Letters From Readers
To t h e Editor: A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to serve as a juror on a case in the local Circuit Court. This experience left me most impressed with the judiciary system, the local law enforcement agencies, the state medical examiner, and the state crime lab.
The judge ran an extremely good court, very little if any time was wasted, the judge’s rulings and instructions were clear and concise, and the case was given to the jury just as predicated at the start of the trial. Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney were well prepared and presented their sides of the case in a very organized and timely manner. We heard a recording of the 911 call and the 911 operator was able to calm and comfort an eleven year old girl (who had every reason to be hysterical) while still getting the information she needed. She continued to comfort the girl until the El Dorado police arrived. The responding police and EMTs arrived in a very timely fashion considering the time (approximately 2 a.m.). The EMTs quickly found that they were not needed. The responding officers took care of the two young girls who were present, secured the crime scene until the detectives arrived, and took some good photographs.
The detectives arrived promptly and did an outstanding job in processing the crime scene. Evidence was located, tagged, photographed, and very detailed sketch was prepared of the crime scene.
The 911 operator received another call giving the location of the suspect. The location was in the county so the sheriff’s department was requested to take the suspect into custody. This was done very quickly and the suspect was brought to the El Dorado Police Department for questioning. The sheriff’s deputies also recovered valuable evidence including the gun which was used and thrown out on the highway. The suspect was questioned and within less than six hours of the commission of the crime the case was complete except for processing the evidence. All of the law enforcement officers (both El Dorado Police Department and Sheriff’s Department) who testified gave excellent and clear testimony.
The state Medical Examiner (who was obviously well qualified) testified and gave a very detailed and clear report of his findings. Several technicians (again well qualified) from the state crime lab testified giving good reports which matched all the facts of the case.
Bottom line: if anyone is planning to commit a crime, I would recommend finding another location other than El Dorado or Union County. Austin Bollen El Dorado