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Petzoldt waives right to hearing on manslaughter charge

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Christopher D. Petzoldt, charged with involuntary manslaughter related to a car accident that killed his cousin, 18-year-old Jacob A. Weber, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Perry County Courthouse. Petzoldt will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Jan. 25.

The accident occurred in the early hours of Nov. 11 as the cousins returned from deer hunting. Breathalyzer tests taken at the scene showed Petzoldt had a blood-alcohol level of .087, and according to a probably cause statement neither teen was wearing a seat belt. Weber died later at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Petzoldt is of Glendale Heights, Ill., and Weber was a student at Saxony Lutheran High School. His family lives in Frohna, Mo.

Prosecuting attorney Tom Hoeh upgraded charges from second-degree assault to involuntary manslaughter in late November.

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I dont agree with Involuntary...it should be Voluntary.....did someone hold a gun to his head and force him to drink? And then hold a gun to his head and force him to drive?

-- Posted by CapeCop on Tue, Jan 22, 2008, at 10:06 PM

I am fairly certain he had intent to drink, I am also fairly certain he had intent to drive, but I am positive he did not have intent to kill. So Voluntary manslaughter, that is not appropriate. The judicial system will do their job. But in the end no one wins. Very tragic incident for everyone close to these individuals.

-- Posted by two9er on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 10:35 AM

The punishment will be to deter others from doing the same thing. The judicial system can't punish this kid anymore than he will punish himself during his life. Imagine killing a good friend... and a cousin.

-- Posted by elcodirksfan on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 10:45 AM

Voluntary is not appropriate! Any educated adult knows that children of these ages don't think past their front toes. Two lives and many friends and family are unmistakably effected greatly. No one held a gun to this boys head when he made those choices but unfortunately the reality of losing a life wasn't in his thoughts either, I am sure if we could turn back time and ask this "young" man if wanted to intentionaly set out to do this to his cousin he would with out a doubt have told you no. Have a little compassion. He will pay for his crime and unfortunately live in his own private hell until he finds a way to deal with what has happened. Our hope in society is to somehow right the wrong and maybe save someone elses life. Maybe this will save his.

-- Posted by momsobusy on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:32 AM


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