Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cowards of Oxford County

There really is no other way to describe the killers of Tori Stafford.   And I use the plural because it takes at least two to engage in a conspiracy that leads to the death of a minor.

It's hard to think of another word other than "coward" to describe an accused like Michael Rafferty -- even if he didn't commit the final act of killing of Miss Stafford and it was the other party (Terri-Lynne McClintic) who did, the fact he elected not to testify is disturbing even if it is his right.   If one is on trial for his freedom, especially for a heinous crime like this, it would appear more than obvious that he would call out his partner in crime and point the finger at her    If he at least "manned up" and at least openly admitted to kidnapping and raping Tori that might have given the people of Woodstock a measure of satisfaction (of sorts).   His silence, however, speaks volumes.

The only thing we know for sure is the verdict will be either Murder One or Murder Two.   Even if it's the latter (meaning a crime of passion rather than premeditated murder) it will mean it was indeed McClintic who ultimately acted alone in assassinating Tori Stafford but it will also be no excuse for Rafferty doing the other things he did  to her.

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