Man Convicted Of Killing Teen Who Walked On His Lawn Commits Suicide

An Ohio man convicted of killing his 15-year-old neighbor because he walked on the man's well-kept lawn has committed suicide in prison.

Ohio prison officials say 69-year-old Charles Martin killed himself Friday at the Lebanon Correctional Institution in southwest Ohio.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction did not say how Martin died. He had been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison before he could be considered for parole.

Martin had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to shooting Larry Mugrage Jr. to death with a shotgun in March 2006. Jurors rejected that argument and convicted him.

At sentencing, Martin said he was sorry the shooting occurred. But he said the teenager knew how much he cared for his lawn and provoked him.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    I wonder who mows his grass
  • by mj Location: edgecombe on Aug 10, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    it's not the christian thing to say...but i can't help but feeling one thing. OH WELL!
  • by Tulips Location: Chocovillage on Aug 10, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    Just goes to show...the man had a conscience and was prolly being haunted by what he did which was VERY STUPID...killing neighbor for walking on his lawn & then kills himself! STUPID STUPID STUPID!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Let this be a lesson to ya kids! Stay in your own dang yard and be respectful to others! There are other cranky old men out there just like this guy, and you never know when you're gonna run across one.
  • by Jim Bob Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    Sad situation. If one is not welcome on someones property they should respect that and stay off the property. Shooting the teen was wrong no doubt. Should have had him arrested for trespassing.
  • by paul Location: kinston on Aug 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    The grass is always greener in the neighbor's yard unfortunately.
  • by Peter Location: Grimesland on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Such a shame. Two lives lost and nothing to show for it.
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