Shortly after Debra, JIM STYERS, and ROGER SCOTT were arrested, STYERS began to write to Debra in jail. She asked the defense investigator, KIRK FOWLER, for advice whether to respond to JIM. FOWLER suggested that she reply to STYERS' in order to find out from him the true events which surrounded the murder of CHRISTOPHER. Debra provided her defense attorney, KENNETH RAY, with these letters. Later on, as a part of the available records, the prosecution tried to use these letters, but Judge Hendrix ruled that effort out. Still, many people cite these letters as 'evidence' for guilt and even former Phoenix Police Detective ARMANDO SALDATE claimed to Debra's sister SANDY PICKINPAUGH: "And Jim is responding to her as if she didn't know what was happening. In reading these letters you can see it is a setup." And he continued: "... one of the letters we don't have she's telling him a couple of things like (inaudible) - when we get out of here - when I get out here we could be together ..." which is rather amusing, to discuss the contents of a letter that he didn't have - SALDATE was using 'evidence' that didn't even exist to make Debra look guilty to her family and everyone else. SALDATE referred to it as some sort of a "secret language", which is has nowhere been corroborated in any way whatsoever.
Anyhow, these letters are no big secret and they shouldn't be - therefore we publish them here on this website for our visitors to read. If anyone wants to see a hint of anything in them, so be it. Other than that, the plain content of these letters from JIM STYERS emphasized what could be established with the analysis of the many legal documents already available: Debra was arrested and put into prison without any evidence linking her to the murder of her son. By writing to JIM she intended to find out what had happened, and it's hardly believable that non-proof could be twisted and become proof. The letters displayed on this page are all which are still available. The two letters which Debra wrote are the only ones she sent through her defense team, which copied them for the file. Unfortunately, other than these, no other letters are available in the entire file. The correspondence between the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the office of the public defender indicated that JIM STYERS destroyed all the other letters, after he had learned that Debra forwarded his mail to her attorney KEN RAY.
Debra I lost a friend with Roger. I can't believe what has gone on, what he did and the lies he's telling, well talk about that when we get out of this mess. I pray that you will forgive me for bringing him into your life.
I had a dream last night that you would consider a night-mare but I consider it the best dream I have ever had.
Anyway Debbie I need to know more now than any other time that you are still a friend. I have to stop now, I hope you will write back to me.
Love you, Jim"
How are you doing and forgive me for not asking in the 1st letter but I wasn't thinking clearly when I wrote it. Hell Im having a hard time now between crying and feeling so bad.
I found out something tonite that I have to work with. And that is that I love you more than I thought I did. I know I will never have you as a lover I can live with that but losing you as a friend would hurt me more than I can take.
How are things going with you and your lawer (sic). My lawer (sic) hell I've talked to my lawer (sic) 2 times since this got going (?). We are not to talk about this mess anyway so I better stop.
I got a pretrial conference and filing on Jan. 22 at 8:45 a.m.. And my trial is on March 5 at 10:30 a.m. I'm told by some people that the dates will change! How about you?
(Please forgive me my spelling and I don't have a dictionary in hear (sic).)
Going to stop now and I pray this will be over soon.
Love you, Jim
P.S.: I hope you got my 1st letter. I haven't got it back."
I know about your family and what they did. I'm sorry but there is nothing I can do about that except to say I will never do that to you. But I feel like you are doing that to me, I hope I'm wrong?
Debbie, hears (sic) my address again so please write.
Jim Styers #169XXX
Please write, love you, Jim"
01/04/1990 (Debra's reply):
Debbie - I'm totally confused myself. They want my life for this and I didn't do anything. Roger did it and he's still trying to do the two of us in. I pray to God that this will end soon and that you and I can try to rebuild are (sic) lives and I pray that we will stay friends through it all.
I have to stop I'm getting upset. And I thought your family would have been different for something so important. I'm sorry I was wrong.
01/18/1990 (Debra's reply):
My son is gone and I'll never see him again! Ever! I don't even know if Christopher suffered. Did he know what was going to happen to him? Did he scream for me? Can you imagine how I must feel? What if it was Wendy?
Please Jim - Christopher was my child! All I want to know is why! Anything you can tell me would help ease my pain. I am still your friend Jim. There is a reason for everything that happens and maybe you can help me. Have you had any contact with Roger? If so, what does he tell you? I really need to know Jim, I can't sleep at night and I have nightmares. My life will never be the same again without my son. Please write back and tell me everything you know. I just want this to be over.
Roger was in court today also. He tryed (sic) to get a new lawer but the judge said no. My lawer tells me that the best Roger can get if he is lucky is life. With life you become eligible for parole in 25 years.
Debbie, did you have money on the books? Let me know I want to try to put some _________.
Debbie do you think that I did this. Because I did not. I could never do anything to Christopher or to you. Roger did it behind my back.
I miss my family, Wendi the most, and friends. I miss Christopher and Wendi and I playing and taking and picking you up at work. I have to stop now I'm getting upset.
Please write, love you, Jim"
About my checks no I don't get them here I don't need the tank (sic)(should read "bank") order for your money. Im (sic) just having money put on the books for you just like for me. I'm sorry I can't go $100 right now my checks are being stoped (sic) and I just don't have the money right now for that much. If I did you know you would have it.
About Roger I want nothing to do with him. All I know about him is what my laywer (sic) tells me. Bay (sic) the way he's not only doing this to you but he's doing this to me too.
Hear (sic) is what went on on that Sat. We picked up Roger got his prescription and Chris said he wanted something to eat. So thats when we got pizza and decided that we would get Wendi and you and go to the mall and look at Lights that night. Roger wanted to go out that night and I said no we were going to do something with the kids. To pass time until I good (sic) get Wendi we went out to watch the gliders and snakes. Chris thought that was a good idea. We where out there for awile and I said it was time to go. Chris was right behind me Roger behind him. I thought the gun was in the car I said no shooting with Christopher along.
Love you. Jim"
Did you get any help out of what I wrote in the last letter? I don't want to write about it in this letter. I'm going to stop now, one more thing. Sherri is going to write to you. I told her your (sic) going to need close (sic) for court so she is going to help, if that's alright with you.
Miss you and love you, Jim"
I'm very glad you get good counseling I wish I had _____________ . I talked to Dr. Pott________________ about 10 minutes one time and that's about it. I've got a tank (?) order in to see him some more.
I'm sorry about your family, but you still have me. I don't know if you think that's good or bad but it's true.
Did you get the money yet? $125 was sent to be put on the books for you. Let me know because if you haven't got it yet I need to find out where it is. My checks stoped (sic) because I didn't make it to the V.A. counseling.
My family knows that I didn't do anything and they back me all the way.
So Sandy's pregnant I hope it helps them and not hurt them. Have you got there (sic) address taht you can let me have. Yes I remember Keith next time you see him tell him I said hello.
I don't know what I will do when this is over for sure. I was thinking about getting out of Arizona but I'm not going anywhere until your trial is down (sic) and your (sic) out.
When is your trial? I don't know when mine is. I don't know if it will be in Prescott that's where my lawyer wants to go for it.
Your right about the apartment it was John + Paton. Mike we know they did but the law won't do anything because I'm incarcerated.
I'v (sic) got hold of Gail but she won't tell me about Wendi.
Love you, Jim"
Yes I remember the night Mark was 2 hours late. But I don't remember anything about it.
Honey, I hope you don't thing (sic) I'm lying to you, because you would be the last person I would lie to.
Now about Roger and his motive. I don't know for sure but I've been thinking about it. I think he done it out of jealousy that I was doing things with you and the kids and not going out with him. That he decided to get Chris to get at you and me. I think that if Wendi would have been there he would have done her in to (sic). He knows that would hurt us more than anything else he could _________ . He got us imuded (? - included?) to hurt us evean (sic) more. And to get him out of trouble for doing it himself.
After it happened with Roger and Chris I was in shock and scared and didn't know what to do. So I made a mistake out of fear and stupidity and want (sic) to the mall called you and you know the rest now I got to live with this mistake. I offer and hope you will accept my Apology for being so stupid and in sock (sic). I didn't mean to disappoint you but I was in shock myself and didn't know what I was doing. If you want to stay angry at me for it I understand because I angry with myself.
And I'm not trying to keep things from you it's that sometimes I don't know what to say.
This is a hard letter to write because I'm thinking about Chris and it hurts.
I just talked to my neice (sic) about the money she going to send out more in the morning $125 to you and $100 to me.
The dog on the envelope was done by a man in hear (sic) with me.
Love you, Jim
P.S.: go to court on the 20th will let you know what happens"
About your confession when you got arrested talk to your lawer (sic) about it. When your (sic) hysterical and in shock it's not allowable in court.
I hate Roger to (sic) in fact, I don't know what words that would be bad enough to use to say what I think of him.
Your benefits booklet is probably how he got his information but I never saw him look at it. I told him no for the $250 also. He needed it for his social security lawer.
I went to another pretrial on the 20th but the only thing that happend out of it was it was postponed till March 5th. One think (sic) that keeps me going is you writing me as a matter of fact you and your letters are the main thing that keeps me going. When this gets over and we get out I hope and pray that we will still be close.
Im (sic) sorry about you being in jail for your birthday yes it does suck. And I think it sucks about Carmen and Ernie. I agree you don't need friends like that. I don't know when I go to trial but im (sic) ready. I want to get this done and over with. My lawyer is coming to see me next week I hope he can tell me something. My lawyer and yours, "Ken Ray" are working together. Yes I would like to see both of us testify at Rogers (sic) trial. I got extra charges too. It is crazy. Im glad you are getting along ok with the people over there Im___________
Love You. Jim"
I thought Mark and Roger had something going together for some time but don't know how to prove it. With the grace of God Mark might prove it himself. Yes I remember that day we went to court and the remark that you wasn't worth killing to get Chris. I think they believe you and I will take most all the punishment and Roger will get a little and they will be scott free. It's very possible that the house fire was done by Mark. I agree with you that Mark is digging his own grave. About the gun. I got the gun for Roger you saw it at our house. I took it that Sat to give it to him but when Chris and I got to his house he was in the outside and ready to go. So he didn't put the gun in the house. Roger needed to go to the 2 Drugstores than (sic) he wanted to spend the afternoon doing something. Chris and I were going to go to the mall but I ________________ Roger off and pick up Wendi and you and go to the mall that afternoon after 2 o'clock.
Im (sic) going crazy in hear (sic) we got 3 Homo's that are trying to be females long hair and nails lipstick and they try to sound like women. Each one as a boyfriend with more wanting them in here it's sick.
I haven't got in to Rule 11 yet that's what's holding up my court they won't get it going. Now I have to go to my 3rd pretrial on April 2. How about you what your next court time or don't you know. Thank you for telling me about the Rule 11.
I glad your (sic) going to Bible study and reading the Bible I go on Thurs nights and it helps. I'm also doing a Bible study by mail to (sic). Thank you for praying for me I need it. Yes Honey, I think we'll both make it. And I to feel like I've been f____ royally without a kiss also.
I'm not 100% sure about Mark involved but I think he should be a suspect. What do you mean when you say, "But we will see soon?" Something going on that I don't know about?
Keep the Faith, Love you, Jim"
It will be nice when the day comes get on T.V. to tell the truth about all this, and finally but (sic) Chris to rest with the news.
Roger confessed to a man named Robert Johnson I told my Lawyers Secretary. = can't get my Lawyer to tell him. Your Lawyer can get it from my lawyer. No one else is willing to talk in court.
About names of people from my church. I will have to get a List of character witness. Your lawyer can talk to my Lawyer and the two of them can get the names of the people they interview. I will get a list and send it to you."
The only thing they got on me is one of the letters I wrote you. The one telling them what happened out there. Then all that tells them is that I was there.
Im a little scared of this whole damn thing but I think we will make it through. My lawyer still as got my trial out of the city yet but he's still trying. He's put in for it 3 times but they haven't said yes or no. My lawyer thinks that you might be using me to cover yourself to keep you from going to jail. He thinks you are covering yourself with my letters. I don't think you are. I think you just want to know what happened. Honey the gun belong to Roger I had given it to him that morning and I thought he left in the car. I don't know anything about them finding any bullet casings. I don't know anything about what Roger did with them. I had an old pair of tennis shoes in the car but they had nothing to do with anything and I thought they where still in the car. Well it's time for bed and they are going to shut us down so I will stop writing for now. I want a Pepsi too. Love you, Jim"
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