We, the undersigned respectfully ask that Knox County (TN) Sheriff Jimmy "JJ" Jones and Knox County District Attorney Randy Nichols recognize the May 31, 2010 death of Knoxville teenager Henry Granju as the drug-induced criminal homicide that Tennessee's existing Second Degree Murder Statute clearly deems it to be.
Furthermore, recognizing that the problematic criminal investigation into Henry's case thus far has in no way reflected the truly excellent work of which both of these Knox County agencies are capable, we request that Sheriff Jones and Attorney General Nichols immediately redirect their resources to ensure a comprehensive, focused, unbiased and highly skilled criminal investigation into Henry's murder. This investigation should utilize recognized professional best practices for investigating drug overdose deaths, and it should have a clear goal of identifying and arresting the person or persons responsible for this unsolved Knox County homicide.
As long as the drug dealers who killed Henry Granju continue to walk free, other young people are at risk of becoming their next victims. An arrest or arrests for criminal homicide in this case would put drug dealers on alert that if they provide drugs that kill, they will be held accountable under the law.
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