Who Was Bobby Maher? 14-Year-Old Killed by Two Other Teens While Protecting His Girlfriend from Attack

Teen's girlfriend broke down during tribute to him

In a tragic incident involving four teens at Casper's Eastridge Mall, 14-year-old Bobby Maher lost his life while protecting his girlfriend from two assailants, Dominique Antonio Richard Harris, 15, and Jarreth Plunkett, also 15. Harris, facing serious charges including conspiracy to commit murder, appeared in court recently and pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors detailed how Harris allegedly restrained Maher while Plunkett fatally stabbed him during the April altercation.

According to court records, Harris confessed to holding Maher down, claiming he wanted to end the fight, but surveillance footage contradicts this, showing Harris pinning Maher as Plunkett attacked. The confrontation arose after Maher responded to his girlfriend's distress call, reporting that Harris and Plunkett had been stalking them. Earlier, the two teens allegedly stole knives from a local Target store.

The incident stemmed from tensions dating back to a spring break encounter at an Evansville park, where Maher reportedly questioned Harris and Plunkett about their behavior. This exchange, described by Harris as provocative, allegedly led to escalating animosity culminating in the deadly encounter at the mall.

Bobby Maher
Bobby Maher 14, was killed by two ski-masked teens while protecting his girlfriend from the attack X

Harris, who is being tried as an adult faces multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, aggravated battery, assault, and misdemeanor theft. His defense attorney, Brandon Booth, indicated Harris might plead not guilty by reason of mental illness or deficiency. During the court proceedings, Harris expressed uncertainty about any prior diagnosis of learning disabilities.

Meanwhile, Plunkett, also implicated in Maher's death, entered a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness or deficiency. A judge ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation as part of the legal process.

Bobby Maher and Girlfriend

The tragic incident has deeply affected the community, highlighting concerns about youth violence and safety in public spaces. Maher's young girlfriend broke down during tribute to him. As legal proceedings continue, both defendants await their next court appearances, with Harris potentially facing a life sentence if convicted of the most serious charges against him.

The case underscores the complexities of adolescent behavior and legal responsibility, prompting discussions about preventive measures and community support for youth at risk of violence.