Robert Joseph Price Acted in Self Defense in Fatal Shooting of Neighborhood Foe: Lawyer

See Update No. 2 on page 2 where Robert Joseph Prince's lawyer claims his client acted in self defense. Update No. 1 on the next page is on the murder counts against Prince and the possible sentence he faces with a conviction.

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ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 21, 12:19 P.M.: A long-simmering dispute between neighbors resulted in one Garden Grove man murdering another early today, according to police.

Robert Joseph Price, 52, is suspected of murdering 53-year-old Glen Ray Berry in the 12600 block of Poplar Street around 1:20 a.m., says a Garden Grove Police statement.

Price told officers who arrived on a call about a shooting on Poplar Street that he had been involved before directing them to Berry, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

Officers add the shooting was related to a long-time dispute between the neighbors. No one else was injured, and no other suspects are being sought.

What is being sought is more information about the incident. If you can help, contact Garden Grove Police Investigator Reynolds at 714.741.5828.

UPDATE NO. 1, JUNE 25, 11:22 A.M.: Robert Joseph Prince is scheduled to be arraigned in Westminster this afternoon on one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

Currently being held on $1 million bail, the 52-year-old faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison with a conviction, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) arraignment statement.

The statement also sheds more light on the incident that turned a long-simmering neighborhood dispute between Price and Glen Ray Berry violent:

"At approximately 1 a.m. on June 21, 2013, Price is accused of making noise and lighting fireworks in his backyard, which shares a back fence with the victim's home. Berry walked to the defendant's home and knocked on the security screen on the defendant's door. Price is accused of opening the front door and shooting the unarmed victim in the face through the closed security screen door."

UPDATE NO. 2, JUNE 25, 5:43 P.M.: Robert Price acted in self-defense when he fatally shot neighbor Glen Ray Berry in the face, the murder defendant's attorney claims.

But Price did not enter a plea this afternoon at the Westminster courthouse, and his arraignment was rescheduled for July 10. His bail remains at $1 million.

"To me, it's a pretty straightforward self-defense case," Bart Kasperowicz, Price's defense attorney, reportedly told City News Service.

Berry earlier had been making noise in his backyard, prompting an argument that had the neighbors "throwing things at each other," according to Kasperowicz, who added that's what spurred Berry to come to Price's front door "in a violent and scary way."

Berry was so angry, according to Kasperowicz, "he tried to knock down the fence" in his client's yard. "That kind of freaked (Price) out."

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brokeninkd
brokeninkd

The ONLY innocent victims here are the two families that are left to pick up the pieces.  There is no GOOD GUY or BAD GUY.  Both guys are at blame.  Nobody wanted this to happen, but in my opinion, it was the SYSTEM that failed here.  The system can't do anything until SOMETHING HAPPENS.  Well guess what GARDEN GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT!!  Look what happened!  All those years of "We can't do anything until something happens"....well something very tragic finally happened. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

I didn't know there were white people left in Garden Grove -- but I guess there are two fewer now.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Takeaway from this is that there's lots of unbalanced people out there. There's also more guns than people in this country. So if a neighbor is disturbing you, just call the cops or do something in retaliation (cut their brakelines or pour used motor oil on their lawn when they're not home). Don't go over in the middle of the night knocking on their door and being confrontational. Yeah this guy is probably gonna be found guilty of murder but who cares when you're dead. At least take a gun (concealed) with you when you go. Guy blasts you through the door it's not gonna do much good but better than nothing. I realize this will make the homocide justified but again who cares if you're dead.  

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

Here is another Article,                                                                                                                                            I was told that, Price was throwing fireworks into Berry's Backyard......That is what made him go over there to have him stop.  Berry probably couldn't sleep due to this and his family as well.  Yes they do have evidence of Fireworks in Berry's Backyard. I knew about this before all of this Hit the Paper.

 WESTMINSTER – A man has been charged with murdering his neighbor by shooting him in the face. Robert Joseph Price, 52, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Price is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the West Justice Center, Westminster. The Department is to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Price is accused of being a neighbor to 53-year-old Glen Berry and having an ongoing dispute with the victim.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on June 21, 2013, Price is accused of making noise and lighting fireworks in his backyard, which shares a back fence with the victim’s home. Berry walked to the defendant’s home and knocked on the security screen on the defendant’s door. Price is accused of opening the front door and shooting the unarmed victim in the face through the closed security screen door.

The Garden Grove Police Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. The investigation is ongoing.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

I'm not assuming anything. I'm just stating sanarios. Don't go on calling this guy a murderer if you have no idea what went on. You have no idea what went on, there's no reason to judge this guy yet until the facts are stated and he's proven innocent or guilty. Maybe you're right and he did just kill him for no reason, maybe you're wrong and he was just acting in self defense.

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

I highly doubt you know these people. Nobody knows what really happened. You just can't assume anything. If you're woken up with fireworks then arguing with that person and he comes banging at your door at 1 in the morning with intent to hurt, what's your first reaction? How do you know Robert didn't call the cops and it just escalated before they came?

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

It says it Right here in this article, if you'd take the time too Read it correctly.  It says ..........

"At approximately 1 a.m. on June 21, 2013, Price is accused of making noise and lighting fireworks in his backyard, which shares a back fence with the victim's home. Berry walked to the defendant's home and knocked on the security screen on the defendant's door. Price is accused of opening the front door and shooting the" unarmed victim in the face through the closed security screen door".

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

Plus in any case, you don't come runnin and knockin on your neighbour's door who you've had problems with for the past 14 years at 1 in the morning. Especially come banging on it...

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

Where did it ever say that berry was unarmed? Do you actually know these people? Do you know whatactually fucking happened? Were you there? Robert was a guy who never even stayed up past 9 pm. He had no reason to even be up that late unless berry was doing something. You think berry so nice? This shit was going on for 14 years, with berry throwing rocks over the fence or rocks at Roberts cars and shit. Why don't you guys get the whole story before you start assuming thing... You're making asses out of yourselves

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

I don't understand what makes people think that they can just take someones Life. This world is not made for everyone to get along, but it does Not give the Right for some one to just open fire on someone.  I have known Glen for 30+ yrs.  We all have things in our lives that can become irritating, but the Glen I knew was a Great Person, Loving Husband, and Father.  The Family that he left behind will be for ever changed. I can only imagine what it will be like for his daughter, not to Mention, his wife and son.

This world we live in today is something else.  I think that "YES" the Police should of been called, I also think that according to this article, Price was a Coward, who had to take manners in his own Psycho way. He could of called the police, just as he did after taking Glen's life.  I hope he likes the roof over his head where he is at now, and I hope it is Permanent.  Oh but... he will be taken care of there too right. He will get to eat,sleep,shower, and see the light of day. He will still have TV, Play cards, Workout, and Have Visitors too.  Not for Glen,  I so feel for the Berry Family, because they were a Family...

Tommyray
Tommyray

So what if he knocked the door down doesn't matter even if that happened,

Did he get in the house and get physical?

Idiot deserves the death penalty.

Brandy Andreana Acosta
Brandy Andreana Acosta

Is that what they want to call it this guy is a nut to kill a husband a father of 2 his little girl just turned 13 I wish Glen never walled over and just called the cops but who knew mr hot head was going to explode from what I heard his wife was leaving so that's makes it ok to kill someone disgusted and I hope he gets life in prison I knew Glen he was a good man that did not deserve to die my prayers are with his wife and children

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

I wonder how my "neighbors" in unit 3 and 4 of Garden Grove hell house are doing. This is why people like Stan Knee and whatever criminal dog shit he was paling around with belong in federal prison for life. Total mockery of the Constitution of the United States of America. 

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

@vegandawg23   You are so right, Like I said in my original post, (Even though Glen was a Good Friend of Mine)  The police should of been called, and Glen should of stayed Home. The person I have known for so many years, was Really a Great Guy. I will Miss him a lot.  He was a good dad, and his daughter was a Daddy's Girl...  What a shame,that it had to end this way.  I could't even retaliate even if I had a dispute with my Neighbor like that by cutting the break line or such.

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

@youngbudda93 Use a Gun,and kill someone, Go to Prison ....How can you say it was self defense when he was shot Through a Closed Security Screen.  Glen Never saw it coming at all, The Frikin door was shut other then the main front door behind a screen.  The Man shot and Killed some one.  Price was not just woken up out of a sleep either..  The man Snapped and is now a Murderer, He told it to the Pd that he was involved in a Murder. He is guilty, there is Blood all over the place to Prove it, and it's not Price's Blood either.  Not a scratch on him.  Maybe he was having a bad day because his wife was leaving him too.

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

@youngbudda93   Your the one who is Assuming,  YES.......I know these people, known them for a long time. You say we are making Asses of ourselves, well guess you just made an ass out of you too.  Take a look in the mirror before you post about assuming. NOBODY DESERVES TO BE SHOT AND KILLED over stupid things like this.  And Again, Glen was Unarmed, Price should of Never opened the Door if he was so Freak Out.

YVan
YVan

@whatheckareusayin I threw fireworks to your back yard and made noise. why didn't you call the police, what were you intending or wanting to do to me when you come to my house? to reason with me or to beat the hell out of me because you think you are a tough guy who  can take care of me? what I'm going to do? what are you going to do if you were me? 

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

@youngbudda93It says it Right here in this article, if you'd take the time too Read it correctly.  It says ..........


"At approximately 1 a.m. on June 21, 2013, Price is accused of making noise and lighting fireworks in his backyard, which shares a back fence with the victim's home. Berry walked to the defendant's home and knocked on the security screen on the defendant's door. Price is accused of opening the front door and shooting the" UNARMED VICTIM "   in the Face through the closed security screen door".
Do I know these ppl........Sure Do!!!!!!  so who just made an ass of themselves??  You just did.    
NO ONE DESERVES TO HAVE THERE FACE BLOWN OFF Through a Security Screen. Like I said before, Price should of called the Pd, and Berry should of done the same.  So I guess we are all ASSes!!

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

One more thing here, It says that Glen was Unarmed, that goes to show you he would never take a life. Now that Glen has No Voice to defend himself, only Hot Heads story will be heard and only he knows what took place at the door, in his "Kind of Freaked Out Mind"  he can cry like a frighten lil baby... and say all he wants now, Hope he is Proud of him self, cuz Price, will pay a Price.

brokeninkd
brokeninkd

Though this is very tragic, there's no reason to go flailing around erroneous accusations.  We all see different sides of people.  Where you saw the good, others saw the bad.  And I'm damn sure there was a MUCH different side to Glen than what you saw of him.  As I said in my previous comment though, the only innocent victims are the families here.  My prayers are as well with his wife and children.

fred14nx05y
fred14nx05y

@Brandy Andreana Acosta I wish you knew how to write a proper sentence because I am sure you had something really interesting to say.  But no one will ever know.

jeffh1077
jeffh1077

Your comment makes about as much sense as your videos. First I don't think Stan Knee has be around since the early 90's. get over it already. Second what does that comment have to do with the story? Take your paranoid ass back under that rock please.

venice.mentor
venice.mentor

@whatheckareusayin @youngbudda93 I heard that Price was going through a divorce and not very happy about it.  Berry's and Price's relationship had been bad for a year - Lots of antagonism. But it sounds to me like he was waiting for and just shot right through the door.  I now hear Price is out on bail - true??  I don't know, but he killed a man which is bull shit.

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

How do you know berry wasn't trying to break through the screen? It said he was trying to break down the fence. You have no idea wtf went on. No one was there except for those two. For all you know he thought he was trying to break into the house. I'm not gonna assume anything. I'm just waiting for facts

brandyacosta
brandyacosta

Hey Fred why don't you shut the Hell up sorry but sometimes the best thing to say to douche bags like you is Fuck off PEOPLE DO KNOW WHAT I MEANT. Assholes like you point out the stupid shit moral of the story is Glen was a good man and great to my son and his friends and a wonderful father and husband and I just wished that Glen didn't walk over to that sorry excuse piece of shits house. O and Fred I wish you knew how to shut your mouth :P Didn't your mom ever teach you if you have nothing nice to say don't say it a real man would of never said your RUDE comment. Sorry people I just read this and it kind of pissed me off. I might not be the smartest person but it takes an Ass to point out shit. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@jeffh1077 And OC law has been acting like civil rights violating morons since the 90's. 

At least your spelling correctly when you insult people. You'd be surprised how much more stupid some in your crowd are. 

youngbudda93
youngbudda93

I know Robert. He's not one to freak out like that over nothing... Even with all the stuff going on in his life. But like I said no one knows what really happened. Just got to wait and see

whatheckareusayin
whatheckareusayin

@youngbudda93 Like I stated in the 1st place, The PD should of been called...... I'll I can say is I've lost a Good Friend, to something so senseless..  They fought for 14yrs, but someone had to use a GUN  I am sure if Glen... was Pounding on the door and making a seen,surly some of the neighbors would of heard it.  Price had time to go get a Gun, and use it as soon as he opened that door.  End of Feud, End of Life. End of Story.. He went to the front door Unarmed, is he gonna Break in with out any protection...  Oh come on. and that is what Price told the officers too.  "He came to my Front door".

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Why ... thank you for that correction. Now can you help get Stan Knee back to OC so in court we can correct his misinterpretation of the US Constitution and his oath as Garden Grove Police Chief

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