Thursday, November 12, 2015

Justice For Hailey Part Two

SPECIAL REPORT: Justice for Hailey: A Father Speaks Out, Part II By Victor Lopez, NewsWest 9 Anchor

We're almost at the five year anniversary, and the investigation continues in the case of Colorado City teen, Hailey Dunn.  An investigation, some say, has produced more questions than answers.
"Our words reveal who we are.  They were revealing themselves, as we all do, in the words they choose."
From the early stages of the investigation into Hailey Dunn's disappearance, investigators announced they had a person of interest; Billie Dunn's, then boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. a person, not unknown to Hailey's father, Clint.

"We were content, with each other.  I mean, we didn't speak a lot.  We didn't hang out," Clint said.

Investigators say it was Adkins' conflicting statements that put the spotlight on him. To say the least, Clint was none too pleased, when he found out.

"I wanted to go over there and wring his neck and see if it was him. That's the first thing I wanted to do," he explained.

But, it was apparent from the beginning, if he was going down, Shawn had no intention of going down alone.

During an initial, voluntary, interview, investigators asked him who was responsible and who did they need to look at.  
Shawn simply said, "both of us," referring to himself and Billie. When they asked to check his cell phone, to see his call and text history, investigators found 3 calls to someone named Billie. A bit later in the interview, when asked to see the phone again, investigators say Adkins deleted something.  
When they got the phone, the information they had just seen, was gone. When asked what happened to it, Adkins couldn't give them an answer. Keep in mind, Shawn Adkins is, and has been, the only, named, person of interest in this case. But, this won't be the last time we hear mention of Billie Dunn.

The investigation into Hailey Dunn's disappearance made national headlines. It even caught the attention of Nancy Grace. It was an interview with Hailey's mom, Billie, that caught the attention of Peter Hyatt.

According to Peter, "While I was watching it and listening to the mother of a missing 13 year old girl speak, the first words, from the missing 13-year old's mother, told me two very important things about the case.  From there, I wrote a couple of articles about the case, then went on to contact local law enforcement just to give them that information."

Peter's experience in statement analysis is extensive. He has consulted on hundreds of cold cases and investigations, across the country.

With regard to the Hailey Dunn investigation, Hyatt says, many of the answers investigators are searching for, can be found in statements that have already been made.

"The mother came on and says, "my daughter was gone to a sleepover and she never showed up at her friend's house." Nancy Grace asked a question, "How far did she have to go?"  The mother said, "3 or 4 blocks."   But, the mother did not stop speaking at that point. She continued and she said "she wasn't allowed to just go out, after dark. I would not allow that." That told me, this mother, is needing to project herself as a good mother.  So, something is wrong."

A search of the Dunn house found some interesting things; copies and copies of articles, printed from various websites, depicting things like mass murders, serial killers, murders of family members and the like.  Well over 200 pages that Billie admitted she printed for herself and Shawn to read.  She said it was a hobby they shared.

Investigators say, Shawn had described Hailey as a good girl in the early stages of the investigation. But, as time went on, his opinion seemed to change. He, later, described her as promiscuous, sexually active, even a drug user. Anyone who knew Hailey knew that wasn't  her.

"I seen he had a spotlight on him. I was looking everywhere else, to make sure nothing slips out, nobody sneaks past. I wanted everybody to be checked," Adkins said during the investigation.
More on Shawn's behavior and conflicting statements; Hailey was reported missing Monday, December 27.  Shawn said he went to work that morning and was fired after an altercation with a supervisor and went straight to his mother's house in Big Spring. His employer said there was no confrontation. In fact, Shawn was seen, walking into the break room, buying a Dr. Pepper, then taking off around 6:10 that morning.  
Billie left for work, in Snyder, around 6:20 a.m.  Cell phone records show Adkins was making phone calls from the house in Colorado City, from about 6:35 a.m. until almost 7 a.m.  Investigators determined, Hailey, would have been alone, at house, at that time.

Hailey's brother, David, told investigators he got home around 4 p.m. that afternoon and pounded on the door for about 5 minutes.  But no one would let him in.  He finally got in, he said, through a window. Billie confirmed David's claim and added when David did get inside, he saw Shawn, in the hallway, with a deer in headlights look on his face.

Adkins took 3 separate lie detector tests. During the third, he was asked if he knew of Hailey's whereabouts and failed. Then, he was asked where Hailey could be found.  His answer was In Scurry County. When investigators tried to zero in on a specific location in Scurry County, Shawn walked out of the interview.

Billie also volunteered twice to take a lie detector test. The first didn't happen because she was under the influence of narcotics. But, during the second, she was asked if she had anything to do with Hailey's disappearance. The test showed deception. When asked to explain why she failed, Billie couldn't and, like Shawn, walked out of the interview.

Things aren't looking too good for Shawn Adkins.  But, still, neither he, nor anyone else, for that matter, has been arrested.  Clint recalls a very candid conversation with the lead investigator in 2011.

He said, "It was when we were still searching for Hailey. We were at the Civic Center in Colorado City. Patrick Tombs and Billy Sides, called me outside, to talk to me. They told me, in front of the Civic Center, Shawn Adkins killed my daughter. They didn't say it was off the record or not to say anything to anybody. They just told me, flat out."
Hailey was found, in Scurry County, where Shawn Adkins said she would be.
Almost 5 years later, still, no arrests. It makes you wonder if there are more pieces to this puzzle that just don't fit yet?  Is there more to the story? Is someone lying to protect someone else?  If so, who and why?

Peter Hyatt says, "They need to link together all the circumstantial evidence, including the cell phone tracings, including using the interviews. When enough of those factors come together, circumstantial evidence can convict someone, rightfully. Given the passage of time, I think most people are reasonably sure, most people being the investigators, what caused Hailey's death. It's a matter of proving it."

The investigation into Hailey's death and disappearance has changed hands several times. Each new team starts from the beginning but neither has been able to come up with anything new. Clint has some choice words for those investigators.

"I want justice for my daughter. That's their job! I don't know if I can look at them and tell them to get off their ass and do something," he exclaimed.   
We also asked him what he would say to Hailey, if he could?  His response?

"I would just look at her, in her eyes and give her the biggest hug in the world. I wouldn't need to say anything. I miss her," Clint said sobbingly.
The multi-agency investigation is ongoing. It is being headed up by Lead Investigator John McDaniel with the Scurry County District Attorney"s office. We have been unable to reach him for comment. 


The Sheep said...

Excellent article. I pray they take your advice.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

If anyone has an statements from the pastor who came home from the gym to find 28 year old wife shot dead, please let men know. I like to hear some natural anger initially...

Anonymous said...

It's what Clint says in his interview that was disturbing: At least I know she isn't in a cage being tortured....(after body found).

Very disturbing. Also telling of the secondary investigators agendas.

Texas has their own THIS and THAT teams. They may take Peter's advice, but not for long.

Anonymous said...

OT: Casey Anthony

1crosbycat said...

Link to written statement (sorry, cant do more than link w my phone)

1crosbycat said...

This story has more details. The husband released the statement mourning wife's death before she was taken off the ventilator. And it is unclear why cops came to the house at all to find her shot. Says there were breakins nearby and one the same morning.

1crosbycat said...

No anger in statement at all, no mention of justice or finding the killer, but maybe staff wrote or helped write statement.

Anonymous said...

They harvested her organs. She was gone as far as he was concerned.
HE"S NOT A SUSPECT (before the bizarre tirades begin)

Anonymous said...

Here's the pastor's statement. He's not released any other statements so far. Please note that Amanda Blackburn was brain-dead at the time but had not been taken off the ventilator yet.

From Davey Blackburn:

"It’s impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. My wife was such a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God. I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend. There is no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these. As deeply as I am hurting I am hopeful and confident that good things will come of this. I rest in the truth of Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose."
"Thank you for understanding my desire to take these next few days to continue to grieve for Amanda Grace. My focus right now is to let The Lord minister to my heart as I continue to shepherd little Weston’s. I’ll be taking this time to focus on being a great follower of Jesus, dad, family member, and pastor to our growing church."
"Amanda made it her life’s calling to love and serve everyone she knew. Even more, she has made it her life’s mission to see as many people as possible come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. I know that in her death and legacy even more people will come to a saving faith in Christ. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt her desire for me would be to continue what we’ve started here in Indy. I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that He takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come."

from Nov 11,

According to the news LE has "cleared him 100%" as a suspect but it seems to be because they viewed CCTV video showing him at the gym during the time Amanda was shot. It seems awfully quick to state he's not a suspect since this could have been a murder for hire.

Anonymous said...

Pastor Davey Blackburn and Amanda, his wife in media cast - discussing difficult relationship questions October 2015 .

Anonymous said...

"I am hopeful and confident that good things will come of this. .......the best truly is yet to come"

Yep. Your trial, conviction, and incarceration for life.

Lemon said...

Regarding the pastor's (Davey Blackburn) statement I noticed an incomplete social introduction. A sentence that I thought unexpected was:
"There is no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these."

An interesting sentence from his statement:
"I know beyond a shadow of a doubt her desire for me would be to continue what we’ve started here in Indy." It is his first use of the word "we", and is in the second to last sentence of his statement.

It is interesting what he says and does not say about his relationship with his wife.

Lemon said...

"Thursday afternoon, police said Davey Blackburn has been "100% cleared" in the investigation."

Sus said...

I mentioned in the other post, but will here also. It is a glaring omission that the pastor does not mention his wife as a mother to his son and that she was pregnant.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lemon, I said something about the "no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these" palaver on the thread below at exactly the same time you posted here. @1.21am. I agree. It is unexpected. Very.

I also note that the pastor uses the word "desire" TWICE in his statement.

Who (really) is the "we" that "started (something) here in Indy"?

Anonymous said...

Their video is interesting, linked above 12.07.

John Mc Gowan said...

OT Updates:

Pathologist says he is privy to 'privileged information' in Brendan Creato case

Dr. Pete Speth, a controversial ex-medical examiner, penned a curious letter to the editor about case

Ayla Reynolds’ father charged with OUI
Waterville resident Justin DiPietro was charged last Friday with operating under the influence on U.S. Route 1 in Newcastle.

Apple said...

"The best is yet to come."
How strange especially so early on.

Anonymous said...

John, I read the ex-medical examiners comments. It is odd he would make public his knee jerk criticism of the current medical examiner and also announce his "consultant" practice all in one breath concerning a deceased child. Dead child profiteering has no b oundaries.

The toddlers father's lawyer finds it odd, too.

Perhaps a new trend. The Illinois cop that reportedly chased after three men then shot him self twice (once missing and only hitting his vest with the impact of being struck by a sledge hammer only managing to fire off one more and fling his weapon away from his dying body, spread more than three different DNA profiles and stage the scene)piqued the curiosity of a medical examiner who went public prior to a police investigation.

They must realize they have more clout than the prosecutor and lead detectives and cease the moment when possible. Not only effective, but also efficient. Close a case in under an hour just like on TV.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think the the phrase "her desire for me" is weird? What sounds more natural is, "she would want me to keep going on with my life," which think a lot of people say about their deceased loved ones. But "her desire for me" just doesn't sit right to me. If fact, he uses the phrase "my desire" in his statement as well. That's an interesting contrast. "My desire" and "her desire".

Peter, in the following phrase, is there really an implied "but" in there? "As deeply as I am hurting I am hopeful and confident that good things will come of this."
That sounds like, "I am hurting, BUT I am hopeful and confident....."

Tania Cadogan said...

Why her desire for me and not the more expected and commonly used love for me

Desire speaks of sex, lust, physical love,distance whereas love speaks of emotional love, closeness, everything including physical love.
Love speaks of closeness, sharing, unity, something ongoing and intimate.

Was he not in love with her, rather in lust with her and now after one child and one on the way even that had gone.
It meant more responsibility, more demands on his time and money.
Pastors must have a wife to impress their congregation, to lead by example, to enable perhaps more income from various groups they may lead (donations accepted) some for men and some for omen in regard to their roles in life as a husband/wife.

Did she resent the time he was spending with his flock?
Did she want him to spend more time with his child and soon to be children?

As a pastor he leads by example, he takes responsibility for his flock during service and their religious well being whilst still being able to drop said responsibulty at the end of service or meeting.
As a father he couldn't do that, it would be 18 years plus of 24/7 responsibility and expense.

It is interesting to note LE say he is "100%" not involved.
The addition of the percentage is a qualifier weakening the statement.
A stronger sentence would be "he is not involved"
Is this them saying he is not physically involved as in he didn't shoot her, but he could be involved in another way, hiring her killer perhaps?

Right now i would be looking at infidelityperhaps with a member of his congregation.
Is there anyone he seems particularly close to?

My World said...

Hi Peter,
Type in Perry Noble false teacher and you'll get a wealth if information. I am a a Christian but I can discern false from true teachers of the faith. This guy is really bad news. Interestingly, I looked up Davey's brother on Twitter. His name is Jono. He seems to be the complete opposite if Davey. He quotes scripture and old school theologians who were great men if faith. It's such a stark contrast to Davey. It's amazing that Davey came from what appears to be a solid Christian family, but wound up going to a church like Perry Noble's.

Nic said...

About Hailey Dunn.

One thing that always struck me, and it was mentioned by a poster at the time (Lemon?), BJD was being interviewed live about Hailey's disappearance, and during the interview a cell phone went off. One would expect her to bound to a ringing phone with the hopes the person on the other end would be Hailey or someone who knew where she was. Instead, BJD looked reproachfully at whomever for allowing a phone to interrupt her "live performance".

It's shocking how much time has elapsed in this case. Especially since Hailey's remains where recovered.