Law & Order Cast Want Menendez Brothers To Get Parole For One Reason

Back in 1989, the nation was riveted by the details of a gruesome murder that took place in affluent Beverly Hills. Lyle and Erik Menendez killed their parents in cold blood. The brothers were arrested and found guilty in a sensationalized trial, and they are currently serving out life sentences. A new show, ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,’ digs into the case in full detail. As the Daily Mail shares, cast members indicate that they now have a better understanding of why the brothers did what they did.

“I hope they do get parole. I think they deserve parole. I believe from the get-go, the next day, they regretted it...for sure,” says Lolita Davidovich, who plays slain mother Kitty on the NBC show. “It was an act of passion, it was stupid, immature and it was tragic. So all four lives ended tragically. No killing is justifiable but it is understandable. These boys' lives were torture and it was a rage killing. Premeditated by a day or two to get to the guns but they clearly couldn't endure any more of the psychological, physical and emotional cumulative effect. The male brain doesn't form fully until the mid to late 20s - and they were kids. So the reality for them and expectations and the father's philosophy and it was a total warped reality. These boys deserve a lot of empathy.”

The killings were said to be retaliation for years and years of abuse. Actress Edie Falco, who plays defense attorney Leslie Abramson, also has some sympathy for the Menendez brothers.

“We know who did this, but it does matter knowing the details behind this. To know exactly what happened to them 18 years previous to this murder, it matters - and it is stuff people should know,” she said.

She would add that their story checks out on the abuse, as it has been corroborated by multiple sources. Miles Gaston Villanueva plays Lyle Menendez in the show, and he sees things in a similar fashion.

“Does the punishment fit the crime? The answer is no and the reason is because of all the abuse that led up to it,” he said. “I don't think it was right (they committed murders) and I think they would be the first to admit it was wrong. They made a huge mistake.”

Gus Halper, who plays Erik Menendez, concurs as well.

“We want people to care about them. Hopefully, people will come away with a better sense of what actually happened and the truth behind it,” he said. “There is nothing in it that is untrue.”

The brothers are said to still be close in spite of the fact that they are serving time in separate prisons. The first trial would end with a pair of deadlocked jury, but a retrial would lead to them being convicted of murder. It sounds like a fascinating show that may help to clear up the details of the case for the public. Whether that results in additional understanding for the brothers' actions is unclear, but it should spark a discussion in any event.

Source: Daily Mail
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