I know that most everyone has heard about my friend Tina. She was a sweet, spunky, southern girl. She was a great story teller, an amazing mother to her 5 kids and an awesome friend. I could always count on her for a laugh or a bit of good advice during a hard time. Then one day out of no where, I got the phone call- she was dead- murdered by her own husband.
It was a shock . Not only did we grieve for the loss of Tina, but the friendship of her husband, and the pain her children were going through. As details came out we discovered the painful secrets that had tortured her family for years. This was December, 2006. His trial was supposed to begin today. We learned Friday that the DA in Nacogdoches ( who was defeated in her bid for re-election) had reached a plea agreement with his attorney without consulting the family. He would admit to killing Tina and get a 35 year sentence- to only serve 15. The charges of child molestation and abandonment would be dropped entirely. He would be a free man and not be required to register as a sex-offender. When he gets out of prison he can re-marry and commit the same disgusting acts all over again. I just feel so angry for her children. They are like their mother- strong willed, smart and responsible. They had their bags packed and were looking forward to confronting the man who stole their innocence and their beloved mother. They will never get that chance. Their dreams are haunted by the possibility that he will destroy the little peace they have recovered in the last 16 months. Her parents are asking everyone who feels cheated by this lazy DA to read the story and leave their comments on the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel website at http://www.dailysentinel.com/. There is something wrong with a person who seeks 99 years for a cat killer, and is content to send a molester/abuser/killer away for 15. Makes me sick!
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