Pedersen pens letter, says he wants to 'get our story out'

Pedersen pens letter, says he wants to 'get our story out'
David Pedersen, right, is shown on a video monitor with his attorneys, Donald Wackerman, left, and Gil Levy, center, as he appears in court via a video link to the Snohomish County Jail, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Accused murderer David Joey Pedersen has sent a hand-written letter to a Portland TV station in response to a request for an interview.

KATU News reporter Meghan Kalkstein spoke to Pedersen by phone shortly after his arrest on Oct. 11. She wrote a formal request for an interview a day later.

Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly A. Grigsby, have been charged in the deaths of Pedersen's father, David "Red" Pedersen, and his wife, Leslie Pedersen, in Everett, Wash. They are also suspected of killing Cody Myers near Philomath, Ore., and Reginald Alan Clark in Eureka, Calif. The two were arrested outside Yuba City, Calif. on Oct. 6.

In the neatly-printed hand-written letter just over a page in length and dated Oct. 16, Pedersen said he wanted any interview remarks he made taken in context, or he would grant no future interviews. He wants to "get our story out," he added. (Read letter: Page 1 I Page 2)

While the letter does not in any way address his alleged involvement in the four murders across Oregon and California, it does leave open the possibility of an interview where he might address the killing spree.

"I will say that I have serious concerns when it comes to speaking with the media," Pedersen wrote, explaining that he believes the media is only interested in the "sensationalistic aspects" of the story "rather than things truly newsworthy." He does not elaborate on what he considers to be newsworthy aspects of the crime spree that left four people dead.

Pedersen said he would be willing to answer questions in a joint interview with Grigsby, but said he wasn't sure whether officials at the jail would allow it.

He asked that he and Grigsby be compensated $100 each for the interview so that they can buy things such as deodorant, soap, envelopes, calling cards and other small items from the commissary. He said he understands it is not ethical to pay for interviews, but said he and Grigsby "are in a bit of a tight spot."

Pedersen says he and Grigsby are being kept "in cages" and that he will try to contact KATU News after he and Grigsby are moved to a facility in Washington.

Pedersen and Grigsby were moved to a facility in Snohomish two days ago.

KATU News is working to set up an interview with Pedersen. No date has been set and law enforcement approval has yet to be granted.