by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Let’s go back and look at more Billings Police Officers and what their role was in the Richard Ramirez murder by Officer Grant Morrison.
Billings Detective Brad Tucker was asked by Lieutenant Detective House to conduct several witness interviews as House needed more help with interviews.
Billings Police Officer Jon Schweigert responded to the crime scene but he was not needed so he left.
It was Detective Jeff Charter who collected items from Officer Morrison and then got a verbal summary of events from Grant Morrison. Detective Charter then took Grant Morrison to the hospital for testing such as blood draw, alcohol, drugs and such. Detective Charter when finished with Grant Morrison the applied for a warrant which he then physically presented to District Court Judge Knisely.
Detective Jeff Charter then started taking photos of the autopsy of Richard Ramirez. Later he executed the signed search warrant on Grant Morrison’s patrol car and then inspected Grant Morrison’s duty pistol. Grant Morrison carries more than one gun on him at a time according to an unnamed police source Morrison’s other gun he carries is concealed according to the source. Yet Detective Jeff Charter only inspected Grant Morrison’s service pistol, not the concealed weapon Morrison is known to carry.
Later that evening he conducted an official interview with Officer Grant Morrison.
Billings Police Officer James Nyquist responded to the crime scene but was not needed so he left.
Billings Police Officer Bethany Schwartz went to the hospital to help secure a perimeter because the Ramirez family was at the hospital and were yelling at the officers because they were distraught that a Billings Police Officer murdered their relative.
Then we have Lieutenant Jeremy House, House was called to respond by Lieutenant Cardillo and was briefed of Morrison’s version of the situation. House then called in more Detectives and secured evidence, searched the car and transported evidence.
Detective Krivitz was called in by House . Krivitz took photo of the crime scene and helped search the vehicle that Ramirez was riding in.
Billings Police Officer Mitch Hart was brought in by Detective Kurger to help him with downloading the 911 calls, radio calls and the dispatch logs. Hart then collected Morrison’s uniform, gun belt, tazer, radio and handcuffs and his boots from the officer’s home and put them into evidence bags and took them to the investigation Division.
Lt Cardillo arrived on the scene and reorganized the security perimeter and indicated that he had full control of the scene when he spoke to sergeant Cardillo. Cardillo saw Julie Ramirez crying and shouting at Officers. Cardillo went over to try and calm Julie Ramirez down.
He showed the Ramirez family compassion in a very trying situation.
Officer Mark Best arrived at the crime scene and was asked to use his patrol car to block off a street.
Captain R.D. Harper was called to the scene by Lieutenant Cardillo. Harper spoke to Chief St. John, Grant Morrison and Cardillo. He then went to the Billings Clinic and gathered information and then verbally briefed Chief St. John on the situation at the hospital.
Sergeant Scott Conrad arrived on at the crime scene and took Grant Morrison to City hall and helped with the procedures for the officer involved shooting. Later Conrad went to the hospital for blood and urine samples of Grant Morrison.
This concludes 6 of 35 articles regarding Grant Morrison murder of Richard Ramirez. Stay tuned for yet more information to be released by the Montana News investigative team.