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TV crew arrives to start show on 2004 homicide
Aug 1, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer
A television show produced for the Investigation Discovery cable channel will focus on the 2004 murder of Wyoming Honor Farm nurse Tammy Sue Watts.
Staff with the show "Nightmare Next Door" arrived in Riverton this week and will remain in Fremont County for several days to talk to prosecutors, investigators, family members and others connected to the murder case.
Floyd DeWayne Grady is serving a life sentence for killing the 39-year-old Hudson woman in April 2004 at the minimum-security prison in north Riverton, where he was an inmate.
Grady, who had been previously convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1994, avoided the death penalty for the Riverton murder when a Teton County jury convicted and sentenced him in May 2006.
A jury in Lander could not reach a unanimous decision during the first trial in November 2005, leading 9th District Judge Norman E. Young to declare a mistrial and move the second prosecution attempt to Jackson.
The television show marks the third time in recent weeks that a national program has spotlighted a criminal case in Fremont County.
A July episode of "America's Most Wanted" explored the search for Wesley "Wes" Richard Nebeker, 44, of Lander, who faces 18 felony warrants alleging sexual abuse of minors.
And a crew from the show "Disappeared," an NBC Discovery series, was in Lander recently to conduct interviews on the disappearance of Lander resident Amy Wroe Becthel for an upcoming episode. Bechtel vanished 15 years ago.
Investigation Discovery's episode on the Grady case remains under development by producers and staff.
"I asked them how they found out about it," said Kathy Kavanagh, who prosecuted the Grady case with then-Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell. "According to what they told me, they're saying they have researchers who essentially cruise the news and Internet, and somehow they found out about it that way."
Kavanagh said she spoke about the case with the producers on the telephone, and an interview by the visiting crew is set for early August.
"I think they were intrigued by the fact that the Honor Farm, essentially we recognize it's supposed to be a prison, but it doesn't have any walls," Kavanagh said.
"I think maybe the other thing that piqued their interest was how you figure out when you have hundreds of suspects, how do you figure out who the offender is?" she said. "They seemed stumped by how you would proceed that way."
Although Riverton Police Detective Sgt. Julie Mathews did not work the case at the time, staff with the show want to interview her during their visit.
Investigation Discovery describes the show "Nightmare Next Door" as one that "tells the tales of mysterious murders from behind white picket fences that rocked Middle America."
"Interviews with investigators, prosecutors, family members and/or neighbors piece together the twisting tale of a classic whodunit, and forensic experiments lead viewers into the heart of the investigation," according to the show's website.
For more information about the show and to see previous episodes, visit investigation.dis