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.

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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