'No way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill'

'No way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill'

EUGENE, Ore. - Convicted double murder Johan Gillette's brother James - named for their father, one of Johan's victims - said his brother's trial was a case of "cold hard facts."

Absent from the proceedings: the true story of who his father and his brother were.

"My dad had a violent and explosive nature," he said, "and my brother was a non-violent person."

The most important evidence in this case was the character testimony, James said.

He believes the prosecution focused too much on the evidence and ignored the voices of those who knew the two men best.

"There is absolutely no way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill or even to harm anyone," James said. "That was never part of his nature. It never has been, and we've never seen an example of that in 36 years."

James said the trial was unfair from the beginning when a possible lesser charge was left out.

"I believe that those charges could have included in the spectrum manslaughter and given the jury the chance to evaluate things from a fair and unbiased perspective," he said.

He said having the death penalty on the table shaped the case in favor of the prosecution.

"It tainted every single decision at every point in the process that was made in the trial," James said. "I think it was used in leverage by the prosecution, unfairly and unjustly so."

James said there's no doubt that the deaths of his father and Anne McLucas were tragic.

But he truly believes his brother's deadly actions started in self defense.