McConathy Family Asks that their Son's Shooter be Investigated

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Updated: 1/09/2014 6:41 pm
CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WDEF) - More than a thousand Northwest Georgia residents want prosecutors to know that they have not forgotten about the unusual death of Dalton McConathy, 17.

McCracken Poston, the McConathy's attorney, says, "There needs to be an independent and parallel investigation, an analysis of the shooter's actions."

On November 11th, McConathy and two other teenagers were on Fred Youngblood's property, possibly looking for items to scrap.

Youngblood says he felt threatened, so he shot McConathy.

The teenagers were charged, however, Youngblood was not.

That's why McConathy's family is reaching out.

They want the district attorney to bring in an outside prosecutor to review the case and present it to the grand jury.

Poston adds, "We found three other people that this shooter has brandished a weapon and threatened to shoot one of them just for trespassing on the property".

Poston also says there is other evidence that proves the shooting was unjustified.

"We've got a shooter who is saying, oh he [McConathy] was coming at me.  Why would anybody go at a man holding a gun? says Poston.

And further evidence, according to Poston, shows that Youngblood was on his deck, high above McConathy when he pulled the trigger.

Poston adds, "We've got information that Dalton McConathy was saying, we're leaving, don't shoot when he was shot."

District Attorney Buzz Franklin tells us he still needs to receive certain documents from the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office before he decides how to proceed with the case.

Poston adds, "This is nothing that can be swept under the rug."

But, again, Franklin does confirm that the investigation into Youngblood continues.

He still plans on sitting down with the primary officers in this case to further review the facts.

District Attorney Buzz Franklin says the petition presented to him will have no bearing on his decision whether or not to prosecute Fred Youngblood.

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just me - 1/9/2014 9:26 PM
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a thug got whats coming to him and his white trash family are trying to play oh poor me lol.what a joke

EZRider800 - 1/9/2014 6:15 PM
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If someone will start a petition on Mr. Youngblood's behalf my wife and I and both my In-Laws and both my neighbors and my daughter and her husband will all sign it. I've talked about the story with them and we all believe that the property owner should be allowed to shoot anyone who is on his property breaking into his home. It's time these thugs realize there are consequences for your actions. You commit a crime against a law abiding home owner and you just might get shot. Maybe the parents of this law breaker should have spent more time instilling good morals into their son so he would know right from wrong. I know people that know some of the kids involved and they hang out with drug users. I guess you have to steal other people's property to pay for them drugs. Let's not forget that Mr. Youngblood wasn't the one breaking the law here. He was the victim!
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