Mark Gwyn of the TBI said “You can not have complete closure without an arrest. I hope the Berry family can now begin the healing process.” This investigation has been “Textbook with cooperation of Knox County Sheriffs Department, forensics and everyone involved, I congratulate everybody”
Knoxville FBI Special Agent Michael McLean informed the media that they were asked by the Knox County Sheriffs Department to assist in apprehending a fugitive. On “Friday September 21, 2007 Mr. Olson was taken into custody at the West Town Shopping Mall.”
Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols said “My thanks to all law enforcement. It is tiresome and frustrating work. The Knox County Grand Jury this morning returned a 7 count presentment on Taylor Olson.” He will soon appear before a Criminal Court Judge to be arraigned.
The Berry family spoke:
Mike said “All along our goal has been to put the person in jail that murdered our little girl.” He talked about the Johnia Berry bill that was passed by the Tennessee legislature and hoped that with the passage of the law that it would be easier for law enforcement. It has been a 33 – 35 month investigation. He thanked Sheriff Jones and the citizens of Knox County.
Joan Berry said “This is a good day. How thankful to God, I am for this day. I am thankful to you for your prayers. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.”
Sheriff Jones said “Law enforcement is a team effort. If any of our citizens are hurt or wronged. All of these people gathered here will hunt you down.”
Several questions were asked by the media. A few of them were.
Are you confident that he acted alone? The answer. Yes.
How long had he been identified? The answer. He has been a person of interest for 4 -5 months.
To the District Attorney General. Will this be a death penalty case? The answer. We will follow the law and the procedure to make that determination. That decision will be made at the appropriate time.