Police react to jury verdict in Granich case

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict today in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.

“I’d like to express my condolences and apology to the family of Thomas Granich, which had to relive the anguish of the details of his death four years ago all over again in court. The stoicism and perseverance of this long-time Los Alamos family is admirable.” Briggle said Tuesday afternoon. “I would like to thank Assistant Attorneys General Carlos Gutierrez, Mary Helen Baber, and Jody Curran and their assistant Elora Martinez, all of whom expended many long hours in preparation of the case, especially Mr. Gutierrez.”

Briggle described Tuesday’s decision in Santa Fe as, “nothing less than overwhelmingly disappointing.”

Read the full story including LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy's comments in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.