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|Gary Thomas will never forget the letter he received in early 2000. It was from John Joe Gray, a suspect in a felony assault case, offering a not-so-subtle warning to the area's chief criminal investigator: He had no intention of answering charges that he had attacked a state trooper. 'What he said was this:
'If y'all come to get me, bring body bags,' ' said Thomas, now a local justice of the peace.