To Otis Trimble's letter of July 15, I, John McCauley, have acted as an individual in my efforts to defend Grant Kuenzli's character, reputation and his right to life. If there are supporters of this position, they act on their own. I can only assume they subscribe to the same beliefs as I.
Those beliefs are the Ten Commandments of God and the U.S. Constitution. More specifically, "Thou shalt not kill," and the First Amendment granting freedom of speech.
You sir, have used that same freedom of speech to attack slander and condemn me in your letter of July 15. I caution you to tread lightly in that regard.
Often times, good people do stupid things. Mr. Fish will be the first one to agree with that statement. In a recent interview he stated, "My life is in the toilet."
Unlike you, Mr. Trimble, Mr. Fish regrets his actions, although not enough to apologize to Grant's family. His regrets are for the financial losses he has endured and perhaps the shame he has brought upon his family.
I have attended all but one of his hearings. I doubt that you have been to any.
I have witnessed the grief on the face of his wife, the anguish his relatives suffer. I have spoken to his family and I feel for their torment. I do not know, and therefore have never met his children, but I have been told they have been ridiculed by their classmates.
On the other side, I have sat and cried with Linda, Grant's sister, and on those long rides to Flagstaff, Linda spoke of her childhood days with Grant. He will be sorely missed.
If I can accomplish one thing as a result of this unfortunate experience, that would be to reach out to those who choose to exercise the right to carry and/or use a weapon. Along with that right comes accountability, responsibility and last, but not least, the effect your actions have on those who love you.
As for Mr. Fish, I hold no animosity. I leave him in the hands of a jury of his peers, and, Mr. Trimble, all he needs is one person on that jury that is of the same mind set as you and he will go free. I can live with that. The question is, can he?
John J. McCauley, Payson