Former prosecutor weighs in on paralyzed teen who was shot
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CREATED May. 3, 2013
by Dave Culbreth
Fort Myers, Fla.
"You know what the hardest thing is? Laying down you can see your legs, you know they're there, but you do everything you possibly could, can, to try to move them but they won't move,” said Evan Vernadakis, a teenager left paralyzed that created more questions than answers. Shot at a New Year's Eve party and then not taken to the hospital until the next night. While he begged for help, his so-called friends took his cell phone because they realized they could be in trouble.
"It gets to me.......(pause).......and especially not knowing why.......(pause).........that's all I wanna know," added Vernadakis. He wants to know why none of the half dozen or so people there that night called 911 or took him to the hospital.
“It was supposed to be an accident, well if it was, then why did he keep me at the house for 18 hours?" asked Vernadakis. He's talking about Michael Korf, now charged with accidently shooting him.
His cousin, Ashley Gaudreau agrees, "The part that is sickening that I can not wrap my head around is that why would you hide it? How could you do that? What were you gonna tell me? 'Oh, I don't know where Evan is? What if he would've died? What was you gonna do with his body? Were you just gonna keep it a secret from us?”
"That's horrible, that's despicable. Someone gets shot you call somebody for help," said Joe D’Alessandro was the top prosecutor in Southwest Florida for 34 years. This evening he sat down with us to watch our report from last night. Then I asked him what his thoughts are. "I've never in my experience seen an instance where that long went before someone went to the hospital. I can't, I can't comprehend what happened. A person gets shot, they don't take him to the hospital, he's begging. You wouldn't leave an animal like that. You don't do that."
He added, "I can't fathom why someone wouldn't do that. When asked if he thought there was a law against it he said, “I've never looked something up like that but I can tell you this, I'd find something. There's got to be something wrong with what those people did.”
When asked what he would be looking at if he were still in the prosecutor's office he said, “I'd be looking to find whatever I could to charge them with something. There may be nothing to charge them with, I don't know."
He's talking about the half dozen or so people who, we're told, witnessed the shooting but did nothing. The alleged shooter is facing up to 17 years in prison on a felony charge related to shooting a firearm inside a dwelling and two misdemeanor charges.
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