No death penalty for man charged with killing teacher

August 8, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The young man charged with murdering his former teacher cannot face the death penalty.

David Drayton was 14 years old at the time of his attack on his teacher, Linda Gail Hendrick, at Murphey Middle School.

Hendrick was in a coma for nearly eight years, and died in May.

Drayton was arraigned for her murder last month. He pleaded not guilty.

District attorney Danny Craig says he cannot seek the death penalty against Drayton because of Drayton's age at the time of the crime.


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  • by teri Location: virginia on Feb 21, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    i miss u gail, i hate what daivd did to u. but i hate how they took your tube feeding away and you still lasted 30 days they are the ones that killed you no food. but what he did was wrong too/and he needs to pay in the courts the right way.. i miss you and i love you. you never spoke a word to me for the 5 years i cared for you but i loved you i lefted because i could do agree with you not getting any food., i am sorry i just couldn't do it. i pray you understand. i hate your mom for her letting them take your food after 8 years she should have done it when this first happen not 8 years later. i am sorry if this upsets anyone i am not trying to. yes daivd hurt gail and it was so bad, but her mom, ms kelly took her food.
  • by Beth Location: Hephzibah on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    He should die for the horrendous crime he commited. He was no child when he took a life.
  • by Diane Location: Augusta on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Danny you're making a mistake. That child knew the difference between right and wrong, you're also sending a message to the younger group that they can kill and get away with it "because of their age".
  • by Tamara Location: Augusta, Ga on Aug 10, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    No one knows what happen to set this young man off at the time of the attach. We all know that things are happening in this society these days that are so shocking, and when we all think we know someone things are not all what they seem. If he feels that what he did was cosidered not guilty then that's how he feels, it's his right. Prayers go out to both families.
  • by tired on Aug 10, 2007 at 01:40 AM
    Maybe the death penalty is not right, but he should be locked up for a very long time. His punishment so far has not fit the crime.
  • by James Location: West Virginia on Aug 9, 2007 at 11:37 PM
    What a crock, he kills a good person and now the taxpayers of GA have to pay to take care of him for the rest of wretched life. Strap him down and give him the neddle the sooner the better!!!!
  • by Billy Jones Location: Augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:15 AM
    Too bad this worthless person took the life of a person of worth that was trying to help him.
  • by lisa Location: augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    How can he sit there and plead "not guilty" to murdering this woman when the result of his crime caused her death? Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. He think what he did to her, he should have done to him.
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