At fourteen years old, many of us were just getting our first taste of high school. We began to see the opposite sex as having genitals rather than cooties and finding locker room situations a little more than awkward. It is at this point in our life that parental guidance is needed yet rebelled against most. Kids sneak out, kids act out, kids make out, and some kids even take out guns to shoot their families.
Unfortunately for Paul Posey, the latter was the case for his son, Cody.
On June 5, 2004, after his father slapped him, Cody Posey marched out to a barn on the family’s property where he retrieved a .38 caliber revolver, marched back into the house, and shot his stepmother in the head. Tyrone did not see it coming, what with her sitting on the couch and him sneaking up behind her and all.
At the sound of the gunshot, Paul and stepdaughter Marilea ran to the house to see what was going on. Upon walking through the door, Cody shot his father in the head, and seeing Marilea walking up behind his father, he shot her as well. His stepsister’s body was writhing about on the ground so he shot her in the head a second time so “she wouldn’t go tell or nothing.”
Cody then proceeded to obtain a backhoe which he used to carry the bodies to a manure pit where they were buried. Officials were able to follow the tracks to uncover the shallow grave.
But what is it that makes this story so special?
Well, Cody’s mom was actually awarded custody following her divorce from Paul. As she, Cody, and his stepfather were driving home to make a new life for themselves, their vehicle was struck and Cody’s mother was killed in the roll-over accident. Cody was a passenger in the car and witnessed his mother’s death.
Cody was terrified when he learned he was to be put back into the care of his father where he was verbally and physically abused during their custody battle. Paul’s second wife testified that she had protected Cody from his father’s wrath on many different occasions and at his trial, thirty-seven other witnesses retold accounts of Paul’s abusive ways. Two of which, fellow ranch hands, confirmed that on numerous occasions Cody had been smacked on the back of his hands with a hay hook, pointy end down. On another occasion, Paul had threatened to tear off Cody’s balls if he popped the clutch while driving the pick-up.
What really sent Cody over the edge was not getting slapped in the face, but when his father had tried to coerce Cody into having sex with Tyrone, who was also a proponent for Cody’s abuse, the night before. Paul’s second wife testified that Paul had an incest fetish and often watched pornography of that theme on his personal computer. He and Tyrone must have been a match made in heaven. After he refused to partake in this gross sexual act, Paul burned Cody with a welding iron.
Cody was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Marilea, second-degree murder in the death of Tyrone and voluntary manslaughter for the death of his father. The majority of the jurors wrote letters to the sentencing judge begging him to give Cody punishment as a juvenile and not an adult. Judge Counts spared the adult sentencing and gave Cody five years in a juvenile correctional facility, where he will be free to walk when he hits the age of 21. Had he been given the adult sentencing, he would have been in jail well into his 60′s.
Marilea’s biological father had this to say: “What we wanted for Cody was a chance, a chance to grow, a chance to be someone Judge Counts gave him that. Thank you … I do not believe that Marilea would have wanted Cody to be punished. He was already and she knew that.”
Cody’s defense attorney got emotional several times during the trial in which he attempted to speak of the ordeals Cody had been through. Gary Mitchell worked hard to make sure Cody would get nothing more than what he deserved.
“We put the blame on a 14-year-old for the sins and omissions of the adults,” Mitchell said. “This could have been prevented if those adults who stood by came forward, yet we expect him to act with greater courage.”
Does Cody Posy Deserve Hell?
- No, but his Father and Stepmother sure do (86%, 475 Votes)
- Yes, he killed his family (8%, 44 Votes)
- No one does (6%, 32 Votes)
Total Voters: 551
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