Watch what you say

Eli Stephens elishastephens at
Tue Jul 8 23:05:22 MDT 2003 can get you killed.

Two weeks ago, in Palm Beach:

It began as an unremarkable Sunday night at Margarita's. Three customers
drank at the small Lake Worth bar while the manager sat watching television
updates on the fourth day of the Iraq war.

The conversation naturally turned to the war. Former U.S. Marine Ronald
Mellor, who had been downing Smirnoff vodka and tonics, sparked the
discussion by talking about the possible execution of American prisoners of

Within a half-hour, bar manager John Komyakevich's bullet-riddled body lay
near Margarita's back door. Witnesses said Mellor, 61, killed him after
becoming upset with the Russian immigrant's comments on the war.


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