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Court records: Husband shot wife during intruder game
Omaha.com ^ | 2/6/2009 | LESLIE REED

Posted on 02/08/2009 11:28:01 AM PST by Red in Blue PA

LINCOLN — Twenty-one-year-old Josh Beasley was pretending to clear his home of intruders on Saturday when he fired the shot that killed his 20-year-old wife, Alaina, according to court documents filed today.

The affidavit, based on Beasley’s interview with a Lincoln police detective on the day of the shooting, was released by Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey.

Josh Beasley appeared in court this afternoon on a charge of manslaughter for unintentionally causing his wife’s death.

With about10 friends and family members in the courtroom, Lancaster County Judge James Foster released Beasley without bail. Beasley had turned himself into police this morning.

In an interview with the World-Herald, Beasley earlier said he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning his shotgun.

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1 posted on 02/08/2009 11:28:01 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

He rounded the corner into the kitchen, where his wife was standing near the sink. She pointed her hand at him, pretending to have a gun. According to the affidavit, Beasley said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and fired one round. He said he had forgotten the gun was loaded.


2 posted on 02/08/2009 11:28:58 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Hmmmmm, funny how his story keeps changing...


3 posted on 02/08/2009 11:28:59 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Obama's not my president, and Blagojevich is not my governor.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Don’t point the muzzle at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger straight and outside the triggerguard until you’re ready to fire.
4. Be sure of your target and what lay beyond.

What a friggin’ idiot. A beautiful young woman dead and his life ruined.


4 posted on 02/08/2009 11:30:22 AM PST by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
A short rope and long step!!
5 posted on 02/08/2009 11:30:42 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is definitely a novel defense. Can we get this game to catch on in Washington D.C.?


6 posted on 02/08/2009 11:31:37 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

More spouse murdering scum.


7 posted on 02/08/2009 11:32:09 AM PST by Califreak (Stimulus-paying back donors and vote farming)
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To: org.whodat

Poor woman. She married a dope or a psychopath.....or possibly both.


8 posted on 02/08/2009 11:32:43 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

He rounded the corner into the kitchen, where his wife was standing near the sink. She pointed her hand at him, pretending to have a gun. According to the affidavit, Beasley said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and fired one round. He said he had forgotten the gun was loaded.

If this statement is factually true then he is guilty of premeditated murder.
Anyone that handles a weapon must always assume that it is loaded.
You never point at anything you do not intend to destroy.


9 posted on 02/08/2009 11:33:29 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: Califreak

10 posted on 02/08/2009 11:33:46 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Riiiight. And I have some ocean view property for sale in Kansas.


11 posted on 02/08/2009 11:34:11 AM PST by bgill
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Indeed. But his differing stories make me believe this was purely premeditated.


12 posted on 02/08/2009 11:34:40 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
The old "playing Army" defense.

Unfortunately, this happens in police training also, on occasion. I believe in RTKBA, but some people just shouldn't have guns. Just like some people shouldn't drive cars or own a chain saw.

13 posted on 02/08/2009 11:36:04 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I don’t believe it. Will the police believe this cover story? I think he murdered her.

Even if it is true, what an immature jerk to “play” a game with a loaded gun.


14 posted on 02/08/2009 11:37:25 AM PST by Pinkbell (Liberals are only tolerant of those with whom they agree.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
This is real close to the young man that was going to be a deputy and killed his wife practicing his quick drawn. Both are Darwin candidates.
15 posted on 02/08/2009 11:37:55 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Pinkbell

TUALATIN, Ore. — “A man who signed on to become a Clark County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot his wife to death in Tualatin on Sunday, according to police.

Police said Ryan Osbrink, 24, was practicing drawing his pistol from a holster when it unintentionally discharged as his wife, Kimberly Osbrink, entered the room.


16 posted on 02/08/2009 11:39:51 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sounds like just a very tragic accident. Theres this school of thought that every accident has to be punished as thought here was a homicidal intent. It’s pointless and silly.

And changing the story from something like “i was cleaning it”, to i was playing “clear the house” and forgot it was loaded, seems to be reasonable. It makes him more culpable, so its setting the record straight from his panicked cover story.

IMO,,if his background is otherwise very clean, prison isn’t what he needs. He needs to be sent to schools, CCW courses, Police Academies, etc,, to tell his story to people who handle guns a lot, and to young kids.


17 posted on 02/08/2009 11:40:59 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I think this is genuinely an accident, based on his immediate call for help and that he turned himself in to police. Accident, but...

A f@#&ing STUPID accident. You NEVER point a firearm at anything unless you are prepared and preparing to kill it. I had a friend/roommate once who pointed a shotgun at me as I walked through the door. He later said he was just joking and wanted to scare me. That was after he was thrown against the wall, disarmed and butt-ended with it.

A firearm needs to be respected and assumed to be loaded at all times. Not just by the gun owner, but by everyone who comes into your home and looks at or handles your weapon. God, what a terrible mistake - one moment of stupidity for this kid and his wife is gone. The inevitable use of this by the anti-gun crowd is going to make me ill.


18 posted on 02/08/2009 11:41:48 AM PST by Cap74 (Disagree with me all you want. Just don't lie to me.)
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To: DesertRhino

Sorry. I am not buying his story from the facts presented.


19 posted on 02/08/2009 11:42:32 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: org.whodat

That’s it,, he should be hanged. Amazing.


20 posted on 02/08/2009 11:43:15 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Red in Blue PA; BlessedBeGod
We had a young man in the neighborhood pick up several shotguns at one time to move them into a pickup truck out front.

He forgot all of 'em were loaded, and while messing with his load managed to kill his young wife.

This happened right in front of his father who was helping them relocate to a new house somewhere else.

I remember that girl well ~ she'd lived next door all her life ~ she'd come out of the house screaming and everybody over there would scatter to the four-winds.

Her father usually kept a car out front with the hood up so all the guys could pretend to be working on it.

That was the only thing that seemed to calm her down.

Well, that and a shotgun blast.

21 posted on 02/08/2009 11:44:23 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Red in Blue PA

Idiot!


22 posted on 02/08/2009 11:47:10 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: IGOTMINE
Police Officer Safety Training (POST) Rules

1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Don’t point the muzzle at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger straight and outside the triggerguard until you’re ready to fire.
4. Be sure of your target and what lay beyond.

Have not reduced Negligent discharges !

The NRA Safety Rules are :

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

NRA T/C CRSO

23 posted on 02/08/2009 11:47:38 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I vote that he’s just stupid. I knew a “cowboy action shooter” who was practicing (read “playing”) with his shotgun and drew down on a potted plant hanging in front of his picture window. Plant and window got blasted. At least the guy in the story probably won’t be a cop now. Sounds like a SWAT team wanna-be. Maybe the BATFE will still take him.


24 posted on 02/08/2009 11:47:46 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Cap74

An immediate call for help makes his alibi look good. Changing the course of events obviates this.


25 posted on 02/08/2009 11:48:57 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

No,, not premeditated murder. A reckless act without intent is manslaughter. Theres no evidence he wanted her dead. He was a 21 year old kid, they make mistakes. Sometimes very heartbreaking ones. They think they can all drive at Daytona, handle a gun like Delta Force, etc. Sometimes they learn bitter lessons the hardest way.

Thers’s enough real murderers to go after. This was a sad accident from immature gun handling.


26 posted on 02/08/2009 11:49:16 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: DesertRhino

Then why did he change his story?


27 posted on 02/08/2009 11:50:13 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Cap74

I agree


28 posted on 02/08/2009 11:52:07 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Cap74

>> A f@#&ing STUPID accident.

“Accidents” are something puppies have when they are being house trained. This is something else - it’s called a NEGLIGENT discharge. Dumb*ss.


29 posted on 02/08/2009 11:52:48 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: DesertRhino
Why for an adult to point a gun at another human and pull the trigger, without the actual intent to kill someone, is beyond dumb and beyond an accident. Even playing clear the house with real firearms is a bit on the wacky side..
30 posted on 02/08/2009 11:53:38 AM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: IGOTMINE

But, see, he could have followed all those 4 rules. It sounds pretty darned intentional to me. There is surely the possibility that it was.


31 posted on 02/08/2009 11:54:27 AM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Incredible stupid, something he’ll take to his grave...Probably an early grave.


32 posted on 02/08/2009 11:55:59 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: Red in Blue PA

Incredibly stupid, something he’ll take to his grave...Probably an early grave.


33 posted on 02/08/2009 11:56:52 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: IGOTMINE

Those rules don’t apply if you are committing murder. Hey honey - let’s play a “game” called “intruder”. I’ll have the shotgun this time.


34 posted on 02/08/2009 11:56:55 AM PST by uncommonsense
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To: Red in Blue PA

Which facts? The ones where he called and said some black guy did it and just ran down the street? The ones where he tried to bury her 20 miles from town, mop the kitchen, and say she went Jogging? The ones where he has been having an affair? The ones where he took out life insurance last fall on her?

It’s an accident. Anyone who spends a lot of time around hunting and guns can tell you these stories. And almost chapter and verse. A heartbreak doesnt equal a crime. Lots of fathers and sons who were super close, have killed each other hunting. I suppose they should all be in prison, or hanged as someone else said too?


35 posted on 02/08/2009 11:58:09 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Richard Kimball

I say that all the time.
(I support 2nd Amend 100%)

But personally my motto is I should not own a chain saw or a gun.


36 posted on 02/08/2009 11:59:03 AM PST by Global2010 (God Will see us through. Persevere)
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To: Red in Blue PA

what a dope.


37 posted on 02/08/2009 11:59:30 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Red in Blue PA
I've been following this story on the Omaha radio station KFAB since it happened. From some of the background stories about the couple it seems like they were both gun enthusiasts, but not very mature about it. Apparently they were part of a group that would post photos of themselves posing with their guns, pointing them at the camera (unknown if it was on a timer or an actual person holding it taking the picture), and they would blog about the various plans and methods they devised and practiced should they ever have to face an armed intruder in their home.

By all accounts the biggest crime here was colossal stupidity. They were newlyweds (about three months, or so) and there has been no indication in any of the reports that either one had it out for the other. They were just not acting in a mature way in how they handled their firearms or practiced their drills.

The parents of the girl have said they don't believe that he meant to shoot her and that they believe it was and is a tragic accident.

It looks like he'll likely get convicted on negligent manslaughter and spend some time in prison, or maybe, if the court decides that having to live the rest of his life knowing what he did is sufficient punishment, just probation.

All in all, a very tragic event that was completely preventable.

38 posted on 02/08/2009 12:00:07 PM PST by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: DesertRhino; All

“Which facts?”

Innocent people do not change their story!

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Beasley was pretending to clear his home of intruders on Saturday when he fired the shot that killed his 20-year-old wife, Alaina, according to court documents filed today.

EARLIER HE SAID:

In an interview with the World-Herald, Beasley earlier said he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning his shotgun.


39 posted on 02/08/2009 12:03:00 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Well, he definitely married better that she did.
40 posted on 02/08/2009 12:03:38 PM PST by skimbell
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To: QBFimi

“it’s called a NEGLIGENT discharge”

I absolutely agree. I used the term accident meaning ‘as opposed to intentional’. From a legal perspective, he absolutely is criminally responsible for her death and it was a negligent, reckless act. But in my opinion he no more meant to cause her death than if he had been driving 120 MPH ‘pretending’ to be racing and killed her in a wreck.

Stupid. But you’re are right, stupidity or lack of intent does not absolve negligence.


41 posted on 02/08/2009 12:04:47 PM PST by Cap74 (Disagree with me all you want. Just don't lie to me.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Because terrified people OFTEN say stupid things at moments like that. You see, they hear that some people want to turn every accident into a homicide.

Him saying he was cleaning wasn’t smart, but it doesn’t make it intentional murder,,(except on CSI Miami)

Ask any cop. People often lie when the truth would clear them. Fear makes people act stupidly, especially 21 year old who probably havent had a thing like that ever happen in his life.


42 posted on 02/08/2009 12:07:18 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: bboop
But, see, he could have followed all those 4 rules. It sounds pretty darned intentional to me. There is surely the possibility that it was.

Doesn't read whether pump or semi-auto, but both would have a safety? Was he expecting a "click" from from his shotgun? What was this click supposed to add to his game? Beside prison, this guy needs to be spaded?

43 posted on 02/08/2009 12:07:44 PM PST by School of Rational Thought (CPA, MBA needs a job - referrals welcome)
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To: Cap74

See post 39


44 posted on 02/08/2009 12:08:40 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: DesertRhino

“Ask any cop. People often lie when the truth would clear them.”

Why do you feel the need to go out of the way to defend these actions?

To me, a lie, is a red flag, not “something to be expected”


45 posted on 02/08/2009 12:13:09 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Yeah,, actually innocent people do change their story. And the do it every day, and for hundreds of reasons. I know all cops are homicidal maniacs who should all be arrested, but ask any cop and he’s guaranteed to have a story or two, or twenty.

And fear and shock are two of them.


46 posted on 02/08/2009 12:17:13 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Pablo64

This is helpful background info. While I agree that changing his story makes the individual look culpable, OTOH it should be possible to put together what other facts are known and come up with a most likely scenario. If the parents of the girl feel like it was an accident, that’s gotta be worth something. In many other cases of spousal murder(OJ for one, Brad Cooper for another) the parents feel very differently.


47 posted on 02/08/2009 12:22:29 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Cap74

Yeah,, the shooting school culture changed “Accidental discharge”, into “Negligent Discharge”. Sorta like illegal alien turned into undocumented immigrant. Still talking about the same thing, but just started using a different word. Like the way “Commandos” became “Operators”. My mom was an Operator back in the 40s. Used to say “Number please” and connect your call.

PC Lingo sometimes invades our side too.


48 posted on 02/08/2009 12:22:55 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: DesertRhino; Cap74
Yeah,, the shooting school culture changed “Accidental discharge”, into “Negligent Discharge”.

There is no such thing as an accidental discharge.

A negligent discharge is caused by either ignorance or carelessness.

The person can be considered ignorant, if they have not been trained.

They are careless, if they disregard their training.

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

NRA T/C CRSO

49 posted on 02/08/2009 12:27:14 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

The story I read said that they went shooting together earlier in the day and the shotgun was not ejecting properly. He worked on it when they got home and set it against the wall without properly clearing. Then, later picked the gun up thinking it would be unloaded.


50 posted on 02/08/2009 12:28:13 PM PST by stevestras
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