Not so. The "preponderance of evidence" has now become "guilt beyond reasonable doubt". Late on May 7th, 2012, KSAZ Channel 10 has published the tapes of the 911 calls which show unmistakeably that J.T. Ready was the perpetrator -- and the ONLY perpetrator -- of the Gilbert Massacre which claimed five lives, including his own:
The most important part of the tape:
Lisa: “I need a police officer to come to 530 W Tumbleweed Road.”
911: “What do you need assistance with ma’am?”
Lisa: “Domestic violence, he's going a blitz in the house and ruined the [expletive] garage door and -" 911: “Who is he, your husband? Are you speaking about your husband ma’am?”
Lisa: “My boyfriend.”
Moments later, there are gunshots and screaming. The call goes dead.
Brittany Mederos, Lisa's daughter, survived the shooting by hiding in a back bedroom, and in her own 911 call, identified Ready as the shooter, stating that he and Lisa were screaming and fighting. A neighbor also called 911 and reported that he had heard six shots. When officers arrived, they found Lisa Mederos, her daughter and granddaughter, the daughter's boyfriend, and Ready all dead. Police still believe Ready shot himself after shooting the others.
Unfortunately, the triggering mechanism for the massacre has been taken to the grave with the victims. It is known that J.T. Ready lost his job at Auto Zone and subsequently moved in with Lisa Mederos and her family; they soon began squabbling. Perhaps Lisa got tired of carrying Ready on her back financially and ordered him out of the house; this could have set him off. It has also been asked how J.T. Ready, with no visible means of support, could have afforded all this military equipment used by the U.S. Border Guard.
But this does not invalidate what Harry Hughes and Chris Drake have said regarding J.T. Ready. Neither one absolutely ruled out the possibility that Ready was the shooter; they merely opined that it seemed improbable. The record clearly shows that J.T. Ready would give a comrade the shirt off his back if necessary to perpetrate the Cause, and that he would stop to aid a motorist in distress. And to dismiss J.T. Ready as nothing more than a "vainglorious attention whore" would not only be disrespectful of his activism, but inaccurate; "attention whores" do not suit up in full combat gear and go patrolling in the desert in 100F degree heat. J.T. Ready was clearly a patriot -- albeit a flawed patriot.
The flaw was not that J.T. Ready carried the seeds of murder within him, because we all do. But the majority of us will exercise the power of life and death only in self-defense or at the behest of lawfully-constituted authority. J.T. Ready's flaw is that, for whatever reason, he broke those customary restraints and became an executioner solely upon his own personal authority. One of the hallmarks of an organized civil society is that we do not allow or sanction the practice of blowing people away simply because they piss us off.
We also should not write off Harry Hughes and Chris Drake as "dupes". It is human nature to first go into denial when one learns of a close friend or relative committing such an act. Hughes and Drake knew and worked with Ready, and this was a side he never displayed to them. They need sufficient time to digest and process the information before they can come to terms with it emotionally. Harry Hughes and Chris Drake should still be considered solid comrades unless or until they prove otherwise.
One other outcome of this tragedy is that we can now permanently disqualify Veterans Today as a reliable source of information. Veterans Today is nothing more than a conspiracy website; even Alex Linder admits this. We can also credit John Taylor Bowles and DSCI Pastor Martin Lindstedt with being right on this case from the beginning, even if it was driven somewhat by personal animus.