Grieving father lashes out at judge, jury, man acquitted of killing deputy
The father said he was particularly upset with Eyre's decision not to allow Ryan Greathouse's written police statement to be admitted as evidence in the trial for jurors to see. Roman's defense objected, calling it hearsay. Because Greathouse was dead, he couldn't be cross-examined. The judge ruled that only parts of the statement, including the information about drug use, could be included.
"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 benefited 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," Russell Greathouse said. "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."
In addition, Greathouse strongly criticized the judge for a determination he made before the trial that Roman was "mentally retarded" and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.
He accused Eyre of being "spellbound" to defense attorneys.
"Roman made an idiot out of Judge Eyre and played him for a fool," Greathouse wrote. "Roman's acquittal makes us wonder if being deemed mentally retarded (is) a trait to aspire to."
The father also had strong words against some jurors, particularly a law student who told a reporter he didn't believe the trajectory of the bullets matched the prosecution's story.
"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," Russell Greathouse said.
"My family and I, most importantly Josie, did not receive the justice that she deserved. Ryan was accused of something he was not capable of, and simply did not do."
While Roman was acquitted of aggravated murder in Fox's death, he was convicted of two third-degree felonies: tampering with evidence and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. He will be sentenced Oct. 10 and faces of maximum of 10 years in prison.
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