Citizen’s arrest of Gary Pettway one-year anniversary
Friday, 1 April 2011
Grand Jury Man is a Robert Hefner illustration
The emboldened bullet points represent hotlinks to companion video clips.
All times are local (EDT).
From the audio (not attached yet) the following approximate times are established: 0947 hours: Arrive at the Courthouse. 0951 hours: Presentation of documents to Court Clerk Rene Ezell. 0954 hours: Clerk Darleen Moser instructs us to “have a seat in the hall until we figure out…and we’ll help you with it”. 0955 hours: The Citizen’s arrest of Gary Pettway. 0956 to 0957 hours: Darron Bivens and Bill Illingworth with a platoon of other law enforcement officers push me back out into the hallway. 0958 hours: Sweetwater Police Detective Sergeant Bill Illingworth moves the group to the mid-level landing. 1000 hours: Deputy Sheriff Bennie Byrum arrives in civilian clothes (Green Mountain Dew tee-shirt). Then the Citizen’s arrest of Deputy Sheriff Bennie Byrum. 1007 hours: Deputy Sheriff Byrum delivers Judge Carroll Ross’ order to the Monroe County Grand Jury. Byrum then forces the group out of the Courthouse onto the front Courthouse portico. 1018-1020 hours: We reenter the building looking for a Madisonville police officer. Deputy Sheriff Byrum intercepts us, admits to his communication with Judge Ross. Forces us back outside to the Courthouse Portico.
From the not yet attached audio file: At approximately 1017 hours we’re told in a call to 911 dispatch that a Madisonville Police Officer is waiting for us inside the Courthouse. We go back in to find the officer. Bennie Byrum intercepts us immediately upon our return into the building. At about 1018 hours Byrum pushes us back out a second time. By this time a group of law enforcement officers has gathered on the portico. One of those in assembly is Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens.