Thursday, October 29, 2009

Arrestee in Ocoee homeless man's murder
wants more freedom





Joel Boner (center) was attacked outside his tent at an Ocoee homeless camp and stabbed in the back as many as seven times.


John Hawthorne, 19, faces a second-degree murder charge in the Ocoee slaying of homeless man Joel David Boner. He's out awaiting trial on $25,000 bond, wearing a GPS anklet (they call that "electronic supervision"). Now he's asking a judge for a little more leeway.

Right now, Hawthorne is restricted from leaving his house. The problem is that he lives on 25 acres, and can't help his family maintain the property, his attorney argued in a motion.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here. And see previous post here.

More posts: Check out the post about Joel Boner's family at Ericka Courtneys News Challenge. And don't miss Justice for Joel Boner.

3 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, OpenID slohomeless said...

Perhaps, Mr. Hawthorne should have considered what impact his actions were going to have on his family before he stabbed Mr. Boner.

I find it rather inane that the Orlando Sentinal choose to use the word "problem" with regards the Hawthorne family living on 25 acres. Contrast that with the fact that Mr. Boner was homeless and living in a tent.

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger pinky said...

Thank you for posting this story.

We are beginning to wonder what will come of it in the court system---seems like just another murder in the Orange County cesspool. But empathetic people like you and Ericka have helped keep the story alive.

Nothing has made since from day 1.
We are all devastated.
Joel's life has been taken--nothing can ever bring him back.
John Hawthorne and Cameron Milner took his life.
No amount of lies to the police can change what they did.

 
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