Sick: No Personal Defense

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    Updated: It was the drugs.

    Oh well, lets just forgive him because it wasn't his fault, it was the alcohol, and drugs. I hope the other charges referred to are attempted murder, or something that will keep in prison for a long, long time.



    Suspect: Alcohol, drug abuse are to blame for beating

    By Lynn LaRowe Texarkana Gazette

    A man accused of assaulting a woman last week told a Miller County Circuit Judge abuse of whiskey and drugs are to blame.
    “The allegations are only allegations at this point, but there is reason to believe this is far beyond an alcohol or drug problem,” Miller County Circuit Judge Jim Hudson shortly after setting Heath Shane Dickerson’s bail at $150,000. “There is probable cause to believe you committed this offense. You have no prior felony convictions, but there is a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, assaults and resistance to law enforcement efforts to reign you in.”
    Dickerson, 27, is alleged to have beaten Brittany Nicole Gerber, 26, over a period of hours Friday. Dickerson told Hudson he wanted to get counseling and continue his relationship with Gerber.
    “The day this happened I’d been drinking a bunch of whis- key,” Dickerson said. “It all boils down to me having a drug and alcohol problem. It’s got pretty bad.”
    Dickerson told Hudson he had previously completed a drug treatment program but that he had relapsed and was using alcohol and crack cocaine.
    Dickerson seemed stunned when Hudson announced his bail would be set at $150,000.
    “Stand down sir,” Hudson said as Dickerson began to speak again.
    Hudson told Dickerson that if he does manage to post bond he is to have no contact with Gerber or any member of her family.
    “That means no messages, no calls, no driving by, no nothing,” Hudson warned.
    To secure his release through a commercial bondsman, Dickerson will have to raise $15,000 cash and put up $150,000 worth of collateral.
    Hudson appointed the Miller County Public Defender’s Office to represent Dickerson after he denied being able to afford a private defense attorney.
    Dickerson was ordered to return to court July 8 for a pretrial hearing.
    According to Melanie Long, Gerber’s mother, she is recovering from a broken neck, fractured jaw, numerous broken bones in her face and multiple stab wounds. Long said Dickerson used a 10 pound dumbbell weight, his fists and a butter knife in the alleged assault.
    Gerber was taken off a ventilator Monday that had been helping her breathe. Gerber’s airway was being restricted by the swelling in her face and neck, Long said.
    “She’s in a lot of pain and she’s very weak,” Long said. “She’s on a feeding tube. She’s so confused and scared.”
    Long said the feeding tube was inserted because doctors had to wire Gerber’s broken jaw shut. Gerber is scheduled to face a second surgery on her face Thursday, Long said.
    The victim was discovered Friday by co-workers who were concerned when she didn’t come to work, according to a spokesman with the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department. Dickerson was arrested Monday when a neighbor called police after spotting him entering the same house where the assault occurred.
    Hudson began Dickerson’s first court appearance by explaining his constitutional rights to remain silent and have a lawyer. Currently, Dickerson faces a single count of first-degree domestic battery, Hudson said.
    “We will be investigating to see if any other charges are warranted and it looks like they will be,” said Deputy Prosecutor Carlton Jones.
    Jones said the domestic battery charge Dickerson currently faces carries a punishment range of between six and 30 years in an Arkansas prison.
    Before Hudson set Dickerson’s bail, Dickerson asked Hudson for leniency. “With me having a job right now and kids I was wondering if you could make it to where I could reach a bond and keep being productive,” Dickerson said. “Please.”
    Hudson told Dickerson he had to consider his prior criminal history and the current offense to determine an appropriate bail amount. Dickerson told Hudson he remembered appearing before him as a juvenile for alleged crimes such as forgery, theft, breaking and entering and robbery.
    Hudson’s review of the suspect’s criminal history included charges of battery and cruelty to an animal in 1990.
    “I killed a pet snake I had given to my ex-girlfriend,” Dickerson said. “I think it was a Ball Python. She didn’t want it anymore.”
    Hudson also mentioned Dickerson’s arrest in 2002 for DWI, possession of drugs and refusal to submit to breathalyzer testing. “On that drug parerphenalia charge it was a small pipe with a little bit of marijuana in it,” Dickerson said.
    “It was my ex-girlfriend’s and she never would come forward and confess.”
    Dickerson was arrested in January by officials in Miller County for assaulting Gerber. He told Hudson he was supposed to begin anger management classes this week.
    “We got into it at a motel here,” Dickerson said. “They were going to let me take some classes and probate me for a year.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    He has shown that he can not function in our society and must be permanently removed from it, either life in prison or a more permanent solution
    OK, my vote is for the 'more permanent solution'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    I vote for the more permanent solution.
    +1. Too bad he didn't end up going to the wrong house and meet Mr. Magnum.
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    Did you notice that everything he has been charged with before was someone else's fault? "it was the booze and drugs fault", yea right.
    Once a verdict of guilty is rendered, he immediatly needs to be marched into the courthouse square and HUNG, by the neck, until dead!
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    Y'all are all way to hasty on your thoughts for this guys future. 20 years even 10 years is to harsh for this young man. We need to offer his a nice sit down dinner, and then a chair... an electric chair!!!
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    Unhappy We are Brit's Family

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    Police nab suspect in beating

    Investigators say victim was beaten and stabbed throughout Friday

    By Terri Richardson and Lynn LaRowe
    Texarkana Gazette



    The suspect in a severe domestic battery case will appear before a Miller County district judge today as the victim’s mother prays for healing and for justice.
    Heath Shane Dickerson, 27, was arrested about 11 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of East 38th Street in Texarkana, Ark., by the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department, said Officer Kristi Mitchell, TAPD spokesman.
    Dickerson was seen by a neighbor Monday morning as he reportedly was entering the same house where Brittany Nicole Gerber, 26, was found beaten and stabbed on Friday, Mitchell said.
    “It was determined during the investigation that the suspect ... beat and hit Gerber throughout the day after he became angry with her,” said Mitchell. “During the altercation, Dickerson stabbed Gerber numerous times on the head and neck, causing serious injuries.”
    Gerber was discovered after her co-workers went to the residence to check on her when she did not show up for work, Mitchell said.
    The suspect fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, said Mitchell.
    A warrant for Dickerson’s arrest on a felony, first-degree domestic battery charge was issued prior to his arrest, Mitchell said.
    After he was arrested by TAPD officers, Dickerson was taken to the Bi-State Justice Building and has since been transferred to the Miller County Correctional Facility.
    Meanwhile, the victim is receiving medical attention.
    “It’s going to be a long, hard, terrible process,” said Gerber’s mother, Melanie Long, of the recovery the victim has ahead of her. “We’re just praying every day that she gets better.”
    Long says her daughter told her she was beaten over a period of hours.
    Long’s daughter told her there was a belt around her neck used to choke her and she was beaten in the face and neck with a 10-pound dumbbell weight and fists.
    Long said Gerber was also stabbed with a butter knife countless times and the knife was used to cut her ears. One of Gerber’s ears required reattachment, Long said.
    Long said Gerber’s jaw is wired shut after being broken in three places. Gerber’s neck is broken as are many other bones in her face, Long said.
    A ventilator, which was being used to help Gerber breathe, was removed Monday morning, Long said.
    The ventilator was necessary because the swelling in Gerber’s face and neck were restricting her airway, Long said.
    Dickerson is not serving a term of probation in either Miller or Bowie counties, according to officials.
    In 2007, Dickerson was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail for assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest and criminal trespass, records show.
    Once investigators with the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department have completed their investigation, the case file will be delivered to the prosecutor’s office serving Miller County. Based on the information in the file, prosecutors will determine with what crimes they will charge Dickerson.
    If convicted of first-degree battery, Dickerson faces five to 20 years in an Arkansas prison. Kidnapping carries a penalty of five to 20 years as well.


    I am not sure there is a book big enough to throw at this guy.
    I would like to respond to this forum with thanks for the support all of you have shown Brit. While I don't think it would be likely that she could have done anything to protect herself from Heath, I'm pretty sure that, had she had a firearm in the house, the situation would have been even more grim than it already turned out to be. It is 7 years later and Brit suffers from grand mal seizures, neck and back pain and has had a couple of stints in the hospital for related issues because of his totally heinous actions. I cannot find words strong enough to describe my feelings on this subject. I know Brit and she is a loving and gentle person who rarely raises her voice above a loud giggle. She is sweet and I know of no one who doesn't want to be around her. Because of Heath she is always apologizing for any imagined slight or misstep she may have taken. I sometimes cry because the vivacious girl who used to be on cheerleading squad is gone replaced by this damaged young woman who is frightened of nearly everything. I wish I could say that a CCP would have been helpful, but in this case I think it would have been deadly in spite of the intent.
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    He needs to be brought to justice cause he's going to end up killing someone.Where I live in Central Maine we had
    an incident where he has a history of abuse so the former girlfriend bought a gun and when he showed up he overpowered her and shot her with the gun.He's been running around in the Maine wilderness since mid July.When the police get ahold of this coward I hope is is one of God's stupid people and shoots at the police and the officers chlorinate the gene pool.
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    Just a little update for you all who expressed an interest in meeting Heath. He's currently making a whole lot of new friends at a Texas correctional facility. I understand he is the belle of the ball most evenings and has a new boyfriend named Bubba that claims to have fallen in love with him instantly. Who can blame poor old toothless Bubba? Heath is such a catch
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    I would like to respond to this forum with thanks for the support all of you have shown Brit. While I don't think it would be likely that she could have done anything to protect herself from Heath, I'm pretty sure that, had she had a firearm in the house, the situation would have been even more grim than it already turned out to be. It is 7 years later and Brit suffers from grand mal seizures, neck and back pain and has had a couple of stints in the hospital for related issues because of his totally heinous actions. I cannot find words strong enough to describe my feelings on this subject. I know Brit and she is a loving and gentle person who rarely raises her voice above a loud giggle. She is sweet and I know of no one who doesn't want to be around her. Because of Heath she is always apologizing for any imagined slight or misstep she may have taken. I sometimes cry because the vivacious girl who used to be on cheerleading squad is gone replaced by this damaged young woman who is frightened of nearly everything. I wish I could say that a CCP would have been helpful, but in this case I think it would have been deadly in spite of the intent.
    Since this came up in 2008, what was the disposition of the offender?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    I would like to respond to this forum with thanks for the support all of you have shown Brit. While I don't think it would be likely that she could have done anything to protect herself from Heath, I'm pretty sure that, had she had a firearm in the house, the situation would have been even more grim than it already turned out to be. It is 7 years later and Brit suffers from grand mal seizures, neck and back pain and has had a couple of stints in the hospital for related issues because of his totally heinous actions. I cannot find words strong enough to describe my feelings on this subject. I know Brit and she is a loving and gentle person who rarely raises her voice above a loud giggle. She is sweet and I know of no one who doesn't want to be around her. Because of Heath she is always apologizing for any imagined slight or misstep she may have taken. I sometimes cry because the vivacious girl who used to be on cheerleading squad is gone replaced by this damaged young woman who is frightened of nearly everything. I wish I could say that a CCP would have been helpful, but in this case I think it would have been deadly in spite of the intent.
    I'm sure I speak for more than myself here on DC. Our prayers go out for Brit and all of you. There is no punishment that would equate to Justice for such an evil act IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    I would like to respond to this forum with thanks for the support all of you have shown Brit. While I don't think it would be likely that she could have done anything to protect herself from Heath, I'm pretty sure that, had she had a firearm in the house, the situation would have been even more grim than it already turned out to be. It is 7 years later and Brit suffers from grand mal seizures, neck and back pain and has had a couple of stints in the hospital for related issues because of his totally heinous actions. I cannot find words strong enough to describe my feelings on this subject. I know Brit and she is a loving and gentle person who rarely raises her voice above a loud giggle. She is sweet and I know of no one who doesn't want to be around her. Because of Heath she is always apologizing for any imagined slight or misstep she may have taken. I sometimes cry because the vivacious girl who used to be on cheerleading squad is gone replaced by this damaged young woman who is frightened of nearly everything. I wish I could say that a CCP would have been helpful, but in this case I think it would have been deadly in spite of the intent.
    I'm sure I speak for more than myself here on DC. Our prayers go out for Brit and all of you. There is no punishment that would equate to Justice for such an evil act IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    I would like to respond to this forum with thanks for the support all of you have shown Brit. While I don't think it would be likely that she could have done anything to protect herself from Heath, I'm pretty sure that, had she had a firearm in the house, the situation would have been even more grim than it already turned out to be. It is 7 years later and Brit suffers from grand mal seizures, neck and back pain and has had a couple of stints in the hospital for related issues because of his totally heinous actions. I cannot find words strong enough to describe my feelings on this subject. I know Brit and she is a loving and gentle person who rarely raises her voice above a loud giggle. She is sweet and I know of no one who doesn't want to be around her. Because of Heath she is always apologizing for any imagined slight or misstep she may have taken. I sometimes cry because the vivacious girl who used to be on cheerleading squad is gone replaced by this damaged young woman who is frightened of nearly everything. I wish I could say that a CCP would have been helpful, but in this case I think it would have been deadly in spite of the intent.
    Thanks, but I looked it up. He's in for a long time. The official record doesn't reflect if the sentences are concurrent or not, but it's a bit over 30 years, in any event...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebS View Post
    Just a little update for you all who expressed an interest in meeting Heath. He's currently making a whole lot of new friends at a Texas correctional facility. I understand he is the belle of the ball most evenings and has a new boyfriend named Bubba that claims to have fallen in love with him instantly. Who can blame poor old toothless Bubba? Heath is such a catch
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    DebS, As a member here for a couple of years this crime was way before my time here . First off please accept my prayers to Brit and your Family as anyone that would do something like this to anyone is beyond my comprehension and the person that did this needs to spend every last moment in hell .

    Even as the years have passed i wish her more peace each day and your family .
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    Sadly, there was NO armed self defense, which is the sole purpose of this sub-forum.

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    Forum: In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    In the news encounters between the bad guys and legally armed good guys, with both successful, and not so successful, outcomes. Armed citizens have a fighting chance against criminals; those without are at their mercy.



    Moved to Off Topic.
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