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to the Editor
Family member responds to Letter on Hilliard conviction
posted February 23, 2010
I would like to comment on the letter to
the editor written by Jerry Allen. To correct his first sentence,
Trey and Thomas were not friends and never had been friends. They
may have been acquaintances but nothing more which maybe you should
look up the meaning in the dictionary. Your next sentence,
evidently you did not go to the trial and you do not know any of the
facts. Thanks to the jurors they did use their common sense.
Going on to your 2nd paragraph, I will correct you again, they were not
friends. They didn't fight every time they got together because
they weren't together much and they didn't get" liquored" up
together. Maybe a lot of people think the sentence was too much,
but they weren't at the trial for 3 days either.
As for your next paragraph, you are in the dark. I will correct you
again, they were not friends. This jury listened to all the
evidence and they made their decision. They heard about 2 of his
previous convictions and there are more than than just the 2 they heard
about. So if their decision really bothers you check out all his
As for your 4th paragraph, the judge did have compassion because he
could have given him up to 30 years. Again I will correct you,
they were not friends. His lawyer had a year to prepare his
case. One of his few witness's, his former room mate,
changed his whole story he told the police from the night this
happened, is in jail and was in jail at the time of his testimony,
which of course the jurors did not know. He is in jail and charged with
assault and battery with intent to kill.
As for your next statement, we Trey's family never asked for Thomas's
"head", we just wanted some kind of justice. Thomas has never
showed any remorse for what happened. I can tell you about a
fight he tried to get in at the pool room about 2 months ago.
Which he was suppose to be under a night time curfew, which he never
followed. He tried to start a fight with a guy and he told him
"come on I've already killed somebody this year." Does that show
any remorse or that he hated that Trey died? Do you have any idea how
we felt after we found out about this? Trey never touched Thomas,
Thomas knew Trey was too drunk to fight and he took advantage of
him. Trey wasn't perfect but none of us are.
Trey lost his dad in a vehicle accident when he was 9 months old and
never got to know him, now Trey's son will never get to know his
The only thing I think was wrong with the trial is that they would not
let the solicitor show the jury a picture of Trey. Trey was not
shown as a person.
I just hope that people will learn from this and think about Trey and
Thomas before they get into a fight.
Jo Ann Bedenbaugh
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