Seems the world is getting stranger and stranger. I feel bad for the kid who got stabbed, i don't know what he could have done to stop this from happening. All done over jealousy over a girl. Heres the "battle ax/mace."
Teenager in critical condition after being attacked with battle ax
July 30th, 2008 @ 5:30pm
By Gene Kennedy
A Kearns teenager was attacked with a battle ax. The teenager was mutilated right in his driveway, and the sister of one of the men accused of doing this is devastated.
Destini Augustine talked exclusively with Eyewitness News. She said, "I was thinking about it and asking, 'How could my brother do that?' My mom asked him why he was in jail, and he said he cut up a kid."
Cody Augustine is accused of stabbing 17-year-old Justin Ennis 11 to 12 times. According to police, that was after Augustine's friend, Scott Stapley, hit the teen with a four-bladed medieval battle ax. Lt. Paul Jaroscak, with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, says, "Our detectives are saying this could have easily decapitated this young man."
"That makes me sick," Destini Augustine said.
Jaroscak said, "Our detectives described it as something Conan the Barbarian used to ride through the crowd and strike soldiers with."
Investigators say the two suspects sent text messages to Ennis, luring him to his home. Then they attacked him on the street and stabbed him multiple times in his driveway. Bleeding profusely, the young man stumbled into his home, screaming for help.
According to detectives, the attack was motivated by jealousy over a girl.
The probable cause statement adds that Cody Augustine and Stapley confessed to the crime.
"They have done something that could land them in prison for many, many years," Jaroscak said.
When asked if she thought her brother should go to jail, Destini Augustine replied, "Yeah."
She does have a message for Justin Ennis' family. She said, "They're in our prayers and I'm sorry that happened to him. It's just horrible."
Ennis' injuries are horrific. His father tells us it took 300 stitches and 30 staples to close his neck. The teenager is in critical condition. His family believes he will survive.
Police were able to find the suspects because the victim ripped a necklace off one of them. It had the symbol of the Juggalos, a group that follows the rap band Insane Clown Posse. Police matched the necklace to a Juggalo bumper stick on an attacker's cars.
The district attorney is screening charges against the two suspects tonight.
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