Man Sentenced To Probation After Killing Individual He Suspected Sold His Son Marijuana

Thursday, 18 July 1996

A father was given three year's probation after pleading guilty to killing the man he suspected of selling marijuana to his teenage son. The defendant, Dennis Denham, had been indicted for second degree murder.

Emotions ran high for participants on both sides of the case. At one point, the shooting victim's mother told the court that the defendant could see his children, but added that, "[She has] to go to the cemetery to see [hers.]"

Denham apparently blamed the man for injuries his son sustained in an auto accident while allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana. "Have we demonized marijuana consumers in this country to such a point that we allow citizens to murder them and get away with it?" questioned NORML Deputy Director Allen St. Pierre.