February 22nd is the next trial date for Carrie Daugherty’s murder. The man that murdered her has been awaiting a trial for nearly two years. Her loved ones have been awaiting justice for as long. His trial was last delayed in June of last year. And already, people have gone back to their normal lives and forgotten all about this brutal, violent crime. I know that people go back to their normal lives, they have to, but I am curious about when and why media latches onto a case and won’t let go or in this case why do they seemingly let go before it is finished.
I have a personal connection, Carrie was a friend. We didn’t know each other very well, but, still, we were friends. And I’m close with many of her best friends that she left behind. And we’re all wondering where is the public outcry? Where is the outcry for SWIFT justice? Where is the media coverage? Will Jamie Satterfield be tweeting updates from the courthouse to let us know what’s going on minute-by-minute?
I’m afraid she won’t; I wonder if it’s not sensational enough for her to get assigned it (Jamie, if you’re reading this, I really, really wish you would cover this). And for all the media outlets*, I wonder if it’s just not enough of a “ratings grabber” when it doesn’t involve race, drugs, or political scandal. It’s just a tragic story of a young women with an amazing future ahead of her and how a violent, brutal attack robbed the world of her. Those who were touched by her, will always be so, and those who were touched by the crime, have forgotten. They sleep well at night assuming that justice has been served and we’re all safe from the Micah Johnson’s of the world.
Little do they know how far that is from the truth.
*For disclosure purposes, I work in the advertising department of one of the most respected and important media outlets in East Tennessee.