The fact that both of the families are being dragged through this again is sad, but I suppose if I felt that a relative of mine was being unjustly portrayed as a murderer who then committed suicide, the emotional toll would be worth enduring again...
Some of the alleged errors in the investigation:
Crime scene photos show Baskey holding the gun?
And *Mark Gilliam (the 'coon hunting' fan) is heard discussing the gun placement...for what? The photo? Not enough info to go on - but any time I see his name and there's some kind of race issues involved, I cringe.
The official story is that Barnett (a black man) murdered his white girlfriend and then committed suicide. The situation is ripe for face-saving manipulation.
Not that anyone in the area would harbor any suspicion when it comes to the SPD's investigative techniques, (*The Costante incident) but this is why the SPD has to get in front of PR issues as soon as possible. Take the high road so that people aren't wondering if there's any truth to the NAACP's claims.
Sounds like a great issue for a Friday afternoon talk show at 3:00 pm.
[*I'm required by the easily offended to state that anyone mentioned by name in these blog posts is a really good neighbor and would give you the shirt off his back.]