Thursday, September 01, 2011

Update On The Kevin Thornton Murder Case; Three Of The Assailants Charged With Second-Degree Murder And Criminal Group Activity

Update July 27th 2012: A trial date of August 29th has finally been set.

The state of Arkansas is moving quickly to dispense swift and stern justice to the murderers of Juneau's Kevin Thornton. Since my previous post on July 28th, 2011, three of the four perpetrators have been named, while charges against an unnamed 14-year-old have been dropped. The three are Timothy Tyler Norwood, 16; Clinton Lavon Ross, 16; and Richard Shelby Wyback, 17; all will be tried as adults.

The Malvern Daily Record reported on August 27th, 2011 that in addition to second degree murder charges against all three perps, they will also be charged with engaging in violent criminal group activity, since they attacked Thornton as a group. There still has been no motive established or disclosed for the July 21st attack on Thornton. The next review of the case is scheduled for October 3rd.

Juneau gave Kevin Thornton an impressive sendoff. On Monday August 8th, a vigil was held for him at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Then on Tuesday, they celebrated the Mass of the Resurrection at St. Paul for the repose of Kevin’s soul and the consolation of his family, friends and classmates. Bishop Edward J. Burns of the Roman Catholic Diocese of of Juneau and Southeast Alaska published a column in the Juneau Empire in which he spoke of the conversation he had with the pastor in Malvern into whose church Thornton was taken after the attack. He noted that the people of Malvern are experiencing both anger at the perpetrators and sorrow, primarily for Kevin and his family, but also for the parents and families of those who killed him.

Visitation and another funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, August 3rd in St. Mark's Church in Attleboro Falls, MA. The actual interment will be private.

According to the official obituary, Kevin Thornton is not only survived by his parents, William and Darlene (Legg) Thornton of Juneau, but also by by a sister, Katie Thornton of Juneau; grandparents Charles and Doris Legg, aunts Roberta Legg, Laurie Lawes and Sandra Legg-Forgiel all of North Attleboro, MA, aunt Cynthia Moore of Pawcatuck, CT, uncle John Thornton of Middleboro, MA, aunt Janice Thornton of Weymouth, MA, uncles James and Gerard Thornton of Hanover, MA and numerous cousins. There's an active guestbook.

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