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Posted: 12/17/2005 7:50:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/17/2005 7:50:58 AM EDT by Hellhound]
Ran across this story from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, you have to register to read....

www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cherokee/1205/17metinman.html

Father's mission to avenge son's death pays off

Billy Inman's 5-year search helps police nab suspect

By ANN DICKERSON
For the Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/17/05

Billy and Kathy Inman have found some hard-won peace this holiday season, after more than five years of searching for the man who allegedly killed their only child in a North Georgia car wreck.

A suspect, who slipped away from authorities after the Father's Day weekend crash in 2000, is sitting in a Birmingham jail.

Kathy and Billy Inman hold a portrait of their son Dustin, 16, who was killed in the June 2000 car crash that left Kathy disabled.

The Inmans, who live in Woodstock, were hospitalized for weeks after the crash in Ellijay and missed 16-year-old Dustin's funeral. Kathy Inman suffered spinal injuries and probably will never walk again.

Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, 37, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested in November and is charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving. He's being held in the Jefferson County Jail and is expected to be extradited to Ellijay, in Gilmer County, next month.

Billy Inman, 42, still angry that the suspect escaped after the wreck, believes police had the man in September, but a judge in Birmingham ruled it was a case of mistaken identity and released him. Inman was still not convinced.

For five frustrating years he has badgered police and the FBI, set up a Web site, and pasted a "wanted" poster on his faded blue van with an explanation of what happened to Dustin.

He put up posters of Harrell-Gonzalez and Dustin's story in Huddle Houses and convenience stores in small towns from Georgia to North Carolina, hoping someone would recognize the suspect.

Kathy Inman said her husband kept the case alive. "He stays up late on the computer night after night," she said. "I fussed at him, but now I'm glad he didn't listen to me. I knew Billy would get it done eventually. When he gets determined about something, he's not going to let it go."

Lt. Mike Gobble of the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office, who has worked the case for three years with the Inmans, delivered the good news with a phone call early this month: "Billy. Merry Christmas. We got him."

The twists and turns that have frustrated the Inmans began right after the crash. In June 2000, a driver plowed into the back of the Inmans' Grand Am while the family was stopped at a traffic light in Ellijay, en route to a Father's Day cookout. Dustin, who had just completed his freshman year at Etowah High School, died at the scene.

Harrell-Gonzalez, the alleged driver of the car that struck the Inmans, was taken to North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay, then transferred to Hamilton Hospital in Dalton, where he escaped.

He was not accompanied by a police officer.

Greg Arp, who has been Ellijay's chief of police for about two years, said he's not sure why an officer didn't stay with the driver.

"I don't know what happened on that case, but I do know we're a small department with limited resources," Arp said. "In some cases, there's only one officer on duty. He's got to work the wreck, then go to the hospital."

Billy Inman, a quiet, reflective man who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, began his own search.

"It just kept eating at me that my son's life is over and this guy is still out there living his life," Inman said. "Nothing I can do will bring him back, but I'd like to see him get justice."

Much of Inman's anger was focused on the suspect being an illegal immigrant, and he used the Internet to ask for assistance in his search.

D.A. King of Marietta recently founded the "Dustin Inman Society," which is "dedicated to educating the public and our elected officials on the consequences of illegal immigration," according to the group's Web site. Billy and Kathy Inman serve on the board of advisers.

After years of dead ends, Inman was searching the Internet in September and discovered that Harrell-Gonzalez's father lived in Birmingham. He asked local authorities to pay him a visit — and police picked up a man they thought was the suspect.

But a magistrate judge ruled that the arrested man was Harrell-Gonzalez's brother, and he was released. Billy Inman remains convinced that the man they had in custody was the man who allegedly killed his son. He kept pestering the police.

Then, about six weeks ago police arrested Harrell-Gonzalez and charged him with being a fugitive from justice. In Ellijay, Gobble began working to obtain facial X-rays of the suspect taken after the wreck. But as the days ticked by without any resolution, Inman fretted. Would he go free again?

Harrell-Gonzalez had been in jail for a month when Gobble delivered the good news to Inman.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic lab in Atlanta had matched dental and facial X-rays taken while Harrell-Gonzalez was in the Birmingham jail with those taken at the North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay, where Harrell-Gonzalez was taken after the wreck.

"I hope we can finally turn the page and get on with our lives," said Billy Inman, a salesman-driver for Tip Top Foods. "But we'll just see how it goes from here. I keep trying to get him caught, but it just seems like it's a lot of hurry up and wait."

In the Gilmer County Sheriff's office, Gobble is relieved that Inman's tenacity has paid off.

"Billy's been on a mission and I don't blame him," Gobble said. "He calls me nearly every day and I don't mind a bit. He's one of the nicest guys I know. I'm glad to see this closed for him.

"He's an amazing guy," Gobble said, "and he couldn't ask for a better Christmas present."

ETA: Too bad that the father did not get 2 minutes along with this POS.....

Link Posted: 12/17/2005 7:58:19 AM EDT
One thing that sometimes pisses me off about people, is they never admit to anything, everything is someone elses fault. A LEO did not go witht he guy to a hospital. Instead of saying "ya we fucked up" its "well we are a small department with limited resources."
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:02:18 AM EDT
fry his ass!
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:03:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tttony:
fry his ass!

righton
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:09:56 AM EDT
It's like the movie Punisher, only true. Go Billy Inman!
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:17:17 AM EDT
The wheels of justice!!!

Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:22:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tttony:
fry his ass!



Unfortunately, this guy will spend a few years in jail with a roof over his head, getting 3 squares on our taxpayer $$$... while his son is eternally gone... Nothing short of him "Riding the Lightning" would be suitable for me if I were the dad.

Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:27:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By steve-oh:
It's like the movie Punisher, only true. Go Billy Inman!



Unfortunatly Mr. Inman didn't get the opportunity to deal out punishment
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:30:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/17/2005 8:32:02 AM EDT by sniper1az]
Hey, I'll pay my own way and bring my own knife to the public skinning of the perp!

Illegal alieans should have NO HUMAN RIGHTS WHATSOEVER in this country.

GET THE FUCK OUT!!
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 8:32:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tttony:
fry his ass!



Why? He was just here doing a job that white and black Americans won't do.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 9:00:25 AM EDT
I invite all who read this to forward a copy to Jorge at:

president@whitehouse.gov

Have 3 friends do the same. Have them have 3 of their [/] friends do the same. You get the picture. Maybe when they install the third or fourth Cray to handle to influx they'll get the idea.

Too bad they don't keep a tally of people killed by illegal invaders. Wanna bet there have been more than died at the WTC? At the count increases.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 9:03:53 AM EDT
Sad that you have to do all of that to get anything done
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 9:12:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By steve-oh:
It's like the movie Punisher, only true. Go Billy Inman!



Vengeance and revenge are a lazy form of grief.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 9:20:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By callgood:
I invite all who read this to forward a copy to Jorge at:

president@whitehouse.gov

Have 3 friends do the same. Have them have 3 of their [/] friends do the same. You get the picture. Maybe when they install the third or fourth Cray to handle to influx they'll get the idea.

Too bad they don't keep a tally of people killed by illegal invaders. Wanna bet there have been more than died at the WTC? At the count increases.



+1

Sad that our .gov has a huge hard on and appetite for illegals and constantly and consistently turns a blind eye to the problem and f's us to bend over backward to help them out.

Any minute now, someone will come along and call us racists and how they are all just trying to get jobs to be good god fearing family people who go to church every sunday, go to work every day, and pays their taxes like good undocumented citizens.
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