To the Editor:
Never let it be said that justice goes unhindered in Lewis County. For instance, everything that can be done to prevent a murder investigation and conviction in the Ronda Reynolds case has been done, including dragging one’s feet forever and defying court orders. One must wonder why.
Now we have another prime example in the Ronald Brady Onalaska shooting. In concert with the sheriff’s department, the Chronicle has filled us up with misinformation to paint the accused as a victim. The Chronicle states that Brady caught the McKenzie’s attempting to break into his house, when in fact Mr. Brady had stated to the police that they had only knocked on his door.
Mr. Brady’s vague report earlier in the day about a broken window, a door ajar and some things moved about is now interpreted by the Chronicle as “forced entry and burglary. In fact, Mr. Brady did not report anything being stolen that day. But he did state he was going to take steps to prevent that from happening. And apparently he thought the best way to “protect his property” was to lie in wait in a dark and silent house and shoot anyone who came near.
Mr. Brady made no attempt to protect his property in the normal “common sense” way. In fact, it appears he did everything he could to make his site more attractive… No lights, no dogs, no sounds, no signs or gates. In fact he did everything he could to make it appear it was a wide open target while he silently sat inside with his firearms waiting for some action. Even though he was loaded for bear, he did not answer the door, attempt to chase them away or make his presence known in any way. In fact Mr. Brady made a special note to the police that after they had knocked on his door, he tried to make a silent move in the house, but accidentally dumped something over and “alerted” the people outside.
Mr. Brady, when you are armed and attempting to protect your property by any means possible, I would think the first thing you would want to do is to alert probable intruders.
Common sense should have told you to at least make your presence known. A simple “Go away!” was all that was required.
As far as anyone knows, including Mr. Brady, nothing was stolen that day, yet a death sentence was carried out because, as our Sheriff puts it, Mr. Brady is old, scared and isolated.
To put the icing on the cake (commenting on Mrs. McKenzie being shot at while running away from Mr. Brady) a local attorney subbing on “Let’s Talk About It,” stated that a person is justified in shooting someone who is running away from them because one doesn’t know where they are running to. Yes, that’s right: she may be running to get a weapon to protect herself, she may be running to get out of your line of fire or she may be running to call the police to report a murder. Guess which one it was.
With so thin a defense it looks like it is necessary to put Mr. Brady on trial after all. Painting one side as a solid upstanding citizen “who has not had so much as a speeding ticket” and the other side as denizens of the deep does not change a single word of the law or the facts of the case, but it sure would help to sway a jury and public opinion wouldn’t it? And after all isn’t that all we are concerned with?
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