Imagine my surprise when I tuned in to WFTV yesterday morning and saw the report on Michael Stalling's flight from justice. He was originally charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, and was allowed to plead to the lesser charge of Aggravated Battery (Great Bodily Harm) on March 23, 2009. He was supposed to be in court on Tuesday for sentencing.
Four things concern me:
1. That he was offered the opportunity to plead to a lesser charge after he (allegedly) stood up from a couch while watching TV, jumped on top of his wife, and stabbed her 7 times.
2. The fact that Judge John Adams allowed Stalling out of jail while awaiting sentencing in order to visit his sick mother. Putting a GPS device on someone who is facing a lengthy sentence (his criminal record is extensive) is not going to assure his return to court.
3. The fact that WFTV didn't mention the judge's name in their reporting of this incident.
4. The fact that only one news agency reported his flight. Everyone seems to be too busy covering the fact that there are depositions being taken in the Casey Anthony case this week. Stalling's face ought to be posted everyone so he can be found and locked up and so his victim can have peace.