14 Year-Old Boy Kills His Step-Sister in Her Sleep: Another Case of Prescription Drugs Contributing to Murder?

“A 15-year-old Georgia boy was sentenced to life in prison Friday after pleading guilty to murder after shooting his stepsister in the head 10 times while she was asleep on the couch.

Ga. Teen Gets Life in Prison For Shooting Stepsister 10 Times in Head While Sleep

Eric Whitehead, then 14, told investigators he had a dream Aug. 7, 2009 that he and his 22-year-old sister, Trish Troglen, were arguing, reports CBS affiliate WRDW. Whitehead reportedly woke up enraged, took a rifle from his stepfather’s room, and shot his stepsister in the head 10 times while she was napping on the sofa.”

Shortly after the shooting, investigators said Whitehead told them he considered Troglen to be his best friend. Investigators say Whitehead had a history of psychiatric problems.

Whitehead’s biological father told WRDW that he believed “teenage hormones and peer pressures led to all that went wrong.”

The father is displaying a typical example of the human denial system here.  Teenage hormones and peer pressure don’t cause murder. If this boy was on any medication for mental health problems, then I hope that the father investigates the side-effects of the drugs.  There is always a possibility that domestic dysfunction contributed to the boy’s violence, but drug companies need to be held accountable.

Whitehead was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years.



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