UPDATED 9.28.2012 by Julie Montanaro
The family of murdered mother Sunday Blombergh spent two hours in jail Thursday night.
They were arrested for trespassing when they went to pay respects at the spot where here body was found.
We spoke with them in Tallahassee today.
The Blomberghs spent two and a half hours in a holding cell at the Colquitt Jail Thursday night.
They were arrested for trespassing on private property off Vickers Bridge Road. It's the property where Sunday Blombergh's body was found back in May of 2010.
"We have nothing but respect for that land. That's her final resting place... that is where she was. We just wanted closure. We wanted to say our goodbyes," said Blombergh's sister Sunshine. "We were there out of love and out of respect, out of absolute respect is why we were there. So, I am shocked that it's criminal."
The family stopped there just hours after a Tift County jury found mother in law Ruby Evans guilty of Sunday Blombergh's murder. Evans and her husband are now serving life sentences for it.
Blombergh's mother, sister, brother and more went to pay their respects and noticed the tree they planted in her memory had become overgrown with bushes and saplings and they used a chainsaw to clear them out.
The property owner, attorney Brent Hyde, showed up at the scene and demanded the family be arrested.
"The deputy tried to talk with Mr. Hyde to explain what was going on and he still decided to prosecute," said Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington. "I mean, bottom line, Mr. Hyde owns that property and that's his call."
"When I tried to explain to him why we were there and that I'd pay for the trees and he didn't want to hear it. He was just telling me how lucky I was that he even allowed that tree to be there," Sunday's mother Deborah Blomberg said fighting back sobs.
The Blomberghs were fingerprinted, photographed and ordered to show up in court to face misdemeanor trespassing charges in November.
"When we left the courtroom I just really thought we had reached that turning point and that we would be moving toward that healing and last night, getting out of jail, all the way to town, I just thought and said repeatedly, I cannot believe this has happened."
We did try to reach property owner Brent Hyde for comment today, but have not yet heard back from him.
9.28.2012 by Julie Montanaro
The Colquitt County Sheriff confirms that six members of Sunday Blombergh's family were arrested for trespassing off Vickers Bridge Road Thursday night.
They went to visit the spot where Blombergh's body was found. They planted a tree to mark the spot and family members tell us they were trying clear overgrown brush from around the tree when deputies arrived.
The arrests come just hours after a jury found Ruby Evans, Blombergh's mother in law, guilty in her murder. She was sentenced to life in prison. Evans' husband is serving a life sentence in Blombergh's murder too.
Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington confirms the property owner called and asked to have the family members arrested for trespassing. Whittington says the family members followed deputies down to the jail, where they were booked on charges of misdemeanor tresspassing and released.
"It's his property and they were trespassing and he wanted to prosecute," Whittington said. "We have a job to do, but sometimes I wonder," the sheriff said. "Under the circumstances, I wish he was a little more understanding."
The sheriff says the property owner has had trouble with folks trespassing on his land in the past. Hunters toss carcasses there and some people four-wheel there without permission, he said.
September 27, 2012
Six members of the Blombergh family were arrested for trespassing.
Family members tell us, that a group of them, which included Sunday Blombergh's brother and sister went to pay their respects to the location where Sunday's body was found.
That's where they were arrested.
Just a few minutes ago a source within the family told WCTV that all six of those family members are now out of jail.