And Eugene Crum's autopsy report proves he was not a drug addict, according to Julie Hall. She is the daughter of Rosie and Eugene Crum, and lives in Indiana.
"We can't release that, because it's evidence for trial. That's the first thing I wanted to do," Hall, 37, told the Gazette. "It didn't show any type of illegal drugs nor any type of narcotic pain medications."
Hall said she wished she was with her mother Thursday. Neither could believe the allegations, and both believe Thornsbury and others are trying to deflect guilt from themselves onto a dead man who can't speak for himself.
"It almost hurts as bad as the murder itself," Hall said. "It's absolutely heartbreaking."
"At first we didn't want to make a statement. Our biggest thing is jeopardizing dad's trial and that's what we worry about, but it's to the point where we have to say something to defend him.
"If it was one of us, my dad would be ..." Hall started, then paused and laughed slightly. "He would be screaming it from the rooftops for us."
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