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.
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.