The mother of twin brothers accused of murdering a Good Samaritan in a vicious attack has come to their defense.
Gerald and Jared Smith, both 18, of Fresno, California, are accused of attacking and murdering bicyclist Nathan Halsted when he came to the aid of a woman being assaulted them, reports The Fresno Bee.
A video of the attack was shown at a police news conference. Halsted can reportedly be seen in the video being punched, kicked, and stomped by the suspects -- who then fled.
Halsted died after being run over by a motorist who did not see him lying on the ground.
The brothers allegedly also attacked another man on foot and a motorist who tried to stop their activities. Their fingerprints were left on the motorist’s vehicle, which later led police to them.
Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said the two young men “were like animals pursuing prey” during the attacks.
Their mother disagrees—she believes they were just trying to defend themselves.
"My boys they got jumped, and these weren't boys they were fighting with; these were grown men," said their mother Lou Ann Smith to ABC 30 Action News. "They just turned 18, and they have a lot of dreams they work hard for."
Smith also believes the driver of the vehicle that ran over Halsted should be facing murder charges, not her sons.
"They did not run over this man, so where is the person who hit this man,” Smith said. “Where is he at?"
The investigators in the case are only concerned with Gerald and Jared.
"The people who are responsible for this are Gerald and Jared Smith who were the ones that beat this victim and allowed him to be run over and killed," said Chief Dyer.
Both Jared and Gerald have confessed and are being charged with murder.