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Family Not Impressed with Guatemala Police Investigation

Family Not Impressed with Guatemala Police Investigation

Posted - Jan. 13, 2004 at 7:13 a.m.



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(KSL News/AP) -- Family members of the Ogden man killed in Guatemala say they're not too impressed with the Guatemalan police investigation.

Witnesses say Brett Richards was trying to assist the Guatemala tour bus driver, who was wrestling with three bandits, when he was shot to death by another robber standing less than three feet away.

Family members told KSL Newsradio that immediately after the attack, Guatemalan police gathered little forensic evidence. Authorities have, however, promised justice in the case. The family is glad that an FBI team is helping in the investigation.

Richards' father, brother and sister-in-law were all on the bus with him. In an interview yesterday, they confirmed the account of how Richards was shot, settling disparities in reports of the slaying last Wednesday. Some accounts suggested Brett Richards had been going to the aid of the tour director.

Maurice Richards, Brett's father, said his son got out of his seat and took two or three steps and tried to pull one of the robbers off the driver.

He said that as soon as he touched him, he was shot.

The shooter was standing outside the bus but close enough for the point-blank range shot through a broken window. The Ogden architect was hit in the chest and died en route to a hospital.

The shooter then walked 20 feet away from the bus and threw up.

( The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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