Dr Oz: Gary Smith Interview
After sharing his incredible story, Dr Oz welcomed Gary Smith for his very first television interview. Dr Oz got right to it and asked if he killed Michael McQueen, to which he said “absolutely not.” Gary explained that he originally said during the interrogation that he wasn’t home, until he heard they had found the gun shot residue and realized that would help them know what really happened. He then told them what really happened. He said it was a mixture of the emotions and panic as well as the marijuana and alcohol, that led him to make poor choices.
As for the weapon, Gary explained that he gave his gun to Michael that night. He sat it down next to him.
Gary added that he wanted to use a test like the FMRI so that he do whatever it took to prove that he didn’t kill his friend, because he loved him and would never hurt him. Gary’s mom Rosemary was in the audience. Rosemary explained that it’s wonderful to have her son home, but it’s been a long nine years. She never once doubted her son’s innocence.
Dr Oz then explained that the plea deal Gary took allowed him to be there, but it didn’t exonerate him of the crime. Gary stated that it was hard, but he wanted to move on with his life. He didn’t want to put both families through a third trial, and upon taking the advice of several people, he agreed to the plea deal.
Dr Oz: What Really Happened The Night Michael McQueen Died
Dr Oz then asked Gary about the truth, with no strings attached. Gary explained that what really happened, is that on that night, after smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, he made the decision to give a loaded gun to his friend. As a result of that, he died. As for why Michael did it, he still doesn’t know, but believes maybe he was just playing around with the gun. He didn’t see him pull the trigger, because he was in the hallway walking back from the bathroom inside his bedroom. Then he came around the corner and realized what had happened and began making poor decisions.
Dr Oz: Michael McQueen’s Mom Speaks Out
As for what Gary has to say to Michael’s mother, he said he was sorry for her loss and stated that he didn’t kill him. He hopes that she can find peace, and acknowledged that Michael was a great guy who he loved with all his heart. Rosemary said her heart breaks for Michael’s mom and she also hopes that she finds peace.
Dr Oz reached out to Glenda McQueen, who didn’t want to be on the show, but sent a taped statement for Dr Oz to play. He shared part of that statement, in which Glenda described Michael as kind with a lot of friends. Glenda pointed out that although Gary called himself a friend of Michael’s, when he found Michael’s body, he took the gun and threw it in a lake and threw the bullets away as well, instead of calling 911.
She also stated “we will never know why he killed Michael” which led everyone to believe that she still believed her son was murdered. She said no machine could prove Gary was telling the truth after he was found guilty twice. She called Gary a pathological liar, saying that his family has been able to financially support his case, giving him some of the best lawyers in the state. She thinks he lied well enough to get past the machine, and said the technology shouldn’t be used to help people be acquitted of a crime.
Dr Oz: What Is Gary Smith Doing Now?
Gary admitted that her statement hurt, but said it was coming from a place of pain. He acknowledged that he failed Michael by giving him the gun, and wished that he could somehow prove to her that he didn’t kill her son. Gary is now going to school and working, saying that his life is now going well. Gary’s mom stated that she will continue to support her son, never giving up on him.
Where do you stand after hearing Gary’s story? Do you believe he murdered his roommate? Do you think the FMRI should be used as part of the legal system? How did you feel about Glenda McQueen’s statement?