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Letter to the Editor

Family member responds to Letter on Hilliard conviction


web posted February 23, 2010
Dear Editor,
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 records. 

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 dad. 

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
Johnston





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