Man Guilty of Murdering Ex-Gilfriend
Jurors on Friday convicted Zachery Otis Matthews of murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Kristine Catheryn Larson. According to the Twin Cities.com article, the jury found him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and one count of interference with a dead body.
The Twin Cities.com article later went on to say that Matthews murdered Larson after hitting her and knocking her unconscious. He then used a shoelace to strangle her. Matthews was believed to have been upset because Larson was late picking him up to go Christmas shopping for their 2-year-old son.
According to the Star Tribune article, Matthews was believed to be so upset because Larson had broken up with him and was together with another man. When Larson arrived to pick up Matthews to go shopping for their son, he was so upset about her being with another man that he hit her and then straggled her right in front of their son. Now, their son is having night terrors and saying such things as "Momma sad, Dada bad."
Both articles are good background articles full of quotes and opinions from Larson's family members. The thing that separates the two articles is the angle that each took.
The Twin Cities.com article is simply informing the reader of what took place in the case and the details of the story. The Star Tribune article goes on to take the angle that Larson's mother is now speaking out about being in an abusive relationship, which her daughter was believed to be in with Matthews.
The Star Tribune article is full of quotes and comments from Larson's mother on how to get out of abusive relationships and who to let know if you are experiencing one. The article gives off an educational message, which is interesting to see in a news article because usually they are just straight facts on what took place.