Not Forgetting Joshua Embry

October 12, 2009

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This is one small example of how American justice works.

Last November 15th, a 26-year-old member of the McLean County Chapter of the American Outlaws Association was stabbed in the heart outside a country music bar called the Six Strings Club in Bloomington, Illinois.

The victim (pictured above) was named Joshua C. “Chewy” Embry. He was 5’10” tall. He weighed 300 pounds. He had long hair and a rough beard. In a crowd of 30 people he would not be the most obvious victim for someone to attack. But it was Saturday night in a college town. The Six Strings Club was “Ass Kickin’ Country.”

And an unruly mob on the sidewalk outside the bar became a melee. Police found Embry bleeding in the street about 11:35 pm. He was pronounced dead fifty minutes later. The whole thing was caught on at least two, and possibly more, video cameras.

The Arrest

Five days later, United States Marshalls arrested a 22-year-old local man named Joshua Anderson McGuire. McGuire made it easy. He was out on bond after being shot in the leg during a residential burglary. Local police said then that McGuire was the only suspect in the case. Police also volunteered that this lone suspect had been picked up by Federal Marshalls because “that’s among the things they do.” Bail was set at $1 million and McGuire has been in the McLean County Jail ever since.

In February, Joshua Embry’s father, Robert L. “Scrappy” Embry complained that local authorities refused to answer his questions about the case. “Nobody is telling us anything. I’m tired and I’m upset. They need to contact us like they said they would,” he complained to the Bloomington Pantograph.

That same week, McGuire’s defense attorney, Public Defender Amy Davis, demanded that prosecutors turn videos of the fatal fight over to her. A month later she complained that the videos would not play on county-owed computers in her office or on her home computer. Prosecutors replied that there had been a “computer virus” problem.

The Long Legal Dance

Last August, McGuire was attacked and severely beaten in jail and his attorney alleged that he had been attacked not because he had murdered an Outlaw, but because someone was trying to shut him up. “My client was obviously attacked and severely injured,” Amy Davis said. “If someone was trying to keep him from talking or testifying, it certainly would be related.”

At the end of September, Scrappy Embry filed lawsuits totaling $50,000 against two of the bars that had served his son’s accused killer and five other unnamed men alcohol the night Joshua Embry died.

And, about a week after that McGuire’s Public Defender complained that an independent lab conducting DNA tests still had not completed its work so her client’s trial might have to be delayed.

Looking For The Truth

Then a few days ago, Scrappy Embry publically complained again about the way his son’s homicide investigation and prosecution has been handled. Trying to understand why he had to bury his son, the elder Embry complained to the Pantograph, has consumed him for the last eleven months.

Robert Embry is convinced that McGuire did not act alone and that someone else is about to get away with murder. “I want the guy that put the knife in his heart,” Scrappy Embry said. “I would hate to see him be the only one to go down for this.”

Joshua Anderson McGuire’s murder trial is scheduled to begin October 26th.

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4 Responses to “Not Forgetting Joshua Embry”

  1. troyez Says:

    While I didn’t know Chewy, I know a couple of his local brothers, and from what I’ve gleaned he was a good guy and loved by all who knew him. Even a year after this tragedy, emotions are still raw and I want to express sympathy and respect to the family and friends of Chewy.

    I live about 35 miles north of Bloomington, IL and I can say that the city has changed much in the last 20+ years, and not for the better. 20 years ago you could walk anywhere in the town, at any time of day/night, and have no problems. Now there are gangs from Chicago, and everything that goes with them: crack dealers, hookers, beatings, and murder. While the murderer in this case is likely not a gang-banger from Chicago, he is a symptom of a larger problem. Chicago’s crime/corruption problem has moved down-state and has infected the larger cities most markedly.
    When big city crime moves into a small city, the fixtures that control that crime are mostly ill-prepared to deal with the problem. Are the Bloomington city police able to deal with gang crime like that seen in South Chicago? Were the bouncers in the bar where Chewy was killed prepared to deal with a mob-type brawl? Probably not, in both cases.
    My point is that when a more lawless, violent culture presses upon a city, the normal citizens are forced to either adapt or move away; and the police are more a reactionary “deterrent” to crime. That’s oversimplifying the issue on my part, but it’s just my opinion.

    I sincerely hope Scrappy and his family will see justice served soon. The sad thing is that it will be a cold comfort when it comes, and long delayed at that.

  2. BIG Says:

    Its obvious from what I read the local PD is covering up for someone with some influence in this town. Maybe a local politician or or someone high up in the police depatment. Wink,wink, hint hint. Dont you get it,a college town? Outside the bar became a melee. It was someones rebelious son that is mixed up with the wrong crowd and now he has to cover up poor little Johnnys bad choices in life. Why do you think Mr. McGuire trip and fell in his cell. This is typical of samll town cover ups. Damn, just like the movies. Im sure if they could they would’ve blamed it on another motorcycle club. Hey, someone call Otto (Kurt Sutter)this could be a good story line for the next season of Sons of Anarchy.

  3. troyez Says:

    More news in this case:
    The main suspect is released after nearly a year in jail.

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