sierra vista, Ariz.
Boy, 12, found guilty in mother’s shooting
A 12-year-old boy who fatally shot his mother after an argument over his chores was found guilty of premeditated murder.
Judge James Conlogue found the boy guilty after a hearing Friday in Cochise County Superior Court in the southern Arizona town of Bisbee. The boy is not being identified because he was charged as a juvenile.
Conlogue ruled that prosecutors had proved the boy acted intentionally and with premeditation when he shot Sara Madrid, 34, eight times on Aug. 1. The shooting happened after the boy had argued with his mother over his chores.
Madrid had left the family home after the argument, and the boy got a .22-caliber pistol from her bedroom closet, waited for her to return and then repeatedly shot her, according to court testimony.
Madrid’s live-in boyfriend of 10 years, Alfonso Munoz, witnessed the shooting and said the boy gave him the empty gun afterward.
Munoz, who helped raise the boy, said he had taught the child how to use the weapon for emergencies and self-defense.
The boy’s lawyer, Sanford Edleman, had argued that the boy did not intend to kill his mother but only wanted to get back at her for abusing him.
Police said the boy told them his mother yelled at him and slapped him. Under Arizona law, the boy can only be held until he turns 18. Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif.
Old-school surf club sues over logo use
Surviving members of the 1930s-era Santa Cruz Surfing Club are suing the grandson of an original club member for illegally profiting from the use of its popular logo.
The old-school surfers filed suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday in an effort to legally reclaim the rights to its logo.
The grandson, Ryan Rittenhouse, trademarked the logo in 2004, after Levi Strauss used it on a popular T-shirt. Levi’s donated proceeds to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.
Rittenhouse has since sold apparel featuring the logo, and club members say they have not seen any proceeds. They traditionally used the logo to raise money for the financially struggling museum.
In a written response to the lawsuit, Rittenhouse proposed that he run the Surfing Museum as a for-profit business where he would sell his shirts and have the original club members work as volunteers.
Club spokesman Dan Young said the offer is unacceptable.
Groups charged in death of freshman
A fraternity and sorority at Utah State University were charged with felony hazing after an 18-year-old freshman pledge died of alcohol poisoning.
The school’s chapters of the Sigma Nu fraternity and Chi Omega sorority were each charged Friday with one count of third-degree felony hazing for their involvement with the death of Michael Starks.
Prosecutors also filed misdemeanor hazing charges against 12 students, including the chapter president of Sigma Nu.
The students face a year in jail if convicted, while punishment for the chapters is unclear.