Investigation Queries: Is Wired Glass a Deadly Weapon?
Fifteen-year-old Tyler Boatwright from Dallas, Ore., is on trial
today, accused of committing third-degree assault. But the weapon
used in the alleged crime, wasn't a gun, knife or a baseball bat;
it was a wired glass window.
According to court documents, Boatwright is accused of using a
"deadly or dangerous weapon" to "unlawfully, feloniously and recklessly"
injure Zachary Taylor when he allegedly pushed the victim's head
through a window.
An investigation of the matter was conducted and Greg Abel, founder
of Advocates for Safe Glass Inc. in Eugene, Ore., as well as Oregon
Sen. Vicki Walker, testified today on behalf of the defendant before
the State of Oregon, Polk County Circuit Court.
"Originally he [Boatwright] was going to be tried for attempted
murder, but because of opposition, my position, as well as Senator
Walker's, they amended the complaint to a Class C Felony," said
Abel told USGNN.com/USGlass Magazine he was concerned, was
that the accident happened because wired glass was still in an application
where it should not have been; an exterior school application that
was not in compliance with the code's exemption.
"If the proper glass required by the code [laminated or tempered]
had been used, that young man might only have a bump on his head,"
Abel said. "Oregon passed its building code change three years before
and memos were sent out. I guess [some] did not pay attention to
them. We're not just making claims [about wired glass]; someone
The trial is expected to continue through tomorrow. Stay tuned
to USGNN.com for updates.
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