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GOOD NEWS: Hate Crime Twisted as "Vigilante Justice"

6:54 pm - 10/05/2009
Original posts: original  , first updatesecond update , (final) 

Attorney Roger Kraft, DJ Bell and Attorney Susanne Gustin

David James Bell and his attorneys held a press conference today to finally give DJ the chance to tell HIS side of the story.

So far the story that has been in the media (and the courtroom) is this:

- DJ took two children from the next door neighbors house during a 4th of July party
- he had them in his bedroom
- the mother came over, found the children and panicked
- the adults from next door came to DJ's house and beat him and his partner (they later denied this)

DJ's side of the story (which he finally got to tell today):

- He went next door during their party because he was looking for his lost cat, spoke with neighbors and had a drink
- He saw the children in the yard
- The children wandered over to his house and asked for juice
- Their mother came over and found them in his doorway, she attacked him and left
- The adults from next door came to DJ's house and beat him and his partner nearly to death

DJ showing some of his scars from the attack (with his attorneys)

Additional facts:

- the South Salt Lake police department conducted a "shoddy" and "unacceptable" investigation:
          -- 4 eyewitnesses were not interviewed
          -- the crime scene was never sealed off
          -- minimal photographic and material evidence collected

- Police were originally called to the scene to investigate assault-- not kidnapping!
           -- police had one of the adults who beat DJ in handcuffs and ready to be charged-- as soon as the children and alleged kidnapping was mentioned the officer released the assailant and arrested DJ
          -- The original 911 call was another neighbor reporting a dead body on the street because the beating DJ received was so severe he was unconscious in front of the house

The good news:

DJ, Dan and their attorneys announced today that civil charges will be filed against their assailants and possibly the South Salt Lake police department. 

I will keep you updated as these new cases develop...

new links:

Salt Lake City Weekly
KSL channel 5 news
DJ and Dan's website
Deseret News

thedorkygirl 6th-Oct-2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update!
jaeoji 6th-Oct-2009 02:06 am (UTC)
omg hearing his side makes it so so so much worse that he had to go through with those bullshit charges.... I mean, like the cops? I hope there are consequences there.
wiser_9 6th-Oct-2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Good for them.
birdscollide 6th-Oct-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
nazonatte69 RedHead <36th-Oct-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
DJ is cute.
noir_aya 6th-Oct-2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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Good for them. I hope that their efforts to hold those responsible accountable for their actions succeeds.
epicet 6th-Oct-2009 02:52 am (UTC)
What is he saying?

Man, I have such a ridic crush on him.
noir_aya 6th-Oct-2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Idk what he's saying, I just focus on his "WHOHOO" reaction 9_9

I love him in Criminal Minds sfm.
keeni84 6th-Oct-2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Who is he?
flowerings 6th-Oct-2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Matthew Gray Gubler aka Dr Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds.
iolarah 6th-Oct-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Most delicious dork ever.
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epicet 7th-Oct-2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Man, check out his webpage. He's apparently super crazy but also super talented. It made me like him approximately 88% more.
ahkna 6th-Oct-2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I hope they get a shitload of money from the civil suit.
caterfree10 6th-Oct-2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Awesome! Let's hope they win this! :D

Still, I do have a nearly undeniable urge to beat someone/something senseless after reading those new facts. >_>
showercapfrog 6th-Oct-2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad this worked out okay for them. Hopefully they'll get something done about the assault charges too!
jwaneeta 6th-Oct-2009 03:02 am (UTC)
And good love to the jury, who cut this shit short like rational beings.

Edited at 2009-10-06 03:03 am (UTC)
saigonostalker 6th-Oct-2009 03:49 am (UTC)
This is all almost enough to make one want to have some faith in the criminal justice system. <3
jesidres 6th-Oct-2009 05:18 am (UTC)
I really, really want the book thrown at the police and assailants through this.

Even if there's an accusation of kidnapping, you do not let someone go who just nearly beat a man to death. It's horrific.
the_gabih 6th-Oct-2009 09:54 am (UTC)
Finally, some good news! I am so happy I honestly cannot tell you- thanks ever so much for the update!
snapesgirl34 6th-Oct-2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D

ladypeyton 6th-Oct-2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for keeping us updated with this.
iolarah 6th-Oct-2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear that it turned out this way. And it's great to hear that Dan and DJ have been able to keep their relationship together through such an incredible strain. This post has totally brightened my day.

Edited at 2009-10-06 03:56 pm (UTC)
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