George Hatt Found Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

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Goerge Hatt was found guilty of 1st degree murder in the brutal death of Andrew Spencer by a jury this afternoon.

 

(More details to come later this evening)

 

I received an email from a person who was at George Hatt’s trial, I believe it may have been intended for the Herald but I think this gets the point across with details…

 

I  used to be an avid reader of the Herald. When I moved to Everett 13 years ago, I subscribed to delivery and was a loyal reader for many years. I have found that as time goes on, I am more and more in awe at the bias of the stories written.
Ive noticed that not only are the stories inaccurate and bias, but poorly organized.
One such story has hit me at a personal level and that is the coverage of the recent murder trial in Everett of George d. Hatt.
I believe I sat near Ms. Hefley and not once did she or anyone else bother to ask anyone from the victims family anything.
The first article was riddled with errors of facts and hearsay from the trial and  seemed very much in favor of the defendant and I felt it was even disrespectful to the victim, whose name is barely mentioned well into the second paragraph. And again, why didn’t the writer get deeper into the thoughts or emotions of the people involved?
I was there throughout most of the trial, with Andrew Spencer’s mother, father, son, and many other family and friends and I can tell you first hand, that this was a very intense roller coaster ride for all of us.
Why didn’t the coverage include any statements from the family, friends, or anyone for that matter?
The facts were arranged in such a way that I felt the writer was conveying sympathy towards the defendant and making the victim less of a victim and more of a deserving criminal.
If you had talked to anyone you might have heard a different story altogether. And if you are going to reprint things that the defense says, why not print the entire story, instead of leaving out bits of important information that are pertinent to the eventual outcome the jury came to?
To top it off, the 3rd and final article that came out on Friday morning was not even worthy enough to be put on the front page as had the first two articles.
This trial was so important when the writer wanted to make the crime seem justified, but when justice was served, and not in the writers obviously bias manner, the story took the back seat to yet another article about the homeless problem.
Here are some key facts Diane Hefley left out:
Andrew Spencer lived in Granite Falls and was a father.
George Hatt was squatting on the property he claims was robbed by Andrew Spencer.
There has been nothing to date that proves Andrew ever robbed or vandalized George Hatt’s possessions.
The Herald would know this if instead of opinions, the writers did a bit of research themselves before throwing together some courtroom banter and hitting spell check, print.
George Hatt has an even longer list of felonies than Andrew Spencer. George Hatt showed absolutely no remorse for killing Andrew.
George Hatt did not just shoot Andrew, he tricked him into thinking their dispute was settled and then lured him back with lies, he shot him at close range, twice, then threw him in a shallow hole, said he would forever be known as kissing his own ass, then jumped on this back, not once, but several times, breaking ribs, etc, then proceeded to club the deceased with a 50lb barbell, all before throwing some dirt on top, pouring various chemicals, and staging a bonfire for 3 days before fleeing.
The body was not recovered in one piece, and was only recognizable because the head had been protected from the brunt of the fire. Even if you could justify a self defense plea, or sympathize with him for being robbed, even if you could justify this murder in any way, there is still the fact that what was done to Andrew after he died was horrific enough that no one showed up the day they showed the pictures of his remains in court.
And telling also, is that the one and only day anyone showed up in support of George, was the girlfriend who was also there the night he killed Andrew, yet she was never called to the stand as a witness because her testimony kept changing and she was deemed a hostile witness, She is,  by the way, facing charges in another case out of Tacoma from just a few months ago, involving prescription fraud.
These two career criminals have been known to talk about other individuals that have been victims of theirs in the past, it is rumored that George is quoted as saying he “stopped counting his victims after 22”.
Why then, is the Herald painting a picture of a person who was an unfortunate felon who was merely teaching a robber a lesson ?
Its easy to say what you want about Andrew Spencer, because he isn’t here to defend himself, but the courtroom was filled with people who knew him, including his parents.
George Hatt made sure to slip into his testimony that his dad is a retired fire captain in Ventura County, CA, yet no one flew up or drove up from California in support of his defense. And no one from the Herald bothered to give any real thought to how these three articles sounded to the victims family. Or anyone else who reads them and doesn’t know the full story.
My father, before his untimely death when I was 15, used to tell me, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and let everyone think you are stupid, then to open your mouth and prove it.” And the old tried and true cliche rings out as well, the one that says if you dont have anything nice to say,  dont say anything at all.
I suppose you could say I’m guilty of that one, as I really dont have anything nice to say with regards to these articles, however, I think I speak for all those of us who knew Andrew Spencer, when I say, he was a kind person with a big heart and a checkered past, who once went out and bought shoes for several people in winter time who had no warm shoes.
I didnt know him for very long, and in fact, I tried to dislike him based on the things I had heard about him, but he was such an honest and sincere person who expressed regret for his past mistakes.
One couldn’t help but like him, with his warm smile and easy laugh.
I cant say George Hatt was even the least bit sorry or remorseful for anything he did to Andrew.  I’m repulsed just thinking about the pictures of his mutilated body, and the horrifying scene George staged to look like a campfire, complete with lawn chairs set around a firepit, where underneath lay the broken pieces of a man he thought had robbed him, a man who he actually had used as one of many identities he stole over the course of his 2 years in Granite Falls, to sell vehicles and drugs and numerous other shady deals.
Ask anyone about him, and they’ll have nothing good to say. He even sent letters from jail telling his girlfriend to arrange a false witness to help get him acquitted of the murder charges he faced.  He signed it “The Granite Falls Grim Reaper”.  Of course, he tried to say in court that that was not his signature,  but even without an expert in handwriting, anyone could see that it was indeed the same penmanship.
Andrew Spencer may have once had “Bad Boy” Tattooed on his wrists, but even more true is the one george hatt has in large letters across his chest that reads “Hell Awaits”.
Shame on you, Herald, and you, Diane.   I thought you would at the very least,  quote reactions or comments from the victims family, in lieu of Andrew   not being alive to speak in his own defense.
His story ended the night a man took his life, and now you disregard who he was and what a loss we have suffered with your carelessly arranged words.
While it may just be another day at the office for you, his children will be at school and hear the snickers of other kids whose parents read your articles and spoke with disdain about someone you nor they, ever knew.
Its your loss to never have known him, our loss because we loved him.
The articles written by Diana Hefley lack feeling, empathy,  and smear the facts, alot like George Hatt.
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  • elizabeth

    Long read but well put id have to say.

  • Emily Hatt

    Well Snonomish county reporter, you’ve done it again. Printing yet another overly biased article about the same person, irconically all the while trying to point out another report as biased. So while this article is completely filled with speculation, biases, and straight out lies, I will just say this. In the article, it states “ask anyone about him, they’ll have nothing good to say” and I for one can guarantee that is not true. There is a long list of people who think otherwise, and maybe some of them would have been able to be in court to support George jr., should his trial date not have been rescheduled and delayed numerous times, over the year and a half he was held without being convicted. To add to that, your article says only one person came to support George, which is incorrect. His in state family was there supporting him.

    While you, the author, may not be happy with some of the thing said about the deceased during the trial, you can trust that as someone who knows and loves the defendant, we are also hurt and offend by lies and speculation made about George.

    • Brandia

      If you in fact actually read the story, you would’ve noted that I did not write the commentary, I simply republished the firsthand account of someone who had been present at the trial and knew the victim personally. I have provided documents and evidence of everything I have written about George Hatt, I have no interest or need to lie, the truth is far worse then anyone could make up.

      • Emily Hatt

        I did read the story, and while you may not have wrote it, you published it. So shame on you, because the things in this are not true. You have shown one sided evidence, called a person charged with a crime “the murder” (which is illegal as it is proven to be able to sway a jury), and illegally posted pictures of a minor without the parents consent. You should not be proud of how you have covered this case. It has been biased, and at times broke the law.

        • Brandia

          Again: In prior stories I said allegedly, in this story he was found guilty by a jury of his peers. There were no lies in this story, we have the audio tapes of the whole proceedings. Any pictures I posted were posted publicly on Google+ and on Facebook. If you can cite to any of the RCW’s you think I violated that would be great.

          • Emily Hatt

            George put pictures of his son on his profile, but he is not the guardian and you do not have to right to post photos of a minor without the guardians permission. This story states no one has a good thing to say about George, lie. I have tons of great things to say about him. The article states no family was at the trial in support, which is a lie. Family was there.
            While George is now the convicted murder and you may have since changed the article, that does not change the slander you committed by originally calling him the murder in one of your first articles about him.

          • elizabeth

            Ask anyone who was THERE THE NIGHT HE KILLED ANDREW! THEY WILL HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT HIM.
            A jury can be swayed? well, jeez, we all hope so,as is the purpose of legal prosecution, and defense. If you all wanted to be there, in support of him, surely, you could have hired him a better bunch of lawyer’s, however, for a bunch of unruly, “addicts” and “hostile” “liars”,we all seemed to make it every day of the trial. there exists plenty of audio tape, including george hatts own testimoney, to back up the facts. but then again, why would you need proof if you were there the whole time? did you somehow miss the day they showed pictures of what your precious george did to the deceased ? Are you going to tell me that was somehow a judgement of error or an accidental slip of sanity? a crime of passion? or better yet? self defense?
            go troll somewhere else, what do you care to hear the truth anyways, you never bothered to consider that maybe just maybe, the george you may think he is, is in fact a sociopathic monster who has the intelligence to fool a bunch of people who are his blind followers in a fan club of keyboard warriors hidden in the shadows of his demise. hes guilty. get over it. andrews dead, and you cant bring him back to testify to that, but george admitted it. whats the point in trying to convince anyone hes a fucken angel, for heavens sake, his chest says Hell Awaits. let me guess, an upstanding citizen with no criminal past who is a father of the year just decides to one day get that tatooed across his chest?
            and let me tell you something else, i have in fact, copies of the pictures i believe are being refferenced, and i found them online, on a google drive account that apparently was left accessible to thepublic, along with several copies of his lovely little piece called sanctuary. if you want to see the proof, id be happy to sit down with you in a public place and show you how i indeed accessed that. Of course, those pictures are nothing compared to the ones i saw in court of the remains of Andrew Spencer.
            would you care to see those, they are garaunteed to give you nightmares. the questiom isnt IF george is GUiLTY, the question should be more like this, If he is indeed some great guy you all claim he is, then WHAT WENT WRONG ?

          • Emily Hatt

            There were only four people there that night including Andrew, and you were not one of them. So stop acting like you were.
            You hope a jury can be swayed? Swaying a jury is illegal, so I’m not sure why you would want that. That’s great that despite your addictions you were able to be there, and since you were, you would know that George had his in state family there as well. I live in Rhode Island, and would have been there in a second had the trial date not been changed and postponed numerous times, as would many of his California relatives.
            I’m not arguing with you about whether or not George is guilty, that would be pointless as neither of our opinions really matter. What I am arguing, is that this article is filled with lies, which it is. I don’t need to prove anything to you about George, or the person I know. That’s wonderful that you have a FICTIONAL book, and I find it quite humerus that you believe that to represent who he is. It’s a good thing the rest of the world didn’t think that way, or their be a lot of authors in jail. On that note, same for people with stupid tattoos. Because its SOOOO not like anyone else has tattoos they may regret getting later.

            George Hatt may be a convicted murder now, but he is still so much more then that. And I will “troll” endlessly to make sure every post filled with lies is set straight. Because here I am, SOMEONE WHO LOVES AND CARES ABOUT GEORGE HATT. You can call him whatever you want, but I’ve known him longer then you, I know him better then you, and I know you are wrong. And for the record, yes, we George’s family and loved ones do stand by his statement that he was defending himself from a known criminal and drug addict.

          • Emily Hatt

            There were only four people there that night including Andrew, and you were not one of them. So stop acting like you were.
            You hope a jury can be swayed? Swaying a jury is illegal, so I’m not sure why you would want that. That’s great that despite your addictions you were able to be there, and since you were, you would know that George had his in state family there as well. I live in Rhode Island, and would have been there in a second had the trial date not been changed and postponed numerous times, as would many of his California relatives. But don’t worry, I plan to be with my family in supporting George through his impending appeal process.
            I’m not arguing with you about whether or not George is guilty, that would be pointless as neither of our opinions really matter. What I am arguing, is that this article is filled with lies, which it is. I don’t need to prove anything to you about George, or the person I know. That’s wonderful that you have a FICTIONAL book, and I find it quite humerus that you believe that to represent who he is. It’s a good thing the rest of the world didn’t think that way, or there would be a lot of authors in jail. On that note, same for people with stupid tattoos. Because its SOOOO not like anyone else has tattoos they may regret getting later.
            George Hatt may be a convicted murder now, but he is still so much more then that.
            And I will “troll” endlessly to make sure every post filled with lies is set straight. Because here I am, SOMEONE WHO LOVES AND CARES ABOUT GEORGE HATT. You can call him whatever you want, but I’ve known him longer then you, I know him better then you, and I know you are wrong.
            And for the record, yes, we George’s family and loved ones do stand by his statement that he was defending himself from a known violent criminal and drug addict.

  • Laurel Albright

    How true .