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Mac Griffith was a rough and tough cowboy such as you read about in an old Western novel. He rode horses, joined the rodeo, drank heavily, fought like no other, and was an all-round tough guy. In 1965, this all came to an end when, after a conversation with an off duty state trooper, another patron in a local drinking establishment, Mac Griffith was shot in the stomach which lead to his death. Duane Harvey, a local of Prineville and a 10-year war veteran, was arrested, tried as the shooter and found innocent. Many believe that Mr. Harvey is a guilty man who was allowed to walk free due to his lawyers' manipulation of the jurors on the case. Others, however, believe that Mr. Harvey did what he thought he had to do because Mac Griffith was a danger to all. Like in many small towns, the beliefs of whether Duane Harvey was guilty or innocent, or whether Mac Griffith was a good or bad person, is equally split among people's views. Thus, it is your job as the reader to read about the lives of the many involved on that tragic day. You have to become the 13 juror. Read carefully.
All-Around And the 13th Juror by Rick Steber is a true crime novel introducing readers to the life and death of rodeo cowboy Mac Griffith, as well as the trial of his shooter, Duane Harvey, and the after effects it had on his friends, family, acquaintances, and many others in Prineville, Oregon and its surrounding neighboring towns. Author Rick Steber has done an incredible amount of research, with documentation, witness statements, and opinions of friends, family, and enemies pertaining to the death of Mac Griffith and the trial of Duane Harvey. A reader can expect to feel as if they were present when the actual events being described happened. Much detail, thought, and emotions fill the pages of this incredible book. If a reader likes true crime stories, mystery, and westerns, then this book is recommended for them.