Saturday, April 28, 2007
Hall's Alleged Killer Is Deputy Coroner's Son
There's yet another strange twist in the brutal hate crime killing of Aaron Hall, a thirty-five-year old Crothersville man who his attackers believed was gay according to police. One of the men charged with killing Hall, Garret Gray, is the son of Jackson County Deputy Coroner Terry Gray according to the Crothersville Times. Gray's home is where the brutal beating took place, and it's also where police recovered Hall's body in a garage wrapped in a tarp. Police found the body last Sunday, or nearly 10 days from the time Hall's body was first dumped in a ditch by Hall's attackers. The body was reportedly recovered by Garrett Gray and Coleman King two days later and hidden in Gray's garage.
John Hodge, a friend to whom Gray text-messaged a digital image of himself holding a badly beaten Hall like a game trophy, reported seeing blood in Gray's home and in his pickup truck after he visited the home the day following the attack according to a report in the Seymour Tribune. An anonymous commenter who first pointed out to this blog that Garrett Gray's father is a deputy coroner observed, "After death, a body starts to putrefy within three days." "Hall's body (dead 10 DAYS) was found in Gray's very own garage," the anonymous commenter adds.
The Crothersville Times notes that Terry Gray acted as a spokesperson for the family of 10-year-old Katie Collman of Crothersville, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2005. "In January 2005, 10-year-old Katie Collman was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered near her home . . . Ironically, it was Terry Gray, Garrett Gray's father, who served as the Collman family spokesman during the investigation and court proceedings," the paper writes.
News reports indicate that Hall's body was sent to Louisville to be examined. Clearly there is a potential conflict of interest in the Jackson County coroner's office in the handling of a case so close to one of its own staff.