KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Katie and Chris Granju say they were furious after reading controversial emails written by a Knox County Assistant District Attorney investigating the death of their 18-year-old son, Henry.
Volunteer TV obtained excerpts of the emails, and agreed to withhold the author's identity after Ms. Granju expressed fear of retaliation.
In one email, the assitant prosecutor says, "maybe he didn't care if he died. I think this kid had serious mental health issues apart from his drug addiction."
"I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it," said Ms. Granju.
In another email it is written, "I will try to do what I can to help these people, but they are really traveling down the wrong road. I can't imagine their son would want them to go through this futile process."
And in what Ms. Granju calls the most shocking of all emails, "tell Ms. Katie to shut up ...She blogged a not-so-veiled threat after our meeting. Someone should tell her to focus on the remaining children she still has at home - I imagine they are pretty weary of Henry's issues at this point."
A spokesman issued a statement on behalf of Knox DA Randy Nichols, who's traveling in Nashville, saying, "these emails were in no way referring to the need to investigate the case. They were referring to misleading information getting out that we felt could interfere with the investigation. There was nothing improper about what she said in the context of one lawyer to another lawyer."
Said Mr. Granju, "I don't believe that someone who showed the prejudice that was exhibited in those emails is able to work on a case like that without prejudice."
Ms. Granju says she held onto the emails for eight months hoping for justice for her son.
Gill says the investigation into Henry's death remains open.