Thursday, August 10, 2006

Black man kills white teen by shooting him in the face

Associated Press:

A recent high school graduate was fatally shot in the face by the father of a teenager following an argument after the man’s son was asked to leave a party, police said Thursday.

Daniel Cicciaro, 17, of Port Jefferson Station, was declared dead at John T. Mather Hospital after suffering a single gunshot to the face following a dispute outside the Miller Place home of John White and his 19-year-old son, Aaron, said Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Suffolk County Police homicide squad.

White, 53, was ordered held without bail on a second-degree murder charge at his arraignment Thursday morning in First District Court in Central Islip, said a spokeswoman for District Attorney Thomas Spota. He was due back in court next Wednesday.

Police believe the altercation began Wednesday night, when Aaron White was asked to leave a party in Sound Beach. A teenage girl at the party also made accusations that White had previously written vulgar remarks about her in an Internet chat room, Fitzgerald said, possibly adding to the intensity of the dispute.

After White left the party, a series of cell phone calls between White and Cicciaro escalated the argument. “It apparently became more and more confrontational as the calls went on,” Fitzpatrick said.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Cicciaro and four friends arrived at White’s home, where they were met by the teenager and his father who were exiting their garage. The younger White was armed with a shotgun and his father was carrying an unlicensed semiautomatic handgun, police said.

As the dispute deteriorated, Cicciaro was shot once in the face by the elder White.

Cicciaro’s friends then placed him in their car and took him to the hospital, where he was declared dead.

White was arrested at his home a short while later without incident, police said.

“This is just a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said Andrew Siben, one of White’s attorneys who suggested the altercation may have been “racially motivated.” White is black and the victim is white.

“We are hopeful that when all the facts come out, the district attorney will take a different view,” Siben said.

Fitzpatrick, however, said police do not consider the shooting a bias crime.

A spokeswoman at Newfield High School confirmed that Cicciaro was a June graduate, but declined further comment.

Of course, if the victim had been black and the murderer white then the police would almost certainly be treating this case as a hate crime.


At 11:10 AM, Blogger Nerdbeard said...

Holy crap, do the technical minuntae of how it is prosecuted really matter? I mean hell, you read this article, and that is all you are moved to add? Get a grip!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

Exactly what problem do you have with my post?

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about firing a shot in the air and callin a cop? fry him asap

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to add one thing here.I guarantee the only reason this guy wasnt served royally Already,and was let out on bail is because no one wants to be racist scape goat.If the judge or D A hammer him everyones gonna cry racist.So theyre gonna be easy on him to avoid the pressure.And thats a crying shame.If the colors were reversed,the white man would never had gotten bail!!! And if he did it would have been in the millions!!Not 100k! This is ABSOLUTLY TOTALLY ABSURD AND SICKENING I WANT TO PUKE RIGHT NOW .
The judge knew he couild make 100k bail,he ownes a home.If it were a white man in the same position,the bail would have been UN OBTAINABLE! i GUAR AN TEEEE IT!!!
Im a "law student"so to say and I see this stuff everyday.The system is not perfect,it is like fish net with huge holes handled by people with no hands if u get my drift.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DA and the defence are friends for 18 years,the deals are arlready in place,the killer will plead guilty to manslaughter and beg the court for mercy next oct and get the gun charge dropped to menacing cause thats our justice system,its who has the deepest pockets.Then the killer will be out on probation and then will have to watch over his shoulder the rest of his life cause you never know what could happen.Sorry f kin bastard

At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignorant comments and I laugh at them ... and just for the update , He plead NOT GUILTY and HIS JOB HELP PUT UP MOST OF THE 100K BOND.. and stop playin if it was a white guy he would have gotten the same or lesser bond ... the only thing you gotta do is worry about Al Sharpton

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree with Mr. Whites actions. those kids should have never went to his house. they went there looking for trouble, he was protectiong himself. not that it makes a difference, but i am a white man.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger sidney said...

I am sure if you search the annals of American jurisprudence you will find that crimes committed by whites against blacks are far more numerous. That said if you come to my door threatening me or my family you will eat one too, black, white or other.

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no matter what the color those teens were not going to Mr. White's house for prayer meeting. It's sad what happened because a young man lost his life. An


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