She said Bixby told her he would shoot any law enforcement agents who came on the land.”
I said ‘Steven, you wouldn’t do that, you wouldn’t shoot law enforcement,’” Newton said. “He looked at me so serious, it scared me. He said, ‘I will. If they step one foot on my parents’ property, I’ll blow their mother (expletive deleted) heads off.’”
Taylor offered perhaps the most damaging piece of evidence against Rita Bixby to date. The prosecution played an audiotape of a phone conversation between Taylor and Rita that occurred not long after Wilson and Ouzts were shot.
“Steve said, ‘Mom, if I can’t live free, then I might as well die,’” said Rita, on the tape. “Arthur and I feel the same way about it. We couldn’t talk him out of something when we feel the same way, too.â€?
The mother was convicted of, well, as near as I can tell, thoughtcrime.
Bixby wasn’t home at the time of the shootings, but she knew her husband and son planned violence against anyone who stepped on their land, prosecutor Jerry Peace said.
Bright shining lines are being crossed, and there are some people who will not let them be crossed with impunity. I am sorry that the police officers died, and I wouldn’t have resorted to violence at that stage… but I understand.
(Hat tip: Mexi)