Still, as bad as the tapes were, Mayhew said they don't show that he pulled the trigger. "They never did come up with anything that, any hardcore evidence, to attach or associate to me in the murder death of my father."
Mayhew has his own idea of who killed his father: Linda White's husband, Larry.
During Mayhew's civil trial, Gene Brown, one of his several supporters, said that White had threatened Mayhew's father several times and that the elder Mayhew was terrified of White. White denies that too, saying Mayhew and his friends are just trying to deflect blame.
"Maybe it was because we lived so close to him, you know, that they picked us," White said.
When Larry White learned that Chuck Mayhew had said to police that whoever killed his father knew what they were doing because they shot him in the jugular vein, he saw another string that tied Mayhew to the murder. White recalled that Mayhew always told him to shoot deer in the neck, because it killed them quicker.
Mayhew rebuffed the suggestion that the method of his father's slaying matched his own particular style of hunting.
Awaiting the Criminal Trial
Mandy Dealey said she feels ambivalent about her brother's fate. She said she took the civil jury's $26 million verdict as a "a very emphatic statement" about their feelings of her brother's guilt.
"I honestly don't know how I would feel about Chuck being tried and found innocent, based on lack of evidence. … On the other hand, I certainly don't want him to receive a death penalty." Asked what she feels her brother's motive could have been, Dealey said, "I think it had to do with power. I think it had to do with Chuck being able to have his way."
Mayhew, for his part, maintains his innocence. "I don't care if they take the money, if they get all of the money, but dear God, don't let them convict me. I didn't murder my father, I didn't kill him."
Mayhew said, "May my soul rot in hell if I'm lying. There are three people who know for a fact that I didn't kill my father. That's him, my heavenly father and me."