Justice for Henry Granju
  • Petitioned Jimmy "JJ" Jones

This petition was delivered to:

Sheriff - Knox County, TN
Jimmy "JJ" Jones
District Attorney - Knox County, TN
Randy Nichols

Justice for Henry Granju

    1. Friends and Family of Henry Granju
    2. Petition by

      Friends and Family of Henry Granju

      Knoxville, TN

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.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Media release from the family of Henry Granju

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      OFFICIAL STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA FROM CHRIS AND KATIE GRANJU – APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST

    2. Knox DA's Office: Prosecution in teen overdose death not possible

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      14 months after the death of Henry Granju, an 18-year-old who died of a drug overdose, Knox County officials said, despite ongoing pressure from his family, prosecution in his case is not possible at this time, and the "investigation is inactive."

    3. Henry Granju file released by Knox County Sheriff's Office

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The Knox County Sheriff's Office on Thursday released its entire investigative file on the May 2010 death of Henry Granju, the 18-year-old son of blogger Katie Granju and Knox County official Chris Granju.

    4. Case closed on Henry Granju, Sheriff releasing case file to media

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The tragic case of young Henry Granju's untimely death has taken another sad turn as D.A. Randy Nichols advised Henry's parents earlier this week that his office will not be pursuing a prosecution. Here's the letter.

    5. Tell us what you think: questions that need asking

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Now that Knox County DA Randy Nichols and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “JJ” Jones have officially closed my son’s case with no arrests having been made of anyone, it’s time for local media and local citizens to start asking some real questions.

    6. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      VIDEO: this was Henry Granju

    7. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Lawsuit filed in Henry Granju's death

    8. Reached 5 signatures
    9. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      How the nightmare of losing a child can be made even worse

    10. Reached 4 signatures
    11. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      How Knox County Citizens Were Wronged One Year Ago Today

    12. Reached 3 signatures
    13. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Mom and blogger Katie Allison Granju has been chronicling her grief after her son Henry's death, and leading this campaign

    14. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nikki Bradley POWELL, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      So sorry for your loss! As a citizen of Knox County, I am mortified by this disgraceful excuse for an "investigation" by KCSO. I have had an "incident" myself with them last October and was also treated extremely unfairly. However, it does not compare to this situation.

      So sorry! Justice for Henry!

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    • Janine Flood OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I hope Sheriff Jones and Knox County DA Randy Nichols choose, of their own accord, to open themselves to properly investigating this case. If they do not, my second wish is that they be hoisted on their own petard by the national media, be fired, and have all the cases they've failed to bring charges on be reopened. Good luck boys.

      My condolences to the family, and best wishes to Henry's mother Katie Granju who continues to be a strong, reasonable, intelligent and vocal advocate for victim's rights, in particular her son and her whole family.

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    • frances janca LUMBERTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      the truth is like the sun...u can shut it out for awhile, but its not going away....

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    • Barbara Thornton SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • over 2 years ago

      Henry's tragic death should not be ignored. The adults who caused his death deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law.

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    • Jennifer Breaux JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      There is honor in admitting personal and institutionalized failure. The Knox County Sherriff's Office had a civic duty to investigate the beating of Henry Granju. It is not too late. Do something to fix this now! Justice for Henry.

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