Thursday, April 1, 2004

Law doesn't fault shooting suspect's family

By Carrie Spencer
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - A man's parents had no obligation to tell authorities if they had suspicions he might be involved in the series of highway shootings in the Columbus area - even if he'd told them he was the shooter, legal experts said Wednesday.

Charles A. McCoy Jr.'s mother said in court Tuesday she took four guns from him over the past few months.

McCoy's parents did not tell authorities about the guns until an unidentified person called investigators nearly a month later.

"People would probably say the parents didn't do the right thing, but they didn't do the wrong thing," said Joshua Dressler, an Ohio State University law professor.

Relatives and police have said McCoy is mentally ill.

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