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October 16, 2008

And Justice For All?

Wednesday evening James Woods, the prosecutor in the state of Tennessee's case
against Cody Matthew Headrick who was charged in the death of our daughter, Hadrienne, called us in order to deliver news about this case that has left our family grief stricken once again. Judge Rebecca Stern, the presiding judge in this case, reversed her 2 time decision to deny pre-trial diversion to the defendant. In the state of Tennessee a defendant is allowed to apply for pre-trial diversion if the crime they have committed is their first offense. If they are granted diversion, and their record remains clean for a period of time afterwards, then all of the charges he was facing will be expunged from his record. In-other-words, it will be as if what he did never happened.

I believe the Prosecutor has the right to appeal the Judges decision, but even if the appeal is successful it will not undo the devastation that Gloria, Asher and I are presently feeling the full weight of.

I have included links to a local online news source with more details as well as a link to a number of letters that have been written by individuals who have expressed their outrage.

www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_137146.asp">
www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_137166.asp">

A Father and Mother Too Sad For Words,
andy and gloria mendonsa

| By XZILEEEEE | 11:21 AM

Comments

hello mendonsa family its been a long time since ive seen you all. im living in missouri now which is much different but ill get along with it. just wanted to check up on everybody and hope you are all doing well. i miss going skating with asher and going over to your awesome house - it was so much fun. im thinking about starting to skate again but it wont be the same. take care and god bless

Posted by: marty at November 13, 2008 6:16 PM

Hi guys,

This is Mikaela Larson. I just wanted to tell you that I'm thinking about you and praying for you. How are you doing these days? I'm moving back to chattanooga in january, and its crazy how much life has passed since I've lived there. If I can do anything at all for you, please let me know.
Love
Mikaela

Posted by: Mikaela at November 17, 2008 7:29 PM

Dear Mendosa family,

I posted a comment to this site over four years ago. Since then my life has changed as I know yours has too. People say time has a way of healing. But, I wonder if those people have truly experienced what it means to loose something they love to their very core. As a Christian I have come to understand, even more deeply, that all our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God. I would believe (I had a spinal cord injury child) that our faith waved, but came back even stronger because of our adversity. I have not faced the press of the loss of a child, but I stand that it is an injustice that this young man's record will be wiped clean without any note of the sorrow you have experienced. I am sorry. I am sorry that you daily wake up, and nightly go to sleep with the memories holding you. I pray for you that the Lord will come and bring you peace, give you comfort, and open your life to be a living testimony of strength within your days. May you have a daily annointing to face the responsibilities you face--at home, at work, and within your personal lives one to the other. May God bless you so that you know His hand is still at work especially when darkness seeks to come upon you. J.

Posted by: Janis at August 12, 2009 3:02 PM

the past few days have been truly hard for me. random. not really sure why. i want to talk to her. i'm sitting in the back of my CSAS chemistry class. my students are watching a video and i dearly hope that they don't notice me in the back corner trying to fight back my tears. the gapping whole she left is so apparent. maybe it's like an old wound never healed, acting up with the change in weather. ugh. get out of school by 4. work at 5:45. making arrangements in between. its a must.

Posted by: skyewebb at October 2, 2009 1:20 PM

the past few days have been truly hard for me. random. not really sure why. i want to talk to her. i'm sitting in the back of my CSAS chemistry class. my students are watching a video and i dearly hope that they don't notice me in the back corner trying to fight back my tears. the gapping whole she left is so apparent. maybe it's like an old wound never healed, acting up with the change in weather. ugh. get out of school by 4. work at 5:45. making arrangements in between. its a must.

Posted by: SkyeWebb at October 2, 2009 1:22 PM

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