Gabbiee Swainson still hasn't been found, but there's some good news in this case at least. A Richland County judge refused to gag Richland Sheriff Leon Lott -- who called the suspect in this case a 'monster' to the media. Freddie Grant's lawyer wanted the gag order pressed upon the sheriff because he feels that comments like the ones he's made will influence public opinion of the guy. Well, to be honest, what kind of opinion does the public have of the guy already? It's already common knowledge that he had access to the home, and the missing girl's blood and other DNA evidence was in his home. Duh, right?
Gabbiee Swanson could be anywhere, but it's most likely that she's dead. Her blood was found in her bed and on duct tape, along with her hair, in the home inhabited by Freddie Grant. Where did he put her? At least the judge saw the importance in spreading awareness about this missing girl's case. Her retort against putting a gag on the sheriff goes as follow:
"The degree of community interest and concern in this matter helps to further show that the issue of investigating and finding a missing fifteen year- old girl (sic) is a 'matter of public importance.'"
Good for the judge and good for the sheriff for telling it like it is. And here's to hoping Gabrielle Swainson is found soon.
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