Murder Charges Stand Against Bel Air Teen

Robert Richardson III appeared in Harford County District Court Tuesday to waive his preliminary hearing.


A Bel Air teen charged with shooting and killing his father appeared briefly in court Tuesday to waive his preliminary hearing.

of the 800 block of Moores Mill Road, was with first- and second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or violent crime.

He appeared shortly after 11 a.m. in for his scheduled preliminary hearing, but instead waived the hearing and was ushered out of the courtroom.

is a probable cause hearing where the court determines if there is evidence that a felony was committed and enough evidence to believe the defendant is the one who committed that felony.

Assistant public defender Eric MacDonell represented Richardson at the hearing while assistant state's attorney Melissa Lambert represented the state.

There were a number of people in court on behalf of Richardson, including his sister.

Richardson allegedly admitted to police that he shot and killed his father, Robert Richardson Jr., age 58, then in Aberdeen.

According to the young man's Facebook profile, he dubs himself a "Juggalo" which is a hardcore fan of the group "Insane Clown Posse."

The FBI considers Juggalos to be a growing gang threat, according to a piece on Huffington Post.

According to the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment as quoted in the Huffington Post piece:

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.

Ellen Dumer January 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Where has everyone been for the years that this teenager has been being abused and bullied? Did no one notice his distress? Did anyone try to reach out to him before his emotions twisted his mind into madness? I don't know the answers to any of these questions. Maybe efforts were made. If so I hope his full story comes out. I hope the people who knew and tried to help him speak out. If we can't stop abuse of children even by their own parents, this acting out behavior will continue in our society in far-reaching ways.
Todd Holden January 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
his father, Robert C. Richardson, Jr.'s funeral is tomorrow at Tarring's in Aberdeen.
Dianna Wolff-Stugen January 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Every story that comes out about this child just upsets me more. Where are the investigative reporters? Where are the interviews with the half sister? Where are the interviews with the classmates that witnessed things? Where are the police reports? Interviews with at least one if not more neighbors that called the police? (I talked to one of them myself). If you are going to quote from the FBI assessment, why did you pick one of the most bias statements? Why not this one: "Known as Juggalos, the followers of the Detroit rap act are famous for their clownish make-up, annual "Gathering of the Juggalos" celebration and their love for the soda Faygo." Why not state that his facebook page hasn't been updated since Dec 20, 2010? I've seen at least 50 classmates posting all over facebook, Aberdeen and Bel Air Patch and even Balto Sun and not one of them said a word about Bob drinking Faygo or wearing clown makeup. Kids think its cool to say they are things they are not. I remember my friends and I were devil worshippers because we listened to Led Zepplin and other heavy metal bands. Why is no one questioning why the boy ran away from home???? Why is on one questioning why his clothes didn't fit? Why his clothes weren't clean? Can't we see some real investigave work? My heart bleeds for this child. Everyone keep praying for justice for Bob!
Lynn Fowler January 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Can "we" all just let this stuff & the rumors rest while the family has the memorial this week for the uncle, friend, brother & son to be laid to rest. They are heartbroken, confused, angry, sad and torn apart. This is a free country with freedom of speech but let this poor family bury their loved one in peace this week! Lynn
Kirsten Dize January 17, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Lori, if you select the link to the Facebook page and check out the attached screen shot that is the information. Is there a separate page you are aware of? Do you have reason to believe this page is a hoax? Please send me an email kirsten.dize@patch.com.
Take Responsibility! January 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Wow, and yet another articles full of comments where people are assuming and convicting a dead man. How about you SHUT UP, because you don't know if that's true or not. Nice people we have around here, who automatically assume that if a kid kills a parent, then that parent absolutely must have abused the kid. Get real, some of you are pathetic and disgusting.
Bryan Thompson January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I noticed that Ellen Dumer asked, "Where has everyone been for the years that this teenager has been being abused and bullied?". Did I miss something? Did something come out saying that he was in fact being abused? Or is she assuming that he was being abused and bullied. Just curious, since I haven't been following this story on a daily basis...
Karl Schuub January 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
There is no real evidence to date that this kid had been abused. So far all I've heard that was actually observed is that sometimes his clothes were worn and ill fitting. Somebody seriously included amongst the list of things to justify a homicide that his clothes didn't fit. God forbid that person votes and walks among us like an actual reasoned adult. Yikes.
Take Responsibility! January 18, 2012 at 01:03 PM
There is no proof of abuse, just these nosy types who are in everyone's business and I guess they get a kick out of accusing a dead man who can't defend himself. I got beat by a belt, and wore hand me down clothes because we were poor, guess I should have killed my parents and all the adults in the neighborhood when I was a kid?!?!?! LOL get real people, this is most likely a BAD KID!
Bryan Thompson January 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I have to agree with "Karl Schuub" and "Take Responsibility". I too was poor, wore shabby clothes, and got spanked by hand...paddle...and belt. And I feared my father, but I was never abused by him. He just believed in "Old School" discipline, and I can tell you now that it kept me in check. I never thought of killing him! Perhaps his dad was like mine, and the kid just couldn't listen or conform. Maybe the kid was just a "bad egg"? Who knows? I am not rushing to judgement either way, just saying that there should not be an automatic assumtion that he was being abused based on what he did, and hence his actions excused.
Leah of Harford CO. January 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Why do ppl rape or kill other ppl? They have very big issues that need to be delt with. If so called "Treatments" helped these individuals we would not have these problems n the world. We wouldn't have a Sex offeneder Registery which is totally obserd because all these ppl keep gettin offenses even now, they still commit the crime n ppl still let them sit at home for them to pursue there next victum instead of puttin them n Jail were they can't do this anymore. Who's to say this Boy won't do this again if hes out, he can get all the treatment they give him, how do ppl know its really goin to help him, they spend all this money and donations to set this boy free to make a guess on another life that could be taken n the near future. Only this Boy can choose his path n life n he has shown the whole community what he is capable of and yet ppl want to set him FREE!
Leah of Harford CO. January 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bryan, Karl and Take Responibility are totally right for this case. Why do ppl want this kid "FREE" because they assume he was beatin the cops nor anyone else had any aligations to this Boy being abused. The Boy did not act as a CHILD he delt n a violent matter and premeditated MURDER, whos to say this Boy gets so called "TREATMENT" umm (what kind of treatments do killers get) oh right JAIL like everyone else that made the decisions this Boy made. Ppl r steppin up now because they want the drama n publicity it gives them to try n help a durranged and Psycologicly challenged Boy get set FREE from murder.
Andy Eisner January 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Honestly, I really don't think anyone buy's the Juggalo affiliation, and the article that the Patch refered to is from the Huffington Post, as liberal as they come. I like Faygo, and listen to Zepplin and Ozzy, guess I'm a Juggalo too. however I also know that murder of any type is the ultimate crime. I also know that getting beat with a belt in my day would have been justification to murder according to this story. I do know I value the human life, and this boy's father seemed to have a lot on his shoulders. Perhaps he suffered from a mental illness such as alcoholism after loosing his wife. it happens all the time, and people grow up in poor, disadvantage and abusive homes all the time but don't result to murder. Maybe it is their respect for GOD given life, I don't know. But a good majority of them change their life to become great parents and role models, and break the cycle they themselves grew up with. I agree 100% with Ms. Fowler, let this be until all the facts are out. Allow the family to greive their loss's in peace.
Bren June 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Wow, you ppl are something else. None of you know what really happened here. Before you go accusing either the boy or the father, you need to get your facts straight. Which it seems none of you have. This young boy was abussed in every sence of the word. Even tho his father didn't deserve to be killed, someone should have and could have stepped in to keep this from happening. I wouldn't go saying things about others and condeming them on what you think you know..This story or one simular could happen in you life and I am sure you wouldn't want stories made up about you.
Take Responsibility! June 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
And like YOU know Bren. Shut your yap.


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