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Teen Charged As Adult In Father's Murder

Robert Richardson III is facing murder charges in connection with the shooting death of his father Monday night.

A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult Tuesday after allegedly shooting and killing his father at their Bel Air home then dumping the body in Aberdeen.

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Robert C. Richardson III, 16, was charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree murder and use of a handgun in commission of a felony or violent crime.

Richardson allegedly shot and killed his father, 58-year-old Robert Richardson Jr., inside their home in the 800 block of Moores Mill Road, according to a release from the .

Steve Richardson January 11, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I lived in that house. There was no abuse at any time. END OF DISCUSSION
Seth Ford January 11, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Ashley, The kid ran away four times. That's not an indication that he doesn't want to be at home? If he wanted to be at home, don't you think he'd stop running away?
Mary Colleen Sheridan Allan January 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I live in Majors Choice too, so this was a frightening event to say the least... 1) For all of you in this blog that state you are/were good friends of his, did ANY of you ever tell someone what he was saying about his homelife? Was there ever a time when Social Services got involved because his friends spoke up for him? 2) IF it was self-defense, why would he then take the time to transport the body all the way to Aberdeen? I don't dismiss the initial reaction to fight for your life, and would commend him if that was the situation - but the natural reaction would have then be to call 911 (I would hope) - not drag a body (evidenced by the blood pattern on the floor), load it in a car, drive to Aberdeen to dispose of the body, then try to run from the police. This is what disturbs me. I've talked to people who taught him in school, and my 16-year old son. The only consistency is the talk of abuse at home, after his mother died (he was in the 5th grade). But I have yet to see any mention of getting him help, taking him in, reporting suspicions to the police, or school, who would be obligated BY LAW to report to Social Services. I think this young man was overlooked by the system, and it came to this... Driving past his house every day, it always struck me as a depressing place. Now it's a stark reminder of what can hide behind closed doors. I pass no judgement, because I do not know the details. But it seems like it was a tragedy waiting to happen...
Ashley January 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
But did he ever say "I don't want to go home because my father abuses me."? No. Police would have been obligated to launch an investigation into it and he would have most likely been removed from the household. Lots of kids run away because they get into fights with their parents. Look at the two who were mentioned in the last month on Bel Air's Patch. Running away doesn't indicate an abusive household, just an unruly teenager.
Steve Richardson January 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Here is the truth. After our mom died, dad got lonely, really really lonely. He latched on to Rob like he was the last thing in the world that mattered to him, and he was. Yes they got into arguments, yes those arguments could get verbally violent. There was no physical abuse. All those times he ran away, was because dad told him he couldn't go hang out with a crowd of older people that were just troublemakers. He would sneak out to go be with them. Rob had a real hard time not being able to 'hang out' like a regular teenager. Him and his dad butted heads regularly, this is true, however it was never for a malicious reason. Dad was simply trying to raise an extremely hard headed teenager with pent up anger issues. All of you who are trying to blame one or the other for the incident have never actually been a part of our family, and your speculations are doing more damage to an already f**ked situation. The only thing rob ever complained to me about was how overprotective he was and how arguments would get to out of hand. Also, Rob was moving out of the house soon to go live with another relative. So those of you who are just posting on here to argue, please take it somewhere else. I miss the man I called dad, and I miss my brother. He handled the situation completely wrong, and now he has to own his consequences. Those of us that are personally involved in this don't even understand how or why this happened, so quit speculating things trying to understand it.
Mary Colleen Sheridan Allan January 11, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Steve - first and foremost, you, your sister, and your brother are in my family's prayers. I can't imagine what you're going through right now. Everyone who's talked to me - schoolmates and teachers - say your brother is a nice kid. As a parent, it is incredibly difficult today to reign in the 'hard-headed' teenagers - I have two! It is scary to think that there could be an event that would trigger this type of violent response, but as you said, Rob has to own the consequences of his decisions. I pray that you and your family are able to forgive him for what he's done, and maintain the strength of your family.
1ke January 11, 2012 at 08:57 PM
PurpleNeons, your reasoning is, for me, the most lucid and decent comment I have read here. Think we ought to heed the advice of Steve Richardson.
Mhick January 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Steve, you are courageous to post on here, and I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family for the difficult weeks and months ahead.
PurpleNeons January 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Steve Richardson. thank you so much for your brave comments.....I pray for all involved.....I believe firmly your Dad is in a better place and I hope your brother gets the help he desperately needs....God's Speed to you and all connected to this tragedy.
Seth Ford January 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Steve, My condolences. Nobody and nothing can ever replace your father. I apologize if my comments seemed speculative or callous. I've suffered personal tragedies of my own; tragedies which made me an angry man. I'm not angry anymore. I hope and pray that you can find it in your heart to forgive your brother.
George January 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
You really do not think any one from the family is going to contact some alleged intern for something on a case. Proper changes have to be followed, or there is no credibility. Anyone could claim to be one, setting people up to take advantage of a very tramatic situation. How dare you.
Take Responsibility! January 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
LOL, you accuse of us of thinking one way, when you are thinking he was abused LOL, hypocrite. Read what his brother said, no abuse. And read the charges, and the penalties, and you'll maybe wake up from your fantasy world. And every single thread like this ends up like this, speculation, it's human nature. I for one, feel for everyone who is affected and devastated by this.
Rob Fleming January 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
steve man its rob fleming my thoughts are out to you
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Hi - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? How did you know him? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Hi - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Hi K. Big - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Hi Tiffany - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hi Steve - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Yvonne Wenger January 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hi Katelyn - Are you available to talk to me about Bob? I'd like to know more about this life. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. Call me at 410-332-6609 if you can or email me at ywenger@baltsun.com. Thanks! Yvonne
Take Responsibility! January 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Quit being a under liberal pacifist please. I ran away from home multiple times when I was a kid too. Guess why? Because I wanted to drink beer and get high and hang with my friends, I didn't want to be bound by rules. You really need to learn a lot about kids, because your ignorance is glaringly bright.
Take Responsibility! January 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Why is everuone from Major's Choice saying this is so frightening, it didn't even happen there. OMGORSH I drive by Moore's Mill rd a lot, I hope a gang of killers doesn't get me. Some of you sound ridiculous!
Mary Colleen Sheridan Allan January 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I'll tell you why it's frightening...because when kids turn to violence, like Bob did, you don't know to what extent they will take out their anger. If he walked into our neighborhood, how many people might he have encountered? There are too many stories (and not just children) where the targeted person is killed, but then others are impacted because the instigator doesn't stop until they run out of bullets or kill themselves. It's frightening to think that there was a situation inside that house that was so bad, it escalated to the ultimate level of violence. And it frightens me that this is a kid who went to all the same schools my kids have/are going to,, and that no one saw the potential violence he was holding inside. Does that help?
Take Responsibility! January 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Yes, it helps me to understand you chicken little types. ;)
Take Responsibility! January 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This is why we ALL should have guns, so we can stop some maniac out in public, but in this case nothing happened so pull your heads out of the sand and enjoy life, instead of living in fear. Sheesh, if you saw the neighborhoods I invest in and run my business in down on Baltimore, some of you would stroke out.
Mary Colleen Sheridan Allan January 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Been there, done that...used to work with mentally ill adults (men) in a house off North Avenue. And when I say I'm frightened (I won't speak for the others!), I meant I was posthumously frightened. I grew up in Detroit - I don't live in fear...I live facing forward; what happens will happen. But the fact that something this horrific was, by all accounts, brewing in that house for years frightens me in that we don't know what may be next. As for myself, I've applied to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), to help one child through the legal system. I spent eight years in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. I just wonder if people (and by that I mean adults) saw things, heard things, but didn't want to get involved. I think that is the most frightening thing of all... p.s. - I've been called many things in my time, but never Chicken Little! That made my night...thanks.
Nick January 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Gun control only serves to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Criminals do not care about gun laws. This liberal state will never figure that out and thus will leave it's populous vulnerable.
Joan Hannah January 13, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I met this boy 5 years ago I was his Sunday School Teacher for a short while. Friendly boy who had lost his mother. We called him Bear but a 2 year old put it best when she said "hes not a bear" Ill always remember how that boy wanted a bible of his own to take home. God be with him!
Take Responsibility! January 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Amen Nick!
Take Responsibility! January 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Steve these people are saying you abused him too, you should sue them. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Robert-Bob-Richardson-III/275963722462829?sk=friendactivity
Laura T. January 18, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I for one, am not going to pass judgement until we have all the facts. My son is a freshman at CMW (my alma mater as well) however, he didn't know the boy. It just send to me like the system has failed this young boy, as well as the family entirely. You just never know what goes on behind closed doors. In retrospect, it's easy for a lot of us to say "we would have helped" but it's a little too late for that, unfortunately. I am curious as to why he shot his father & moved his body (not to mention how could a young boy move a grownan alone) He told the police where the body was anyway, so why didn't he just leave him. Was he trying to cover it up? Or did leaving his fathers body at a relatives house speak bigger volumes? I am sure we will all find out eventually. This whole story is very unfortunate all the way around.

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