Slain BP agent's family still looking for answers

Slain BP agent's family still looking for answers

CREATED Jun 30, 2011

Reporter: Joel Waldman
Web Producer: Layla Tang

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) -  It's been three weeks since U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was fatally wounded 19 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, but his family says not much has changed in their search for answers.

"We're still just all about where we were just like three weeks ago. And, I think one of the most difficult things is no one is giving us any answers or what's happened to Brian," said stepmother Carolyn Terry.

One thing the family wants is an autopsy. They want to know exactly how Brian died. At first, they were told it was from an AK-47 bullet through his side.  Now, they're questioning that information, because of the many rumors they say they keep reading about on the Internet.

"Right now, what are you most upset about?"asked 9 On Your Side reporter Joel Waldman. 

"How my son died," replied Kent Terry.  "Was he shot?  Was he shot by friendly fire?  Why is the border patrol all of a sudden (saying) they can't talk?"

Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent KGUN9's questions to the FBI, the agency handling the investigation.  The FBI responded simply by saying its "level of secrecy is standard for an ongoing investigation."  Kent Terry said that as long as he hears silence about his son's death, he vows to be louder and louder.  He took direct aim at President Obama.

"My son died. His blood is on that dirt, not his (President Obama) and the longer this goes on and the more I don't hear, the madder (sic) I'm going to get and the more I'm going to start talking," Terry said.

Even more frustrating to the Terry family is the fact that none of the four suspects in custody have been charged with any crimes, besides re-entering the United States unlawfully. 

On the day of Brian's funeral, the Terrys say border patrol told the family they had the man responsible for their son and brother's death, "He stood right there (a border patrol agent) and told us one of the Mexicans we have is the shooter. He was happy about it.  And, now we're hearing this they're going to send them all back," said Carolyn Terry.

"I have not seen or heard anything that actually links him to anything more serious then him being here without documents," said Leslie Bowman, attorney for one of the four suspects in custody.  

A public defender on the case told KGUN9 if the feds have solid evidence against any of the four suspects in custody, they'll have to submit a case by January 15th. Otherwise, there's always a slight chance the suspects could get deported back to Mexico.