Brittany Grizzles parents were immediately suspicious after her boyfriend killed her in what he said was an accidental shooting with a .357-caliber revolver.
On Tuesday, as a Jones County grand jury may have been hearing testimony in the case, parents Scott and Joan Anderson pleaded for the publics help in shedding any more light on the case.
We plead and pray for the community to help uncover the truth, Scott Anderson said Tuesday during a news conference in his dining room. Weve learned a lot of information over the last few months, all of Brittanys family, and we have good reason to believe theres much more to that fatal night than whats been disclosed by the charged or the chargeds family.
Unfortunately, the allegation is there was only one eyewitness in the room that night, and that was our precious daughter. Shes dead.
The Andersons offered few specifics in their talk about Grizzle, who was 22, and her boyfriend, Waylon Goodson. Goodson has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the May 6 shooting death. The Andersons said they understood the case would be presented to the grand jury between Monday and Wednesday, but they dont know when any grand jury action would be announced.
District Attorney Fred Bright was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon. The Andersons asked that any information involving Grizzle be sent to the districts attorney office in Jones County.
The parents didnt approve of the relationship. Scott Anderson said, Wed been trying for four years to get her away from him.
Joan Anderson said her daughter changed a lot after meeting Goodson. Grizzle had been a competition cheerleader and church volunteer who graduated from high school and participated in pageants. Shed been trying to improve her life before she was killed, including going back to school, said her mother, who can only speculate on whether she might have considered leaving Goodson.
Greenwood Baptist Church is hosting a prayer vigil and balloon release in remembrance of Grizzle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 3400 Gray Highway in Gray.
The Andersons said they have all the confidence in the prosecutors assigned to Grizzles case, but they want to ensure theyre given all the necessary information to help a jury find the truth.
Signs across Jones County are marked, Remember Brittany Grizzle, Psalms 106:3. Joan Anderson said friends started the signs, and the verse is about being truthful and just and doing whats right.
She said shes certain of another thing about her daughter.
She had the possibility of a bright future, her mother said.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.