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More than 200 people have joined the Facebook group rallying in support of Robert Richardson III, age 16, who is charged as an adult with the murder of his father.

A classmate of Robert Richardson III created a "Free Robert (Bob) Richardson III" Facebook page urging support for the Bel Air teen who is .

Police allege that the younger Richardson, 16, shot and killed his father, Robert Richardson Jr., at the family home on 800 block of Moores Mill Road in Bel Air, on Jan. 9.  Richardson III was arrested a short time, admitted to the killing and told police where he had hidden his father's body, police said.

The Facebook page supporting Richardson III had 240 fans as of 1 p.m. Tuesday and included a recent post about supporting the teen at his , where he waived his right to the hearing.

Four women were at the hearing to show support because of the Facebook page, joining the Bel Air teen's sister and other friends of the family.

"We're just trying to show him there are adults who care," Crystal Testerman of Bel Air said following .

Hannah Siple, Richardson III's classmate at C. Milton Wright High School, started the Facebook page to show support for her friend.

The page contends that Richardson III was "driven to insanity" as a result of domestic abuse and that "friends and some family are coming forward with stories that they witnessed abuse, or unusual, unexplained marks, etc. Robert is innocent."

The four women who were prompted to attend Tuesday's hearing—Testerman, Robyn Eisner, Anne Burch and one other woman, all graduates of Fallston High School—spoke to reporters about the page and their support of Richardson III.

"Nobody has been there for this kid," Anne Burch said.

Burch said that while it may be a bit late, she and a number of others want to be there for the teen now "as mothers."

Burch, Eisner and Testerman said they believe Robertson III was abused. While Burch's children are older and she doesn't know the young man personally, she explained the issue of abuse is one that's close to her heart because her own mother is active in an anti-abuse organization.

Testerman said she and her daughter, now age 15, remember Richardson III from his elementary school days when he had long hair and appeared in need of new clothes.

"You could tell he was someone who could use a hug," Testerman said.

Eisner, who said her 14-year-old son's good friend is very close with Richardson III, said people would give the boy clothes because he was in need and said he was sometimes seen with bruises.

Eisner broke down in tears several times as she spoke about the young man.

Richardson III's older sister, Abigail Richardson, made a brief comment before saying she had been advised not to speak with the media.

"I support my brother until the day he's out," Abigail Richardson said, adding, "Even if it takes 80 years."

Some members of the Facebook group are trying to find a private attorney to represent the teen. He is currentlty being represented by a public defender.

The Facebook page has been a platform for some to express the sentiment that Richardson III was abused.

There had been 12 calls for police assistance to the Richardson home within the past year until the night of the shooting. However, none of those police calls related to domestic violence, according to , public information officer with the .

Worrell said that several of those police calls were for reports that Richardson III had gone missing. He was quickly found in each instance and returned home, the police spokeswoman said.

"There was no indicator that he was afraid to come back to the home," Worrell said in a recent interview.

Melissa Lambert, assigned to the case, told Patch she could not comment on the case and that it was still in the investigative stages.

“Of course we’re going to explore all avenues to get to the truth,” Lambert said.

Ashley January 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Maybe people need to step back and think about it this way: What it the worst crime somebody could commit?
Karl Schuub January 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Killing someone with premeditation. It is irrelevant if the person killed is mean or not.
Take Responsibility! January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Maybe the cops were there because the kid was BAD, oh noooooeeees, that couldn't be a possibility now could it. Personal responsibility is DEAD. The pussification of America is almost complete...
Ashley January 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM
And right after that one? Killing someone in a crime of passion. Either way, killing someone is a far worse crime than abuse. Rob will have a chance to continue his life when he gets out of prison. He won't even be 50. His father won't get another chance though.
1ke January 21, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Take Responsibility! is an American hero, a scholar, and a man's man.
chris January 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
yogi... your right, i dont think he should be in jail the rest of his life... i think he should be put to death. and maybe the reason the police were at his house 12 times in 6 months was because he was a constant runaway, our found doing drugs in the woods behind his high school with all the kids of the parents that are now showing support for him? Hmmmm I wonder if this boy was black, from the city.... someone who never knew who his father was, and left to fend for himself... if then the same parents would want to take him in and help?
Melissa January 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I believe some on here could better educate themselves from forensic psychology on parricide
Karl Schuub January 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM
What is parricide; the killing of parrots? I assume you mean patricide. Sure somebody needs and education...
Take Responsibility! January 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM
LOLOL, umm Karl, psssst
Eric bel air January 24, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Karl, I agree with your perspective on this case, however parricide is a proper word and was used in the proper context. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/parricide par·ri·cide    [par-uh-sahyd] noun 1. the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative.
Melissa January 24, 2012 at 05:57 AM
And the person needing that education is yourself, Karl. The forensic psychological term for killing one's parents is "parricide". Specifically murdering a father is "patricide", murdering a mother is "matricide", but the term for the murder of parents is "parricide". I am constantly of late appalled and shocked by the hatefulness and insensitivity of individuals in our society today. It is better by far to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Furthermore, that "father" was in a position to "raise" his child in a loving, nurturing care-giving atmosphere. It was his "parental" responsibitlity. This "murderer", as some of you wish to continue to bash him with, was still a child. Was he responsible for raising himself, teaching himself virtue and morality? Where was he to learn these essential honorable and dignified qualities except in his own home? The schools today certainly don't teach them and no one but Bob himself knows the hopelessness, despondency and desperation he must have felt to evidently commit the heinous act he is charged with. Can any one of you virtually put yourselves in this boys position and know beyond a shadow of a doubt how you would eventually react? Guilty is the accuser. If this were your brother, I suspect wholeheartedly most of you angry, hateful responders would be fully supporting this "youth".
Karl Schuub January 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patricide Patricide defined by Merriams is "one who murders thier own father". http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parricide Parricide defined by Merriams is "one who murders a close relative" - it doesn't leave out perhaps a father or a mother but certainly isn't specific to "parents"; but I'll let the correction stand however patricide is more typical and specific to what happened here. Melissa just grabbed the less accurate word in her word search. I would call Melissa out on pretending she's some expert. Surfing the web and watching Oprah don't make one an expert. I would also call her out on assuming all forms of horrible on this father - she knows nothng about what actually happened here. The mans other children have stated already for the record there was no abuse.
Ashley January 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Melissa - Knowing not to murder somebody is ingrained in our very culture. If he's not learning that from everyday life then we have a much bigger problem on our hands. I do know for a fact that I wouldn't kill somebody unless my life was in danger, something which all evidence presented has been pointing away from. Furthermore, if my brother killed one of my parents, I do know that I would NEVER forgive him. There is no explanation he could give me aside from them threatening to kill him that would convince me that it was okay. And honestly, all of you, do you truly believe that abuse is a worse crime than murder? The true victim here is the boy's father, who will never get a chance to make any changes in his life. The boy may be a product of a crappy upbringing, but that is not a justification for killing somebody. We are not neanderthals.
Take Responsibility! January 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I agree Karl. Melissa herself removed all doubt hehehe. I wonder why the father, the REAL victim here has NO RECORD of assault on MD Judiciary? This little killer will be doing a LONG stretch, as he should.
Melissa January 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Nobody, myself included is justifying this youth taking his fathers life. However, there are, as I have been informed by an attorney, cases of abuse that CPS was involved in with this boy involving his father. Being myself one of those involved in the cause to help out in raising funds for his legal expenses, and aquiring good legal representation for him, many people, family members as well, have come forward with many horrifying stories of what they witnessed this boy being put through.
Melissa January 24, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Karl, you are simply ignorant of many of the "facts" in this case. And parricide is the correct word being used today in these type of cases. Your assumptions about me are entertaining to say the least.
Take Responsibility! January 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Stop lying Melissa, do you think anyone will take a liar seriously? Your integrity is ZERO. No one "involved" would be making stuff up like you are.
Take Responsibility! January 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Melissa is pro murder.
Melissa January 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Suspicion haunts the guilty mind. -Shakespeare
Ashley January 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You don't justify the taking of his father's life but you're involved in trying to raise money to help free him? That seems contradictory. You're actively showing support for a confessed murderer. If that doesn't say "I think what this kid did was okay", I don't know what does.
chris January 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
melissa, you are waisting your time and money ... its a shame that if people really did have info about this kid being abused that they did not come forward earlier.... maybe then I could believe that he could of been abused... but after hearing about it after the fact I can only assume this is just a dumb idea of a defense. This is a child that doesnt listen, does drugs, hooks school, runs away and came up with an idea to get rid of the only responsible adult in his life that attempted to make him "follow the rules".
Take Responsibility! January 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Don't believe Melissa, she's proving herself to be quite a tall tale teller.
Take Responsibility! February 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Yes, we would HATE to have the truth get in the way. BTW, leaving your caps locked on signifies shouting and quite frankly makes it look like a 3rd grader typed it. So you want people to just talk to the people defending this murderer, and not to the other side? Sounds fraudulent and like many don't care about justice. I can't wait till this monster is locked behind bars for life so we can let this die...
Karl Schuub February 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Robyn - Why would you think it's OK to thwart the authorities who need to gather evidence? You do realize any evidence given to one side must be shared with the prosecutors anyway.
Take Responsibility! February 20, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Stop making sense Karl. These bleeding hearts think that they can skew the facts and make their little murderer look innocent. Guess what, it's not going to happen!
Karl Schuub February 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I always wondered what sort of whacky women would write letters to serial killers and other such insanity...now I know.
CB9678 February 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
So are you encouraging people to not talk to the police? Wow some call that obstruction of justice!
Ashley February 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I agree. Sounds a whole lot like obstructing justice to me. Not that this approach surprises me though; we are talking about a group of people who want a murderer set free.
Brad Dallson October 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
It's quite a complicated story and it's actually hard to say something without arguments. You can't be sure that one person or other did something. You can never be sure. Thanks for the interesting article though. Keep them coming. Regards, Brad from http://www.azoft.com/
MICHELLE' January 16, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Its so sad all the way around


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