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Case should have gone to trial
To the editor;
I am responding to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's reduction of the first-degree murder case against Greg McNeely. I don't agree with his view, but justice in this case was to have a prosecutor prosecute this man for the cold-blooded killing of my nephew, Terry Lynn II.
A trial would have brought forth all the witnesses to this senseless crime. A trial would have proved that the killer went to the site, left to retrieve the gun, returned with his friends and murdered someone. That sounds like weak premeditation, doesn't it?
The fact that both men were on drugs or there was another person's gun close by is irrelevant. The only thing that is weak in this murder case is the prosecutor.
When this cold-blooded killer gets out of jail, and it will be in Swingle's lifetime, I hope it isn't Swingle's daughter who happens to be in that dreaded place where the killer is high on drugs and decides to kill but then doesn't remember it.