Mother Continues to Seek Justice for Slain Daughter – WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO
HERNANDO – While most families are making plans to spend time with loved ones this Holiday season, a Hudson family will be holding back the tears for a 7-year-old boy who lost his mother and unborn brother to an accidental shooting last year.
On July 26th 2014 Katherine Hoover and her husband Carson Hoover planned to visit William DeHayes and his wife Christina Erickson at their Brooksville home. Soon after their arrival, Katherine who was 5-months pregnant at the time, lay dying on the kitchen floor as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. Despite efforts to save Katherine and her unborn son, Rehlin, both died less than 24 hours after the shooting.
Kathrine’s Mother and Father, Donna and Gary Bryan do the best that they can to care for her son, Nicholas Peck, while they try to cope with the untimely death of their daughter.
RNRF acquired the 911 audio and interrogation video of the shooter, William DeHayes, which reveals details that Donna says should have led to an indictment against DeHayes. But to her dismay, last December Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino announced that “Based on the facts… I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to charge DeHayes with a crime.”
In the video DeHayes admits to ingesting a cocktail of strong narcotics just minutes before the fatal shooting. That cocktail included Methadone, Lortab, and Soma, all of which can effect judgement and motor skills. Click the following Youtube link for actual 911 audio and video of DeHayes’ interrogation. WARNING THE VIDEO CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGES, DISTURBING AUDIO, AND FOUL LANGUAGE.
Earlier this year, Donna contacted the office of State Attorney Brad King and asked that he reconsider the decision and charge Mr. Dehayes, based on the use of narcotics. King responded “If Mr. DeHayes was impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol – that would be a factor that would be considered.” But King says Dehayes did not appear to be impaired, according to law enforcement officers who interacted with him; subsequently, King declined to reopen the case.
Since receiving the heartbreaking news that Dehayes would go unpunished for her daughter’s death, Donna reached out to Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and started a petition to raise awareness of her daughter’s case.
On September 15th, Donna sent a letter to Brad King, once again pleading that justice be served in her daughter’s case. Donna cited several Florida Statutes that she says should have been considered during the investigation. But the most important question that Donna posed to Mr. King was why investigators didn’t order a blood draw of from Mr. Dehayes to rule out any unknown contributing factors or excessive intoxicant levels.
According to Florida Statute 790.151 – Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances… commits a misdemeanor of the second degree… CLICK HERE FOR FULL STATUTE
Mr. King responded by stating “I gave you the courtesy of nearly an hour of personal time in which we talked about each of these matters. I did that to give you some sense of closure in that I had considered each of the items that you raised and responded to them. The final take away from our meeting was that there would be no criminal charges and that you were going to work to try to change the law. I do not intend to keep reiterating in different forms what I have previously told you.”
Dehayes could not be reached for comment but during a recent exclusive interview with Brandy Zadrozny of the Daily Beast, Dehayes said “I’d want revenge, too, but they are going about it all wrong. Everybody is,” DeHayes said. “I have not been the same since. I stick to my room. I don’t look at the kitchen. I don’t go into the kitchen. I go out the back door instead of the front because the front is where they came in. And we’re going to be moving soon.”
“I’d give my life to take it back,” he said.
Donna vows to continue fighting for justice in the name of her slain daughter and unborn grandson, and has provided the following link to a Change.org Petition
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