Although I should not be surprised, I am amazed by the number of falsehoods that have been promulgated regarding the events that occurred that led to my husband’s arrest.
I have made a decision not to read any of the articles so that my understanding of the truth would not be stained with the conjectures and projections of others. Friends have telephoned and visited telling me what has been printed and is being represented as truth.
Here is what I do know. No one living next door could have possibly seen what occurred between my husband and his aggressor unless they possessed X-ray vision that could pierce through my big van.
My husband’s assailant came up to the rear of the van, and then around it toward where he saw my husband standing near our side door.
He approached my husband in a menacing fashion with fists raised, making it clear he intended bodily harm.
My husband is 72 years old and 5’6” tall. His assailant was in his early 50s and very large and tall. My husband’s attacker made it clear he intended to seriously hurt him. In such an uneven match, the only equalizer my husband had was his gun. He would not be able to survive a beating at the hands of this huge man. Not possible. He was too frail. If he had not shot this aggressor, then he would be dead. No doubt about it.
I want to publicly thank the many individuals who have pledged to help in some way. I am deeply moved by their courage and offers of financial and physical support. They represent the heart of Payson. Some have directly benefited from my husband’s generosity and help. Others know me and want to offer support during these critical times. Both of us appreciate the love and support we are receiving.
Patricia A. Rollins