Sheriff Larry Dever's Half-Empty Bottle of Schnapps -- and Lifeless Body -- in Pictures Published by Web Site

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David Morgan, publisher of the Cochise County Record, says he published the picture of Dever's body to "challenge" the local officials with whom he's sparred for years.
Pictures from Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's fatal September 18 crash and published by a southern Arizona news site show open containers of liquor -- and Dever's lifeless body.

Click here to see the report by the Cochise County Record.

David Morgan, a semi-retired news blogger and political muckraker from Sierra Vista, says he published the picture of Dever's body on his site mainly to challenge  southern Arizona bureaucrats he's fought with over public records and other issues. He also wants citizens in Sierra Vista and other Cochise County to think about their region's minimal coverage of news and the hijinks of local politicians.

"I really believe the community needs shaking up," says Morgan, 63. "It gets people to thinking about some matters."

See also- Sheriff Larry Dever's Blood-Alcohol Level Was More Than Three Times the "Legal Limit"

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A cropped image from the photo of Larry Dever's body published over the weekend by a southern Arizona news site.
He's caught flak for the article published on his Web site on Saturday, he says, but more people are now viewing his site, too.

Dever, a popular Republican sheriff who was first elected in 1996, died after his truck rolled on a quiet dirt road near Williams. On his way to a family hunting trip, he'd been blind drunk, with a BAC of .29, and was speeding in his county pickup without his seat belt on.

His ignominious death shocked many in Arizona. Dever, a Mormon, had lived for years in the small southern Arizona town of St. David. Some of those who knew Dever told New Times they'd never known him to take a drink.

New Times did talk to one credible source who said Dever was known to be a "jack" Mormon who regularly imbibed.

Mark Dannels, a retired Cochise County Sheriff's Office commander running for sheriff this November, says he'd worked with Dever for more than 28 years and had never seen him drink, in public or private. Dannels, in response to our questions, says he's never even heard a rumor that Dever ever showed up to work drunk.

Dannels says he has no tolerance for drunk drivers .He lost his mother to one when he was 13.

"If I knew he was drinking and driving, I'd have been the first to go arrest him," he says.

The full truth about Dever, it seems, is yet to come out.

One of the pictures published by Morgan shows a half-empty bottle of peppermint schnapps in the truck's interior. Morgan says another picture shows a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels whisky, while a police report Morgan also published confirms that two liquor bottles were found inside the truck.

A day after the crash, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said a deputy who arrived at the scene on September 18 didn't notice any open containers of liquor inside the vehicle.

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One of the bottles of liquor found in Dever's county vehicle following his fatal crash on September 18.

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22 comments
jeanjb
jeanjb

wats up with the hannigans these day's

kg7977
kg7977

Mr. Dever did not treat Cochise County residents the same, he was arrogant and divisive and had his own agenda.    The corruption in Cochise County is mindblowing from the County recorder to the County Attorneys office and NO ONE in the State offices will listen when residents beg them to investigate and give them information of wrong doing.    I can only hope that some day enough Cochise County Residents  will say enough is enough, stand together and stop being afraid of people such as Joe Borane and his brother, Ray and their little minions.  Thank God for David Morgan, he is not afraid to ask the questions and bring the issues and the corruption to the publics eye.

 

Cochise County Resdient waiting for change.

leslie
leslie

Good points made here. But when you live in a small town - everybody's house is made of glass. When you live in a small town if one person farts, everybody's windows rattle. Difficult to change.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

We're gonna have to review all these pious right wingers and make sure they ain't just yer common everyday drunk with a badge or a briefcase or a cross.  Them holier than thou bigots and them righteous hypocrites all better beware cause us regular folk they're all trying to screw over for a buck are on to them. 

 

sedonasherpa
sedonasherpa

I would not demonize the man for this as serious as DUI is...These guys are part of the old school and hunting while buzzed goes back a few hundred years. SNAPPS confirms that as does the BAC-These country boys consider back woods their Las Vegas.

 

RIP SHERIFF 

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Hiram Walker peppermint schnapps, nothing but the finest for Larry.

DDAWG
DDAWG

Just another drunk and alcoholic off the roads making it safer to drive for all.

pama-kelt-n
pama-kelt-n

The photo of Sheriff Larry Dever's deceased body is indeed gruesome and in poor taste and I do have my doubts about David Morgan (I hope he's not a right wing nut case). Nevertheless, the photos do raise some serious questions about how truthful law enforcement agencies and their officers are when briefing the public about matters such as these. Do law enforcement officers "take care of their own"? Do law enforcement officers get preferential treatment? Do law enforcement officers cover each others' you know whats when breaking the law? Are law enforcement officers above the law? How many other times have we been lied to? I could go on and on, but I think I've made my point. It's quite apparent that we have been blatantly lied to by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. It takes gall and arrogance for someone (especially law enforcement officers) to lie through their teeth to the public when they are the ones we entrust to be honest and transparent with us in the first place.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

David Morgan's posting of Dever's corpse is tasteless - but he is raking muck when the corporate media in Cochise County is content to be the establishment cheerleader. There is only one daily newspaper and it is pretty limp. All but one of the other newspapers are owned by the same corporation, which has a hard-right editorial slant. At least Morgan is asking questions. There was a judge/J.P. former chief of police in Douglas who was incredibly powerful and incredibly corrupt. Kinda like a certain sheriff in your county. Everybody knew about Joe Cocaine but no one had the balls to take him down until the feds nailed him in a sting operation. Then he got a good looking babe to seduce the agent who ran the case. Without an independent press corruption runs rampant.

I am still disgusted with a certain New Times writer who swallowed the bullshit about how great Dever was and passed it along to his readers. Reinhard Heydrich was an affable person - and a monster. Larry Dever was a right-wing fanatic and a rank hypocrite and liar.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I chose to not look at the blog site simply because I don't feel the need to see the evidence photos. Larry Dever got the death penalty for his very bad decision to drink alcohol while driving a motor vehicle.

 

I don't see any value in going to Morgan's site to see what we already know. Nor do I want to support his effort, whatever his motive might be.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

just like they shouldnt be posting booking photo's, they shouldnt be posting Dever's death photo's. they are both in poor taste. however, joe and joe's supporters should not complain, Dever's BAC was 3 times the limit, whereas the people who have been booked have not been proven guilty or innocent. but in either case, neither of those photo's should be displayed for public consumption.

yallsyella
yallsyella

hey! that's funny! somebody from the new times calling somebody else a muckraker.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

 @mikefrombisbee Agreed.  Dever was a featured speaker every year at Glenn Spencer's little white-supremacist get-togethers at Spencer's compound on the border near Naco.  Spencer, as is well known, harbored Shawna Forde after she murdered Raul and Brisenia Flores in cold blood.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy

 

I agree with everything you say except about the photos. It's news, it happened and if someone does not want to see them, they can look away.

 

I am tired of others making judgements for me about what I should or should not know or see.

 

This is just like Fox broadcasting the idiot last week who shot himself. So what, it happened and it's news, if you don't want to know about things like that or want them sterilized for you then read it in an article and don't load the images, don't watch broadcast video. That way it will only be described for you and you will not have to watch it.

 

I however do want to know what happened, everything that happened and see it so I can make my own determinations and come to my own conclusions without someone telling me what those are by omission.

 

It's the news medias job to report the news, not play mommy and daddy or censor the things you don't like - that is a parents job and your job.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 i am also getting ahead of a few people who wont go to check out the site that gives the investigation info. on it, he is talking about the autopsy photo's, and that does not need to be seen by the public

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 when i say they shouldnt publish it, i mean the body. the families of people who have died dont need to see their loved one as a bloody mess on T.V.  but as for the rest of it, and the story itself? yes we are entitled to know the facts behind the death of someone who is an elected official

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy 

 

Yes I saw them and have no problem with them being there.

 

Again, if you don't want to look at them, don't look, no one is making you look and if anyone, family/friends included is not ready for reality then stop watching broadcast news and turn off all images in your browser.

 

It's not your or anyone elses place to tell me what I can and can not see. If the paper chooses to print them or not, that is the papers choice just like it's your and anyone elses choice to look at them or not as you please, but it is not your right to tell me I can't.

 

At most the publisher should put a warning in front of them or something like that, but that is all and even that is not required in my opinion, just a reasonable thing to do.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 it could be worse on the other site though, and it was the refernece to the autopsy photo's that i thought was goping a little far

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Flyer9753 did you go check out the other site with the investigation info? that one is the full out photo of him sprawled across the seat. the one on this site is okay, the other one is a bit harsher, and thats the one i was refering too

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @danzigsdaddy 

 

I understand that but do not agree with it because they have free will to not look at it or as I said, not watch broadcast TV or turn off images in web pages until such time as they can deal with the reality.

 

That is a responsibility of theirs since they don't want to look at it.

 

Whereas if we go the other direction and start censoring, that infringes on my rights to see and know public information, and it is public since anyone could have come up on the wreck taken pictures and so on - it's not private is my point. It happened in public and therefore I have a right to know about it.

 

Their choice to not want to see it should not infringe on my or anyone elses right to complete and factual public information.

 

As to the "I can go elsewhere to find it if I want" argument, that again puts the impetus on me to have to do something because of their choice, if I want complete information so again I would have to say this is wrong.

 

Look, I am not saying to throw it in anyones face. In this article I think they did a good job with the cropped photo in showing how violent a wreck it was by the pinning of the dashboard that you can see in the photo, without being overly in your face about it. They did a fair balance, but if they did publish the full photo, or others did I cannot fault them for it.

 

Don't look if you are not ready for reality.

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