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Edgefield resident disputes quote by Augusta Chronicle report on murder - suicide

web posted November 5, 2007
Dear Editor,
After reading your latest article on the tragic murders/ suicide, I must respond. I never said "911 asked me to go into the home". What the dispatch said, as I recall, and a friend confirmed after watching the news cast again on Comcast, could I go back and confirm there was three people in the house, and call her back. Dispatch never said for me to enter the house.

I went over to the house and after asking the woman, the grandmother that found the bodies, to please sit on the steps because she was so distraught, I asked her if she saw three people in the house, and then called 911 again as asked. That is the only way I would have tried to confirm the number of victims.

In my own defense, let me say that at the time of the incident, I had just returned home after having worked two jobs and had not slept in over 24 hrs. I could have made a mistake, but would never intentionally make "false" statements to the press or anyone else.

I saw the wonderful job our law enfocement did and appreciate, and respect them greatly. It was a trying situation for all involved, but I really only wanted to help the grandmother. She had experienced seeing loved ones in a way nobody should. My heart goes out to all the members of the family.
James D. Wise

Editor's note: The quote in question appeared in the Augusta Chroncile's coverage, not that of EdgefieldDaily.com. Mr. Wise is the person that made the 911 call reporting the murders.

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