Last night I received a call from Peter Corbett of The Arizona Republic, informing me that Judge Mark Moran reversed the grand jury's decision in the Grant Kuenzli murder, and has ordered the matter be heard again by a new grand jury.
I was in total shock and unable to comment to the reporter. Today I have recovered my senses and wish the people to listen to my version of what happened on that fateful day in the forest.
First of all the judge and the grand jury must visit the scene of the murder. It is very steep and narrow down hill terrain, imbedded with rocks ranging from 3 to 5 inches in size, making it impossible to jog (as the district attorney states) or to run at full speed as the defense alleges.
It is my opinion and those who have visited the Pine Trail that it is difficult to walk on the terrain, let alone run on it.
Clearly, Grant was running at full speed to keep the dogs from harassing the shooter and after two or three steps lost all control, waving his arms frantically trying to regain his balance.
Fish then took careful aim as he had done so many times on the target range and squeezed the trigger three times, striking Grant in the chest in a close cluster.
I am of the opinion that Mr. Fish visited the target range many, many times over the years.
His target was the silhouette of a man and not the beer bottle that so many enthusiasts use for target practice in the forest (Grant spent a good part of his time in the forest raking up that same glass that is used for target practice).
Fish's attorney would have you believe that Grant was a raving lunatic, and in some ways I might agree.
Grant was an unemployed "Hot Shot" firefighter -- the ones who bail out of a perfectly good airplane into a raging forest fire.
Yes, I believe a person so inclined is a little bit crazy, I also think police officers and firefighters all must be a little bit crazy and I thank God they are.
I want all those people that knew Grant to come to his defense; otherwise, he will have died in vain.
John J. McCauley, Payson