Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2009

Grand jury petitioners praise supporters


Thanks to the Devinneys, David and Susan, and the Turners, Joe and Donna, for the gracious sharing of their respective insight. May your combined effort bring justice in the months to come on questions unanswered.

Deep thanks go to Pastors Dr. Bruce McCray of the Elmore City First Baptist Church and Wayne Wall of the Wynnewood First Baptist Church and their congregations for their compassion and concern. Thanks also to members of the Liberty Baptist Church and the First United Methodist Church as well as all those parishioners of all faiths who kept us in their hearts.

Thanks to those members of the media including Shelley Ridenour, Barry Porterfield, Larry Russell, Jeff Schulz, Shelby Levins, Nick Winkler, Gan Mathews, Ron Jackson and Robert Medley for their professional, unbiased and forthright reporting of the event. Your journalistic integrity helped maintain legitimacy for a good cause and it is much appreciated.

Special thanks to Gayla Dean for her hard work at the election board in the thankless position of counting our petition signatures with a smile and without ever batting an eye. Thanks to those staff members of the district attorney’s office who were polite and considerate and to the grand jurors themselves who undertook their civic duty and sacrificed time away from loved ones and home.

And thanks, most of all, to those 2,736 hard-working, law-abiding citizens from Garvin County, Oklahoma, who stood up to give us a chance to be heard. Your assistance will not be forgotten.


Pat Horton

Matt Horton

Raymond Bazor

Karen Bazor

Shannon Kile

Tom Horton family and friends

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