HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - The family of Alfred Wright was in Houston Friday expressing their displeasure with the Department of Justice's announcement.
"I want to send this out to Mr. President Barack Obama. If you can hear me, all I want to ask you and Mr. Holder to do is to please send someone from the outside into our little, rural town to investigate Hemphill, Jasper, and Beaumont," said Wright's mother, Rosalind Wright.
On Wednesday, Shane Hadnot, 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death and distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death.
Yet, during a Houston-based rally, Wright's family said they believe Hadnot is being used as a scapegoat, and he is not to blame for Wright's death. They believe the Sabine County Sheriff's Office is the issue and they still blame them.
"My biggest fear is leaving these culprits in office," said Rosalind Wright. "And being afraid that my grandsons - my son left three seeds - I'm afraid for my grandsons. I'm afraid this may happen to them."
Wright went missing on Nov. 7, 2013. On that day, he pulled into the CL&M grocery store along State Highway 87 in Hemphill. When his truck broke down, he made a call to his wife at 6:05 p.m. Several days later, pieces of Wright's clothing were found on a private land near his disappearance site.
"It's been festering since November 7th, and it festered today over in Beaumont, Texas with [U.S. Attorney John M. Bale]. They have not investigated anything. My son's truck is still parked in my garage. No one ever looked at it," said Wright's father, Douglas Wright Sr. "There's something wrong with Sheriff [Tom] Maddox. There's something wrong with Hemphill law enforcement. There's something wrong with the Texas Rangers--Danny Young. I'm going to call the name. There's something wrong with Danny Young."
Family members and friends found Wright's body in a wooded area of Sabine County on Nov. 25. Despite the fact that authorities mounted ground and air searches for Wright, his body was found about approximately 25 yards from where he disappeared.
In a press release, it was revealed that two days before Wright's death, he exchanged 20 text messages and 35 phone calls with Hadnot to discuss the purchase of cocaine and other drugs. Despite the evidence, the Wright's said they believe their son was murdered by another party.
"How did drugs cut his throat? How did drugs take his tongue out? How did drugs cut his ears off?" said Douglas Wright Sr.
An autopsy and toxicology report performed on Wright's body revealed cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax in his blood stream. During an early morning press conference in Beaumont, Bales revealed information about the trauma on Wright's body. According to the federal indictment, Dr. Ralston, a forensic pathologist with the STFC in Beaumont, found six shallow puncture wounds on Wright's body.
"The puncture wounds each measured 0.2 inches and were located on Wright's left palm, lower abdomen, and left leg," the indictment reads.
The indictment reveals Dr. Ralston did not find any severe trauma on Wright's body, except "soft-tissue damage to Wright's face and neck that was consistent with insect and animal scavenging." He also said Wright's cell phone was found inside his right sock, and a key-ring was found inside Wright's left shoe. There is no mention of a slit throat.
Wright's parents said they are not convinced by the Department of Justice's investigation, and are unhappy with the way they were treated.
"I called [Bales], and I said 'sir, you're telling me that my son took drugs, slit his throat, cut his ears off, gouged his eyes out, knocked three teeth out? That's unbelievable. So, you're telling me that this had to do with animal activity?' because that was his statement," said Rosalind Wright.
During the protest, Ivan Martinez, a congressional staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Sheila Jackson Lee office, read a statement from the Congresswoman.
"I, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, will push for a full federal investigation into the death of Alfred Wright," the statement reads. "It has come to my attention that there are many aspects concerning the death of Alfred Wright that have not been fully investigated. I've always viewed the United States Department of Justice, especially for the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, as a place of refuge and an important vehicle of justice. Today, I believe the work has started, but it has not been completed. But, at the same time, it is urgent that community leaders of the NAACP continue to press forward for an expanded investigation."
Despite the arrest, the Wright's said they will not give up on seeking the truth in Wright's death. The family announced they have started a coalition with the Trayvon Martin family called the African Descendants United for Justice, and will be traveling to the United Nations in November.
Martin was a 17-year-old African American teenager in Florida who was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, on Feb. 26, 2012.
"You know, [the DOJ] probably thought just because we live in a little town and we really don't know any better, we would probably just go and accept what they dished out," said Rosalind Wright. "But, I'm sorry. I'm not from Jasper. I've only lived here 25 years, and I've tried to do everything that I knew, to be an upstanding citizen and it's not going to work for me."