The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Byron Shane Carpenter isn't dead.

Not my usual crime related post, but this one just annoyed me more than you can imagine.

Those reading Byron Shane Carpenter's obit were probably divided on their feelings. Those that knew and loved him may have felt some pain and grief over their sudden loss. But something tells me that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was less than impressed, and more angry than sad.

Carpenter filed the fake obit, then waited just long enough to ensure that a few people had seen it before prompting his wife to call his lawyer crying and inform him that Carpenter had been in a fatal car accident in order to avoid going to court.

It is ironic that Carpenter would choose "fake fatal accident" as his means of fake death- especially given that his upcoming court date was related to charges that while driving drunk, Carpenter struck another car, killing a woman.

Carpenter faces charges of homicide by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxicated from a 2006 crash in Edgewood that killed a woman and severely injured her elderly stepfather.

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