so far doesn’t suggest foul play in the death, law enforcement officials said. For that reason, suicide is the early theory as the likely manner of death, the officials said.
Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas on Friday identified the man as Otis Byrd. Even though authorities have confirmed his name, they still have a lot of work ahead to figure out how Byrd died and who is responsible.
Mississippi NAACP chapter President Derrick Johnson issued a statement calling on “federal authorities to immediately investigate the hanging death of Mr. Otis Byrd.”
The FBI already is looking into any federal civil rights violations and has a forensics team on the scene. The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi are also investigating, according to a spokeswoman for the Justice Department.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also is investigating.
The last recorded racial lynching in the United States took place in Alabama 34 years ago yesterday. Three KKK members were convicted of the crime. One was executed and the other two are serving life in prison. With the help of the SPLC the victims mother sued the KKK and won a $7 million judgment.
But wait! There’s more!
A family member who did not want to be identified said Byrd was not acting out of the ordinary in the days before he went missing.
He went to church, he worked and occasionally ventured to a casino, according to the family member, who described Byrd as a “good, hardworking man.”
Byrd had been in prison. He was convicted in 1980 of murdering a woman, but was paroled in 2006, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.