Grand jury clears private investigator

February 26, 1987

The Prescott Courier
United Press International

TUCSON — A private investigator once considered for an appointment by Gov. Evan Mecham has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Pima County grand jury.

The jury, after hearing evidence from an investigation by the state Department of Public Safety, returned a “no bill” for William Heuisler. The case center around charges that Heuisler had failed to list some arrests and convictions on his application for a state iinvdestigator’s licenses.

Heuisler said he was “relieved” by the action, but knew all along that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing.

He charged that there had been a “personal vendetta” against him by people who wanted to “silence” him. However, Heuisler said he did not know who was b behind the investigation.

Heuisler, who worked for Mecham inn last fall’s campaign, had been considered by Mecham for appointment to a job that would allow Heuisler to check for waste and corruption in government. Heuisler withdrew his name last month after the DPS investigation began.

Mecham said the grand jury’s action supported his faith in Heuisler.

“I’ve said time and again that I’ve seen no evidence that Bill Heuisler is a criminal,” the governor said in a statement. “This would confirm my feelings are correct.”

Ron Bellus, a spokesman for Mecham, said the governor had no plans to appoint Heuisler to any position.

Attorney General Bob Corbin, whose office presented the case to the grand jury, said the panel’s decision not to indict Heuisler was “no big deal.” He said he knew the case was a “close call” and decided to let a grand jury make the final decision.

Julie Patterson, a spokeswoman in Corbin’s office, said a “no bill” could mean there was not a unanimous vote for indictment or tat the grand jury thought there was insufficient evidence to bring charges. Another possibility, she said, was that the jury members thought the allegations were not serious enough for criminal charges.

Heuisler said he could not understand why he was investigated for alleged actions that occurred several years ago.

The DPS probe started after news reports revealed that Heuisler had not listed all of his previous arrests or convictions when he applied for a license in 1974 or when he renewed it.

Under state law, applicants for a private investigator’s license must list all arrests and convictions when they submit an application to DPS.

Heuisler’s current license expires Saturday, and when he filed for renewal Feb. 12, he listed 13 incidents in which he was arrested or charged. In some cases, the charges were dropped.

Heuisler said now that the state investigation is completed, he will continue to work to “clear” his name, including reviewing his military records. There have been news reports that Heuisler faced two courts martial while he was in the Navy, but Heuisler said he can recall only one.

He said he has submitted a request for his military records but has not yet received them.

Heuisaler said he was not interested in accepting a state job t this time and would continue his work as a private investigator. He said he is investigating some matters dealing with state business under contracts with private individuals. He did not elaborate.