Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dr. Phil to air episode on Elkhart teens convicted of murder

Dr. Phil representatives have confirmed an episode featuring a local criminal case will air later this month.

Posted on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:43 p.m.

ELKHART — Dr. Phil representatives have confirmed an episode featuring a local criminal case will air later this month.

Angela Hughes, the executive producer of the Dr. Phil show, confirmed an episode on four Elkhart teens convicted of felony murder will air at 3 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 17.

Blake Layman, 17; Levi Sparks, 18; and Anthony Sharp, 19; and Jose Quiroz, 18, were arrested following a break-in at 1919 Frances Ave. on Oct. 3, 2012, and were later charged with felony murder.

During the break-in, the homeowner, who was sleeping on the second floor, was woken up by the intrusion and fatally shot 21-year-old Danzele Johnson, who was one of the suspects.

While Quiroz pleaded guilty in November 2012, Layman, Sparks and Sharp went to trial. The teens were found guilty of felony murder on Aug. 22, 2013, and were sentenced on Sept. 12, 2013.

Although the teenagers and their families claimed they had no intention of killing anyone, —and the did not pull the trigger— they were charged with felony murder under Indiana law.

In Indiana, a person committing a felony can be charged with felony murder if another person dies during the commission of the crime, even if the person that died was a co-conspirator.

The teens' families rallied a few times, asking the prosecutor's office to amend the charges.

At least one of the defendants, Layman, is planning on appealing his conviction.

Dr. Phil will interview Layman, Sparks and Sharp via satellite during the episode and talk to a juror from the case, Dr. Phil's website said. Dr. Phil will also speak to CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin about the application of the felony murder law to adolescents.


Posted 8 minutes ago
 Former Army Reserve Sgt. Xavier Watt visits his grandfather's grave, who served in the U.S. Air Force,  on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery on May 26, 2014, in Houston.  Like hundreds of thousands of soldiers back from the war in Iraq, Watt has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is finding that complicates things in the workplace. He takes medication to control his dark moods, he's had extensive counseling to help him cope with conflict and he leans on his supportive family as he wrestles with scarring memories earned a decade ago far away.  He says he is OK to return to work and that he's got medical reports to prove it. So far, SunEdison won't let him back.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates 400,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD.  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Posted 8 minutes ago
 ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 21- In a fall 1987 file photo, Paul Florence, vice-president of the Drive-In Theater Corp., looks at the back side of the movie screen at the Airport Drive-In Theatre in Marquette, Mich., shortly before the Marquette County Board approved purchasing and razing the theatre. Plowed under by an ever-building wave of technology, Marquette County's once popular three outdoor theaters reside in what's known today as the drive-in theater

Posted 8 minutes ago
Back to top ^