Justice for Carrie

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.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Casey says:

    Cat, thanks for writing this. I feel like I want to shout from the rooftops sometimes “hello? justice? are you there?”. I know that trial or not, there will never be a sense of true justice, but the anticipation of the trial and the continue postponements do not allow for acceptance or closure. I would hope that someone would cover it and call attention to the issues this crime does bring up. I just hope we can face the accused sooner rather than later.

    xxoo

  2. Jamie Satterfield says:

    I just saw this today (April 28, 2011). I am covering this case and will be tweeting pre-trial hearings and trial.

  3. ckrapp says:

    I’ll be following closely. Thank you for letting us know.

  4. Susan Burkhart says:

    Carrie’s family has been through enough—get this done and overwith for them so they can hopefully move on. My heart goes out to all of them.

  5. john wilson says:

    do u know when trial date is
    thanx
    john wilson
    chattanoogan.com
    news@chattanoogan.com

  6. ckrapp says:

    November 7th is the last day of jury selection and then the trial starts on November 8th.

  7. monicak711 says:

    Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell should be covering this case! How the hell can this not be more publicized? I live in Knoxville and had never heard of this case until this morning when I read it on Knox News’ website. This piece of garbage needs the death penalty!

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