Georgia grand jury refuses to bring murder charges against 15-year-old boy who shot his abusive, alcoholic father dead because he'd 'h
Georgia grand jury refuses to bring murder charges against 15-year-old boy who shot his abusive, alcoholic father dead because he’d ‘had enough’ of watching him beat up his mother
- Tucker Gales, 15, shot his father Wesley in the head last October after watching him beat his mother, Deborah
- Police had been called to the home multiple times on domestic violence calls
- Wesley punched Deborah in the head and kicked her in her groin
- Tucker shot him with a .22 semi-automatic assault rifle then was arrested
- He was granted bond while prosecutors weighed whether or not to charge him
- The grand jury decided on Wednesday not to charge the teen
- The DA agreed with the decision, saying it represents the ‘wisdom’ of the community
A grand jury has decided not to bring murder charges against a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his abusive father because he’d ‘had enough’ of watching him beat up his mother.
Tucker Gales shot his father Wesley last October after watching him punch his mother Deborah and kick her in the head in their home on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia.
The 15-year-old used a .22 rifle and shot his father, who’d been arrested for domestic abuse multiple times, in the head.
When sheriffs arrived at the home, Tucker admitted that he’d shot his father.
He said he’d ‘had enough’ of seeing him beat his mother, and that he also suffered abuse from him.
Tucker Gales shot his father Wesley last October after watching him punch his mother Deborah and kick her in the head in their home on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia. He is shown in a photo shared by family and friends, left, and in his mugshot, right
The teen was arrested for murder and taken to jail but was granted bond and allowed to return home while prosecutors weighed whether or not to charge him.
The case was turned over to a grand jury, but that grand jury decided on Wednesday not to bring charges against the teenager.
Wesley Gales had been arrested for domestic violence on multiple occasions. He was an alcoholic and beat his ex-wife in front of their son regularly
District Attorney Bobby Christine said that the decision represented ‘the combined wisdom of our community’.
Friends of the family had launched petitions and a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help the teenager with a potential legal fund.
The page raised $10,000 of its $75,000 target.
Previous local media reports describe some of the abuse Wesley subject his ex-wife, Deborah, too.
In one instance of abuse, he kicked her in the groin and punched her.
Sarah Hensley, the mother of one of Tucker’s friends, told WJBF previously: ‘For a 15-year-old boy that situation seems hopeless and he felt that he had to take matters into is own hands and our hearts are breaking for him.
‘I think our community needs to rally around him and show how much he’s loved and to not be ashamed.’
Another friend said he would often show up at school with bruises on his arms.