Kaluza-Graham family questions Gerlach testimony

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 7:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The family of Brendon Kaluza-Graham questioned some of what Gail and Sharon Gerlach said in court during the trial.

Gail Gerlach, was found not guilty of manslaughter for the shooting death of Kaluza-Graham in March of 2013.  

The family does not believe the whole story was told in the case. They feel a community’s frustration about property crime cases going unsolved played a role in the not guilty verdict. They said someone stealing a car does not deserve to lose their life.

“Brendon is a person that mattered, way beyond an old car,” said Brendon’s grandmother, Ann Kaluza.

Family members told KREM 2 they think the defense confused the jury and underplayed the fact that Kaluza-Graham died.

They think there is more to this case than what came out in the trial and hope another may turn in their favor

“I think that civil court will bring out some more truths that weren’t brought out yesterday,” said Brendon’s grandfather, Bob Graham.

They are worried the verdict will send a message to the community about reacting to burglaries and other crimes.

Kaluza-Graham’s grandparents tried to emphasize how he was trying to turn his life around. They said he had a job interview lined up for the day after the shooting.

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