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As of August 28 2009, one year after Aaron's murder.
Here is an overview of the case. (items that we know and/or have put together).
In August 2008, after spending an extended time in the Far East, Our son Aaron A. Tierno was preparing to close on two additional real estate properties. One was another rental property and one was to be “his” home where he planned to raise a family.
Aaron was working for a private
security firm and working extended hours in order to boost his income
for the new homes.
On August 27, 2008, for his job, he was
ordered to Globe to guard a construction site over night. This was
his first job at this site and in this area. As this area is a large
distance (over an hour drive) from his current home, he borrowed his
brothers car that used lass fuel.
On August 28 2008, his relief arrived
in the morning. Aaron did a pass down and he told her that he was
hungry and tired. He told her that he planned to stop at McDonald's
for a quick meal and head home because he was required to be back at
work (at this site) later that evening.
On September 3, 2008, we received an
urgent email from Aaron's brother that Aaron had net been seen or
heard from since August 28.
Aaron's brother told us that a Phoenix
police officer had arrived at the house they shared and asked why he
had not reported his car stolen. They had found it a week earlier,
“burned to the axles”. When he explained that his brother had
borrowed it and asked to file a “missing person's report”, they
would NOT accept it. They told him that people often did not want to
Aaron's brother then contacted a friend
who knew a police officer in the Globe area. Within hours, Terry
Blevins responded (on his day off) with his offer to assist. Sergeant
Blevins and Virgil Dodd started an investigation and were resourceful
and wonderful. They had hard evidence of who had been seen with Aaron
on the morning of August 28. Mr. Blevins and Dodd were in constant
contact with us as the case developed.
At this point, an American Indian was
identified as the last one in contact with Aaron. Once this was
established, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) removed the case from
the hands of the Gila County Sheriff's Office and we were cut off
from almost all further information.
Two men were arrested on the Indian
reservation. We were informed that we had the right to be present
during the arraignment. They were moved to the Phoenix federal system
on November 21, 2008. We were informed of this on November 24. When
we asked about our rights, we were told “Oh, sorry”.
Through all of this, we have pieced
together the following...
At breakfast Aaron met one of the defendants. For some reason, he gave him a ride to the reservation. Witnesses saw Aaron with the defendant, who then met with a another Indian, As Aaron went to the car, one defendant ask the other to “get your gun” and they drove off with one of the defendant (with the gun hidden in his pants/coat) in the back seat. The next time the defendant's are seen they are trying to use Aaron's ATM and charge cards. Less than 2 hours later, the defendant's were picked up by some one who knew them down the road from where the burnt out car was found, and they smelled like smoke and one of them had some hair singed.
Some time later, one of the defendant's
took the BIA to Aaron's body. It was off a dirt road, down a gully,
hidden in bushes.
The corners report shows that Aaron was
shot in the back of the head by a large caliber firearm.
As of August 4 and 5 2009, the two
defendants have made a plea of guilty and agreed to a term of 25
years for Nash and 15 to 25 for Henry. Neither of the defendant's
agreed in this agreement to implicate the other. So this was a plea
to simply reduce their sentence. As a matter of fact, they are not
even required by this agreement to explain what and why they did this
We will be at the sentencing hearing
for Nash on October 28, 2009, 09:00 AM
If this goes forward, (with “good behavior”) one can be released when he is 33 years old, and the other at the age of 45.