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Statement From 15-Year-Old Zack Davis’ Attorney

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"The murder of Melanie Davis is an unimaginable personal tragedy for all who knew and loved her and the brutality of the crime touches every one of us on a human level.

As devastating as is the senseless loss of a life, this case is even more tragic for the simple fact that Zack is also a victim here.  After Zack Davis' father died, in his presence, of a degenerative illness, being moved and isolated from extended family, Zack sent up every possible red flag a nine-year-old is able to articulate that he was depressed, disturbed, and sliding into a chasm of despair and frustration.  And yet, he was failed at every turn by the school system, the child welfare system, the family and society.

Any one person that encountered Zack—teachers, neighbors, immediate family—knew ‘something' was deeply wrong.  His school knew.  His mother knew.  But nothing was done.

Now, transferred to the adult criminal justice system, he will get nothing in the way of rehabilitation, medication, or counseling.

Zack Davis is truly lost in the system.

At age –barely—15.

We need to ask ourselves as a society if this is the way we want to handle troubled youthful offenders, and we most certainly need to work with schools to better identify troubled children who are crying out for someone to hear them."

-Randy P. Lucas


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