Decatur : 1997 death of Arkansan now gets trial in Alaska

May 23, 2007 Full story: Herald-Leader 109

“Derek Sawyer did not shoot his wife”

A Gakona, Alaska, man accused of killing his Arkansas-born wife nearly 10 years ago is on trial here. via Herald-Leader

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I agree with Oregon

Anchorage, AK

#21 Jul 5, 2007
GO AWAY, WHAT A JERK!!!
aktoco

Fort Collins, CO

#22 Jul 5, 2007
No matter what you think, Derek's parents are going to raise those children well. Also, there are other people in the childrens life that love them and will take good care of them that will be right there.
unknown

Anchorage, AK

#23 Jul 13, 2007
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Gretchen's death.. But the good thing about this year is that justice was finally served.
And our next happy day is when Gretchen's kids are reunited with "GRETCHEN'S" family were they belong!!!!
I agree with unknown

United States

#24 Jul 15, 2007
I have no doubt that Derek's parents will raise the children well, they are both good teachers and great people. But what about Gretchen's parents, they have lost so much, the kids should be with them!!!!
Anthony Lemons

United States

#25 Sep 11, 2007
Someone must be very conceited, because I was talking about the 70+ heat. Remind me to be more specific next time, I would hate to boost anyone's ego.
unknown

United States

#26 Sep 14, 2007
Go talk about weather somewhere else.
UKN

Anchorage, AK

#27 Nov 17, 2007
The kids are in the best possible place for them.
UKN

Valdez, AK

#28 Dec 3, 2007
Derek was supposed to be sentenced in November. Does anyone know the outcome?
unknown

Anchorage, AK

#29 Dec 23, 2007
It was changed for January the judge had another trial that was starting.
UNKNOWN

Sparkman, AR

#30 Jan 25, 2008
unknown wrote:
It was changed for January the judge had another trial that was starting.
WHAT DAY IN JANUARY???
UKN

Valdez, AK

#31 Jan 29, 2008
What's the outcome of the sentence, and what is happening with the kids?
ARK-OKIE

Sherman, TX

#32 Feb 5, 2008
TO-I AGREE WITH UNKNOWN:

HOW CAN U POSSIBLY SAY THAT DEREKS PARENTS WILL RAISE THE KIDS UP RIGHT? AFTER ALL, THE RAISED A COLD-BLOODED KILLER THAT SHOT HIS WIFE IN THE FACE AT POINT-BLANK RANGE AND BLAMED IT ON A 2-YEAR OLD. THEN, THE MOTHER TRIED TO HIDE HER KILLER SON OUT SO HE WOULDNT GET IN TO TROUBLE. IS THIS WHAT U THINK GOOD PARENTING IS? I AM SCARED TO DEATH FOR THOSE KIDS AND THEY SHOULD BE WITH GRETCHEN'S FAMILY. AS FAR AS I KNOW, THEY HAVE NEVER KILLED ANYONE.
UNKNOWN

Sparkman, AR

#33 Feb 5, 2008
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THE SENTENCING WAS???????
unknown

Fairbanks, AK

#34 Feb 8, 2008
today is the day of sentencing, Feb 8th but I have not heard anything yet from Gretchens family I just hope that is not changed again...
unknown

Valdez, AK

#35 Feb 8, 2008
If you want to follow the case go to www.courtview.com for Alaska. You just have to type in the persons name and it will bring up case numbers. Just go to the one with his name that is still open. It gives you all the events and dates and changes. The sentencing has been postponed again.
Anthony Lemons

Wasilla, AK

#36 Feb 9, 2008
Anthony Lemons wrote:
I live in Eagle River, but it shows up as Wasilla. So, who here is hot? Women, I mean.
Don't use my name to ask dumb questions. Use your own name.
unknown

Anchorage, AK

#37 Feb 9, 2008
The sentencing was postponed again because Dean and Penny are just wasting time...
unknown

Valdez, AK

#38 Feb 11, 2008
UKN wrote:
The kids are in the best possible place for them.
The kids are doing good in school and sports. They are being well taken care of and do have a lot of people in their lives who love and care for them, including a little sister and 2 stepsisters who love them tremendously.Their little sister is only able to see them on a limited basis, and that is only at the insistance of her mother. But they also need to be able to get to know their mothers family who lost so much. They not only lost their daughter, but have not been allowed to see the children since their mothers funeral.They should have regular court ordered visitation with their mothers family who miss them so much. How is it fair that the children and Gretchens family be denied that?
unknown

Valdez, AK

#39 Feb 11, 2008
Sorry, did not mean to post twice. My comment was a reply to "the kids being in the best possible place..."
Erika

Menifee, AR

#40 Feb 23, 2008
God Bless you all!!!Gretchen's birthday was friday. continue to prey for us please.

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