Editor's note: This is a letter from Russell Greathouse, the father of slain Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox and Ryan Greathouse, who is also deceased:
As if the news our family received the morning of January 5th, 2010 wasn’t painful enough Judge Eyre just keeps adding to it. For those of you that may or may not have heard or been following the death of my daughter, Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox, let me give you some of the details so you will know why I am so upset.
Josie was gunned down and murdered by Roberto Roman, while on duty at 1 A.M. on January 5th, 2010. Roman, an illegal alien from Mexico, previously convicted of crimes in Judge Eyre’s own court including deportation, eventually returned to Millard County only to execute my daughter. He fled the scene and was caught the following day in Beaver County where he then ADMITTED to shooting my Josie and ADMITTED to knowing she was an on duty police officer. On August 17th of this year a jury of 8 found this murderer not guilty. This is simply a matter of the jury having made the wrong decision. Even with Judge Eyre’s pro-defense decisions and evidence suppression throughout the proceedings there was more than enough evidence for the jury to convict. The story that this murderer came up with over the last two and a half years was utterly ridiculous. It was beyond ridiculous! It was among the most sinister lies ever told. Rob Roman set a new standard for cruelty and depravity, which for some reason was good enough for this judge and jury. From what I have heard and read this was a matter of two jurors seizing their moment and doing something big. These jurors were inspired by Hollywood, not the truth. They traded their oath and the instructions they were given for a chance to star in a court room drama. They thought they were Hollywood heroes, when in fact they were really cowards. One of the jurors, a know-it-all law STUDENT who convinced the other jurors he knew more about bullet trajectories than the state medical examiner and was able to convince the other jurors that the medical examiner’s testimony was wrong. All it would have taken was for one juror with a little courage, to prevent this monumental injustice. The judge and jury killed Josie again with their decisions while outrageously believing a murdering drug dealing illegal alien who condemned my son, Ryan of her murder.
The one decision that had the biggest impact on the trial was the exclusion of all of Ryan’s sworn written statements except those parts that benefitted the real murderer. Judge Eyre was wrong in every sense and shouldn’t have suppressed it when there was no legal justification for that decision. The defendant himself introduced his version of Ryan’s statement at the trial. By doing so he waived his confrontation rights and opened the door for Ryan’s entire statement to come in, but Judge Eyre ridiculously rejected Ryan’s actual statement without justification and once again propped up the defense and left the state without recourse.
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