Prosecutor: Mugger shot debutante in the back because she wouldn’t give up purse
Posted by mythoughtsandnews on December 18, 2006
SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Savannah debutante was shot to death after leaving the Christmas ball because she refused to give her purse to a mugger, a Georgia prosecutor told jurors Thursday.
“‘The bitch shouldn’t have bucked,'” Chatham County Assistant District Attorney Christy Barker said, quoting the explanation that Michael
Thorpe allegedly gave his friends after shooting 19-year-old Jennifer Ross in the back.
Barker told jurors in her opening statement that “bucked” meant that Ross resisted when Thorpe and co-defendant Webster Wilson accosted her and three friends as they wandered Savannah’s historic district following a night on the town.
As Ross turned away to run, Thorpe allegedly opened fire on her, Barker said.
The animal killed a white Savannah debutante and they do not want to call it a hate crime. He did it because she was white and thought she would be easy prey.