Sunday, May 23, 2010

When Good Boys kill

Trial begins tomorrow in Bossier Parish District Court in Benton for Matthew Fite, who is accused of 2nd degree murder in the death of Dorothy Gail Wilson. Fite allegedly had acquired an 8-ball (3.5 ounces) of methamphetamine and gave Wilson about ¼ of it and a needle so she could ‘shoot up’. Wilson died of an overdose. She had no other drugs in her system at the time of death.

But, you know, really he’s a good boy.

As is customary in these cases, the defense has had family and friends write letters to the judge to be officially recorded. The recurring theme is that he needs to be home to take care of his mother.

  • "He is a good boy, he needs to be home to take care of his mother . . ."
  • "He is one of the nicest guys I know . . . . and a good person . . "
  • "He is a good boy and has always been one . ."

The ‘boy’, by the way, is a 39 year old man who apparently is still living with mom. Taking care of her? Not so much. Let’s look at the ‘good boy’s’ activities over the last few years.

  • 1989 Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • 1990 Residential Burglary
  • 1993 DWI
  • 1994 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 1994 Possession of Marijuana
  • 1996 Possession of Marijuana
  • 2002 Aggravated Assault
  • 2002 Simple Battery
  • 2002 Simple Battery
  • 2003 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
  • 2003 Disturbing the Peace
  • 2003 Probation Violation
  • 2003 Vehicular Homicide
  • 2005 Simple Escape
  • 2008 Aggravated Assault
  • 2008 Simple Battery
  • 2008 Simple Criminal Damage to Property
  • 2008 2nd Degree Murder

This doesn’t include multiple charges of driving under suspension, speeding, no drivers license, no insurance and various other traffic charges. Fite is also subject to a civil suit for damages filed on behalf of Wilson’s child. I didn’t go into detail on the outcome of each charge, suffice it to say that Fite had multiple convictions, and was on probation when he was arrested for the 2008 charges. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Surprised the Mom is still alive

  2. Let him plead to Neg. Homicide like Pilkinton.

  3. Sounds like the friends and family are either oblivious, have a poor judge of character, have such bad character themselves that they make make this guy look like a saint, or they are lying. My guess is the latter, with possibly hints of any one of the formers.

    I don't know this guy, and sound like I need to thank God I don't, but I will help his family and friends by saying "He's a scumbag and needs to be put away."

  4. This ol'boy seems to be somebody who needs to be locked up for the rest of his pitiful life, and I do think his mother would be better off to be rid of him, but giving illegal drugs to somebody sounds like a different crime than murder.
    I think it is a matter of whether he held the woman down and forced the drug into her against her own free will, or if he simply gave it to her.

  5. Realist, this might be a case where negligent homicide could legitimately appy.

  6. am i missing something, or did he force the "victim" to shoot up?

    sure this guy is a white trash pos, but it appears from this summary as if the victim killed herself.

    before defending the prosecution by saying he provided the means, ask yourself if you would hold a gun dealer liable for any subsequent homicides committed with the gun.

  7. Wheeler,

    Hopefully this will help. I go this from the Louisiana Criminal Code on line. I just copied the part pertaining to death involving drug activities.

    Louisiana Revised Statute: §30.1. Second degree murder

    A. Second degree murder is the killing of a human being:

    (3) When the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I or II of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law* which is the direct cause of the death of the recipient who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.

    (4) When the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I or II of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law* to another who subsequently distributes or dispenses such controlled dangerous substance which is the direct cause of the death of the person who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.

  8. i should have been more clear. yes, legally, this is second degree. what i'm asking is WHY? the "victim" died as a direct result of her own decisions and actions. why do we want the law to penalize someone else?

  9. G R, thanks for that research.

  10. I'm wondering about these letters to the judge. I mean, are they entered as evidence that a jury will take into account? Or, maybe this is just to be tried before the judge. I'm a little fuzzy on that.

    I understand the law that G.R. looked up. But, I kinda' feel like Wheeler does about this. The girl killed herself. I could maybe see a "negligent homicide" charge as being just about right.

    Plus repeat offender stats taken into account at sentencing. But, I'm just typing out loud...

    He'll probably get way more than Pilkington when all is said and done.

  11. I wouldn't be surprised to see a plea to negligent homicide.

  12. I would have to say this guy has been serving a Life sentence on the installment plan. Enough's enough.

  13. Any word on the Lance Thamm trial?

  14. Public Defender Larrion Hillman is representing Thamm. They just filed a motion to suppress statements that he made to BCPD and requested a hearing on that. In April they requested another continuance and as far as I can tell, no date has been set.
    It's been 2½ years, about time to get it into court.

  15. Jim - what about the sheriff's intent to raise taxes - nEed a blog

  16. I agree, 2 1/2 years is plenty of time. I am Vanessa's sister and I adopted the boy.

  17. Terri, thanks for commenting. I hope the boy is doing well.

  18. He is doing amazingly well. Thank you.


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