(ReliableNews.org) – On August 14, 64-year-old Andreas Probst, a retired California police chief, was out for a bicycle ride around 6 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. Shortly after, the driver of the car, then-17-year-old Jesus Ayala, was arrested for the accident. However, authorities soon discovered the teen and his passenger, 16-year-old Jzamir Keys, recorded the incident and posted it on social media in which one was heard saying “Yeah, hit his a—.” The contents of the video led to the pair being charged with murder. In a recent court appearance, the teens mocked the victim’s family.
Ayala and Keys, who are both being tried as adults, appeared in court on Tuesday, October 24, and immediately began acting out. Footage shows them covering their faces so as not to be seen by cameras and covering their mouths to suppress laughter. To make matters worse, one of the teen’s attorneys also appeared to be laughing. When the teens were led out of the courtroom, they smirked at the victim’s family and Ayala allegedly flipped them off.
The actions angered Probst’s family, especially his daughter, 27-year-old Taylor Probst, who said the kids were acting like “entitled punk[s],” according to the New York Post. She spoke with reporters after the appearance and said the two “really had no remorse” and it seemed “that this is just a game to them.” The victim’s wife, Crystal Probst, also called out the public defender who said he was worried about a fair trial because of the social media video that could skew the public’s bias. She said the defense was “just trying to mad-dog us and intimidate us” noting that the defense is the one who put the video out into the media in the first place.
In bodycam footage later released, Ayala was heard saying he would be out of jail in 30 days and asking “Is it really that serious?” talking about the car crash. Probst’s daughter blames the teens’ families for failing their children.
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