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Boys to be jailed for 'copy-cat crime'

02 July 1999  |  Written by   

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A pair of teenaged cousins who told police that the film Scream inspired them to kill one of their mothers have been found guilty at their trial in California. Mario Padilla, 17 and co-defendant Samuel Ramirez, 15, will be sentenced today or on Monday, but they do not face the death penalty because they were juveniles at the time of the murder.

Pailla’s mother was found dead on January 13 1998. She had been stabbed 45 times with a collection of weapons, including different types of knives and a screwdriver. Although the boys told the authorities that the murder was influenced by their obsession with Scream and Scream 2, the judge at Compton Superior Court ruled that this could not be offered in the defence.

Judge John Cheroske issued a statement before proceedings saying, "The court orders that any and all 'Scream' evidence is excluded from this trial. The court orders that this case is not to be referred to as the 'Scream' murder case."

However, in a preliminary hearing the boys reportedly said that the methods of murder in the Scream films are “cool” and said of Gina Padilla’s death, "It was a perfect way to kill somebody. "Padilla faces life imprisonment, Ramirez up to 25 years.

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