I would like to extend my thanks to Jesse McLain and the staff
at your newsroom. In the time since the unfortunate incident in
Ault where a friend of mine shot and killed his neighbor, I have
read many stories from mainstream media about the incident. Your
story is the first to contact the suspect’s friends and present the
other side of the story.
Although your article failed to mention that Mr. Hammock
confronted Eric Griffin with a club-like weapon, you did however
interview Eric’s business partner David Emslie (Not Enslie, by the
way). I have known both Eric and David for a few years now and I am
actually living with Mr. Emslie. I have a hard time imagining Eric
shooting someone unless he felt seriously threatened. I also cannot
imagine him committing an act cruel to animals.
With your article you returned objectivity and ethics to this
story. I was afraid that this issue was going to become a one-sided
“trial by the media” that is a bit too common these days. No one,
except Mr. Griffin, knows exactly what happened at the scene. What
Eric’s friends and relatives say, as well as Mr. Hammock, is only
speculation. They were not present at the exact time of the
shooting and their opinions as well as ours are based on the media
and police reports. Thank you again for giving Eric a due voice
through those close to him.