Lakeland Teen Gang Attack Update
Posted by Shaun Dawson on April 15, 2008
8 Teenagers have been arrested and charged as adults in the brutal, animalistic beating of Victoria “Tori” Lindsay. See some of the court proceedings here. They have now all been released on bail ranging between $30,000 and $37,000 and placed under house arrest.
The parents of Victoria Lindsay, Talisa and Patrick Lindsay, speak out about the beating of their daughter:
One of the girls, Mercades Nichols, who is accused of being the ringleader of the group assault was bailed out of jail by people associated with Dr. Phil.
This was obviously an attempt by the show to have exclusive rights to the Mercades Nichols’ story and have her on the show as a guest. After receiving a lot of negative feedback they decided to cancel those plans. In an attempt at damage control Dr. Phil issued the following statement:
“We have helped guests and potential guests in the past when they need financial assistance to come on the show – assisting with clothing allowance, lost wages, accommodations, travel and necessities. In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines (re: the bail being paid). These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised.”
A Polk County judge, J. Michael McCarthy, issued a gag order in the case after parents of some of the teens and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd appeared on national TV shows discussing the case this week.
In the meantime Victoria Lindsay is recovering slowly from the injuries she sustained in the vicious beating at her friend’s house. She suffered a concussion and, even though more than a week has passed since the attack, has not fully regained her hearing and vision on her left side. However, as the swelling subsides, doctors hope those will return. According to her parents, Victoria will not return to Mulberry High school.