I have followed the trial of Roy Haught over the past few months and am deeply saddened by the lack of compassion in the statements directed at Mr. Haught.
I am a Christian businessman here in Payson and a resident of Star Valley. I have known Roy Haught and his family for many years and have found him to be all that proponents claim he is. What happened that night was a horrible mistake for both men.
Our heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, provided instruction to his people to cover this kind of situation where a death occurs. You can read it in the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 4; verses 41-43. Their cities were set aside where anyone who had killed someone unintentionally could find refuge as long as it was without malice aforethought.
This case was an accident, there was no malice aforethought or it was not planned.
As Christians we are also instructed that love and forgiveness are mandatory and if we expect God to forgive us we must be willing to forgive others.
Resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness must not be allowed to consume our lives or we as a people and a nation will surely perish.
Roy will have to live the rest of his life knowing what he has done. I am sure that if both men could have the opportunity, they would have done something different.
I understand that Mr. Haught turned to Our Lord and Savior in this time of grief and asked Jesus into his life. If this is true, he has been forgiven by God, just as any of us would be. So if this is the case, then we as Christians must forgive also.
To Mrs. Cooper and family, I would say that the same Jesus Christ who has forgiven Mr. Haught can also comfort and ease your pain and suffering if only you will ask Him to do so. If Mr. Cooper knew the Lord then he is in a far better place than we are.
My family's prayers and love go out to you, the Coopers, and to the Haughts. May you all find peace and love through Our Lord Jesus.
To the critics, God's word says what degree of judgment you give out you shall also receive.
David A. Waterman