William Kenny, man accused in Greenwood's death, had long grudge against county
BAYTOWN, Texas – The man who police said is the suspect in the shooting death of Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood has a long history of documenting his dislike of law enforcement officials on his website.
In meticulous fashion, William Francis Kenny, 64, is believed to have posted every email, letter and recorded phone conversation he had with dozens of Harris County officials over the last five years. All of it posted on the website, www.fryroad.com.
Kenny's odyssey began on Valentine's Day 2012, when a relative of his ex-wife dialed 911 to report Kenny was acting in a threatening manner.
“My son in-law has gone nuts, he’s threatened me,” is heard on what is purported to be a 911 call posted on the website.
The responding deputy chalked up the incident to a domestic disturbance and Kenny was never charged with a crime. However, Kenny wrote he felt the Sheriff's Office got it wrong; he was the victim and was unjustly accused.
On the website, Kenny wrote, “Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) made some mistakes then broke the law to cover up these mistakes,” and, “Then broke the law and framed an innocent citizen.”
Kenny filed complaints with the Sheriff's Department's internal affairs division. When those went nowhere, Kenny began a year-long campaign to get help from the Harris County Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office -- even the Texas Attorney General's Office.
The only connection Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood appears to have had to Kenny was that he happened to be the head of internal affairs during this time. Online, Kenny complained Greenwood wouldn't talk with him and wrote in an August 2015 letter, “Major Greenwood is a legal criminal lacking basic ethics.”
"To take out his frustrations against somebody who is not even directly involved in the investigation is just outlandish," said former Sheriff Ron Hickman.
Hickman was in office when this was happening and Kenny emailed him too. Hickman tells KPRC he doesn't remember the email and said what is the most frightening part is that someone like Kenny would have been labeled a chronic complainer, not a threat.
"This is not one of those things that would have, you know, caught our eye to be on the lookout for," said Hickman.
Former Sheriff Adrian Garcia also sent KPRC a statement that reads, “It is disturbing to think that this person had focused on Asst. Chief Clint Greenwood for several years. Every day public servants work hard to do the best possible job for the citizens of our community, and Major Greenwood was definitely interested in doing the very best for our citizens on a daily basis. This case remains an incredible tragedy and I applaud the relentless efforts of all the law enforcement agencies in working around the clock to give Greenwood's family some closure, to the extent that is possible. This serves as a reminder that if we see/hear something, we must say something because we could be saving a life.”
The Sheriff’s Office declined to comment.
100 Club provides assistance to Greenwood's family
A $20,000 check will be given to Greenwood’s wife to help with immediate financial needs.
Additional financial support for the family will be made after an assessment of their needs is conducted. The average gift from the 100 Club to a dependent family is approximately $300,000.
Donations can be made online at the100club.org or sent to 100 Club Survivors Fund, 5555 San Felipe St., Suite 1750, Houston, TX, 77056.
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