For those who steadfastly maintain that Harold Fish's life could not have been in any danger from an unarmed Grant Kuenzli, I wish to cite two very recent news items.
The first was in the Sept. 11 edition of The Arizona Republic, and it reported that a fight between two men at a service station on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation ended with one man being beaten to death by the other.
The second item in the Republic's Sept. 14 edition reported that an inmate at the Arizona State Prison Complex Eyman ended up dead following his fight with another inmate.
I am dumfounded by the blood lust for vengeance exhibited in the following statement by Dave Engleman: "Harold Fish must be tried and found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Grant Kuenzli."
Don't you have even the slightest scintilla of doubt, compassion or mercy, Dave? Assuming that you are a Christian, Dave, I hope that you aren't judged that harshly when you stand before your Maker on judgment day.
Dave's assertion that "...there is a third, yet unnamed party to this killing." is quite intriguing. I assume that "party to" in that instance means a witness to, or observer of, what happened, and I further assume that party was a friend, or at least an acquaintance, of Fish. If so, it is very fishy (no pun intended) that he or she has not come forward.
One explanation might be that he or she neither wants to testify against Fish nor to commit perjury by testifying to save him.
Wow. That would blow my defense of Fish to smithereens. Nevertheless, I would not regret my current stance, as it is based on what has been reported up until this time.
Additionally, everything the Fish haters have offered thus far is based wholly upon their assumption that Kuenzli was a latter-day Saint Francis of Assisi, who was gentle, loved animals and "would not hurt a flea," as the expression goes. That may or may not be true.
Incidentally, Fish maintains that Kuenzli cursed him and threatened to kill him. If Fish is telling the truth, that indicates to me that Kuenzli thought that Fish's first shot, which actually went into the ground, had killed one of the three dogs Kuenzli had with him.
Otis M. Trimble, Payson