Sunday, February 23, 2003

Slain teen's father points to video game

The Associated Press

MEDINA, Ohio - A teenager charged with killing a girl was obsessed with a video game that gives players points for carjackings and slayings, the victim's father says.

"These people are accomplices by my standards," Merle "Mickey" Mishne said of the maker of Grand Theft Auto 3.

His daughter, JoLynn Mishne, 17, of Montville Township, was bludgeoned with a bedpost and stabbed to death Nov. 2. Dustin Lynch, 16, of Medina, is charged as a juvenile with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. He is accused of stealing the girl's car.

"The game had something to do with it," said Jack Thompson, the lawyer for Merle Mishne.

A message seeking comment was left Friday for Dawn Berrie, a spokeswoman for Take2interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, which sells Grand Theft Auto 3.

Juvenile Court Judge John Lohn set a March 6 hearing on whether Lynch will be tried as an adult.

Lynch's lawyer, John Dolatowski, dismissed speculation about the game's role.

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