Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An Idiot's Obit

From a FamilyTreeMag Twitter tip:

A fugitive defendant in a fatal drunken-driving case planted a fake obituary in an attempt to escape trial, according to attorneys, court records and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
[His attorney Sandy Barnhart y Chavez] said errors in the obituary made her suspicious.

“I sent off to vital records a request to get an official death certificate,” the defense attorney said. “But right about then was when we found out he was in jail in Lincoln County.” [Link]
His fake death notice in the Albuquerque Journal read:
Byron Shane Carpenter, Jan. 15, 1979 - March 2, 2009. Byron passed away last Monday in a car accident. He was a loving father and husband. May he rest in peace. Anthony-Bethany Funeral Home.
Despite a thorough investigation by the district attorney's office, no evidence was found that Carpenter had ever been a loving father and husband.

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