Why did 16-year-old Robert Richardson shoot his father at their Bel Air home and drive the body to a pond on property belonging to a relative in Aberdeen? Having admitted to police that he killed his father, what defense might there be for a boy whose age makes him a minor but who now faces murder charges as an adult?
These are among the questions that have sparked a groundswell of community support since Richardson’s arrest on Jan. 10, including the creation of a Facebook page with nearly 700 fans, a YouTube video, and a fundraising website where donations for Richardson’s defense total more than $2,700.
The Facebook page “Free Robert (Bob) Richardson III” has attracted people who know the C. Milton Wright High School student and who said that he lost his mother to cancer years ago and allege that he was abused both physically and emotionally by his father, Robert C. Richardson, Jr. Others say they don’t know Bob Richardson but are haunted by his case and want to ensure he has the best possible defense. Richardson has been represented thus far by a public defender.
Richardson is charged in connection with the shooting death of his father with first- and second-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. He was denied bail on January 11 and is currently being held in the Harford County Detention Center.
The following information is from the “Free Robert (Bob) Richardson III” Facebook page, including the link to the fundraising web site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Robert-Bob-Richardson-III/275963722462829?sk=info
About: On Jan 9 2012, Robert killed his father, and was caught by police the next day. Robert was driven to desperation by years of alleged abuse and neglect, witnessed by many friends and family.
Description: Robert was constantly seen with bruises, or in clothes that didnt fit. He lived with his father, Robert Richardson Jr. (58) who allegedly abused him, verbally, mentally, and physically. Bob is a great friend and was driven to desperation from the 16 years of alleged abuse by his father. When he believed he had no other choice, he shot and killed his father. Many friends, and some family are coming forward with stories that they witnessed abuse, or unusual, unexplained marks, etc. We believe that Robert is innocent of murder, and that his case should be remanded to the juvenile courts, where he is more likely to get the help he needs. We have set up this page as a show of our support for Bob.
if you’re wondering how to help, please visit this website to make a donation
or mail bob at
Harford County Detention Center
P.O. Box 1245
Bel Air MD 21014
A YouTube video about Bob Richardson can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KxILjOa2hY