A grand jury has decided not to bring murder charges against a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his abusive father because he’d ‘had enough’ of watching him beat up his mother.
Tucker Gales shot his father Wesley last October after watching him punch his mother Deborah and kick her in the head in their home on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia.
The 15-year-old used a .22 rifle and shot his father, who’d been arrested for domestic abuse multiple times, in the head.
When sheriffs arrived at the home, Tucker admitted that he’d shot his father.
He said he’d ‘had enough’ of seeing him beat his mother, and that he also suffered abuse from him.
The teen was arrested for murder and taken to jail but was granted bond and allowed to return home while prosecutors weighed whether or not to charge him.
The case was turned over to a grand jury, but that grand jury decided on Wednesday not to bring charges against the teenager.
District Attorney Bobby Christine said that the decision represented ‘the combined wisdom of our community’.
Friends of the family had launched petitions and a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help the teenager with a potential legal fund.
The page raised $10,000 of its $75,000 target.
Previous local media reports describe some of the abuse Wesley subject his ex-wife, Deborah, too.
In one instance of abuse, he kicked her in the groin and punched her.
Sarah Hensley, the mother of one of Tucker’s friends, told WJBF previously: ‘For a 15-year-old boy that situation seems hopeless and he felt that he had to take matters into is own hands and our hearts are breaking for him.
‘I think our community needs to rally around him and show how much he’s loved and to not be ashamed.’
Another friend said he would often show up at school with bruises on his arms.