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Published: Monday, Feb. 27 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

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Maricopa, AZ

The end result was clearly devastating, but I'd really like to hear Matthew's version of what happened that night.
The kid must have some amazing skills to do what he did.
Unfortunately he used those skills on the good guys.
Lots of regrets and a lot of unanswered questions.

Salt Lake City, UT

More Tim Dechristopher-like funding comes to Utah!

Bountiful, UT

As it stands now I am not likely do donate, why? Because I think he is most likely guilty.

What can the family do to change this? For example.

If they said, he was sitting peacefully at home, cleaning his gun, and the police broke down his door without announcing themselves, he thought they were a gang trying to kill him, so he shot at them.

If the police got the wrong address and broke down the wrong door, that would also help.

If he took a lie detector and released the results to the public that he was telling the truth, that would also help.

But as it stands now, I think he is most likely guilty. Any money that I might donate to him, I would withhold and donate to the dead police officers family instead.

The family needs to do more if they expect donations for him.

Salt Lake City, UT

I would gladly donate. This man deserves a fair trial and the government must be forced to meet the required burden of proof rather than simply let the media do it for them.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Observenator 8:43 a.m. Feb. 28, 2012
"This man deserves a fair trial"

This accused killer will get a fair trial and a fair appeal after he is convicted. The evidence of his crime is buried in the cematary.

Williams, AZ

I don't believe in what the family is doing trying to have people donate money to the denfense of their son. They need to sell their home and borrow the money through a bank to pay for their son denfense. Anyone that murders and injurys police officer in the line of duty needs to pay the price for their actions. I would rater donate money to the fallen officer family and to the officers that were injured to help pay their bills. I hope that the state keeps a close eye on the money raised and how it's spent.

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