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Video games seized from teen’s home
Baker - Zachary bureau
Published: Jun 3, 2006
ST. FRANCISVILLE — Acting on a Florida lawyer’s suggestion that violent video games may have figured in Tuesday’s slaying of a West Feliciana Parish man, sheriff’s deputies searched the home of one teenage suspect again on Thursday.
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Spence Dilworth said deputies seized several video games rated “M” for “Mature” from the residence of Kurt Edward Neher, 16, but the detective said he is not drawing any conclusions from his findings.
“I think it goes beyond video games, but who’s to say?” Dilworth said of the slaying of Michael Gore, 55, of 10077 La. 421, St. Francisville.
Dilworth said the question of whether video games can spark violence in juvenile players may be “more of a debate for the living room rather than the courtroom.”
Video games rated “M” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board have content that may be suitable for people 17 years of age and older. Such titles may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content or strong language, according to the board’s Web site.
Neher, whose mother has a mobile home parked on Gore’s property, and Hunter Everette, 17, of Denham Springs, were booked with first-degree murder and armed robbery on Wednesday.
A judge on Thursday found cause to transfer Neher’s case from Juvenile Court to District Court where he will be tried as an adult.
Jack Thompson of Coral Gables, Fla., said Friday he suggested that West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s detectives look at the violent video game angle as a possible motive because published reports of Gore’s injuries “raised a red flag” in his, Thompson’s, mind.
Thompson is active in efforts to ban obscenity and violence in various media and has filed lawsuits alleging connections between violent crimes and video games.
Thompson testified before the Louisiana Legislature last month on behalf of a bill by Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, to ban the sale of violent games to buyers younger than 18.
House Bill 1381 won approval in the House, 102-0, and cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday. It now awaits action by the full Senate.
Thompson said published reports that Neher told detectives he and Everette killed Gore because Gore would not let them borrow his car follows “the same scenario in (the video) ‘Grand Theft Auto.’ ”