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He stopped Kelley mid-sentence. Cargo Hauled by Larry Pack. You know I didnt do this, he said he told the deputy. She used to find notes and letters from Jills old friends. But later he told the police that he was out driving around the parks at about eight in the evening; this inconsistency, among other details, had prompted Detective Ramon Salinas and Lieutenant Marvin Horton to briefly consider Franks a suspect. Though he didnt exactly recant, Douglas told them, I feel Joe Williams and Calvin Washington are being railroaded. They then spoke to WPD officer Mike Nicoletti, who gave a statement saying that on October 31 an inmate named Arthur Brandon had told him about a deal hed made: if he testified against Washington, Simons would drop a pending murder charge. Total Trucks: 3: Tractors Owned: 0: . (b) Criminal homicide is murder, capital murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide. Feeling buoyed, Schonemann and Schwartz, now joined by Ken Driggs, decided to again attack the only physical evidence against Spence: the bite marks. Schonemann visited Tony and Gilbert again. I killed them. Though he then apologized and said he was joking, Kelley felt certain he was not. Three years after her murder, Jills remains lay in an unadorned grave in a country cemetery just north of Waxahachie. Simonss exchanges with the Melendez brothers had never been revealed to Spences defense lawyers. Investigators in Texas identified a body found on Calder Road in League City on Feb. 2, 1986 as Audrey Lee Cook, who was believed to be about 30 years old at the time of her death. "I used to be a forest ranger where the girl was found," retired lawman Roger Don Holeman said recently. They had found Raylene and Jill. Simons turned his patrol car around and headed for Texas Highway 6 and the Twin Bridges that spanned Lake Waco. Why would it be destroyed? Brad told me. DAVIS. Honestly, I have not killed anyone. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Though he insisted he had been in Bryan painting apartments the day of the murders, he failed a polygraph, and jailhouse informants claimed theyd heard him say he was at Lake Waco. It was only after she had described the bracelet to police that it was found, she told Dannen. Almost five months after the final conviction in the lake murders, at around noon on March 2, 1986, Price got a call about a questionable death at a house on North Fifteenth Street. (He was acquitted of all charges in June 1987, and four years later his libel suit concluded with a jurys awarding him $58 million, the biggest libel verdict in U.S. They felt safe at the lake and largely insulated from the world that lay beyond the piney curtain of trees that surrounded it. Why should he confess? The lawyer told me, Youre going to kill your boy.), I was afraid to die, said Melendez. Hawkins: Created by David Karp. Learn more about Brooks Lake / Brookhaven Lake. One said the photos were of such poor quality that he refused to compare them against the molds. I suffered. If Id gone to trial, Id be dead. The trial judges postponed Spences execution to give the state time to respond, rescheduling the date for December 19. Though Price had been the police departments investigating officer, she wasnt called as a state witness. Blum felt strongly that it wasnt safe for Dannen to continue his reporting on the lake murders, at least not in Waco, and advised him to stay in New York. Even Feazell was won over. Lakehouse.com has 4 lake homes for sale on Brooks Lake / Brookhaven Lake. Dannen felt light-headed, as if he had vertigo. He had recently left his position at the New Yorker to work as a freelancer, and he thought Spence might be his next story. Either you believe in the system or you dont, he said. The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional. These kids, he felt sure, had been killed somewhere else. The former DA remained confident of Spences guilt and felt he had nothing to hide; he was even contemplating filing a libel suit against Pardo for maligning him in Capitol Watch. Had Frueh called Franks because he had seen Kenneth in trouble? 'We're not certain what the argument was about,' he said. His older brother, 16-year-old Daniel Hawkins, was killed in the Sunday night crash on Temescal . GUTIERREZ, Jessie In 2009, Portland police sent old evidence to the state crime lab to see if new DNA techniques might turn up any leads. Sr. Ronald James By the time she was a senior, her path in life was paved with optimism and opportunity. After so long, Thompson told me, and all the promises he made, I lost faith in him. Its immoral to go forward with this much doubt.. Mrs. Lane said. (Years later, Feazell would tell the Waco Tribune-Herald that the accusation that he had not disclosed exculpatory evidence was a total lie.), But Owen and Schonemann had bought themselves two more months, so they went out on the road again. It was her late niece's absolute favorite meal and the item most requested for family get-togethers. The two became fast allies. The defense tried its best. Now 24, Spence had become more and more unpredictable and violent. (Video: KATU2), The rise of consumer genetic tests has provided law enforcement with new tools that have the potential to break open cold cases. Yes, admitted Deeb; he often spent time at the Rainbow Drive Inn. HERNANDEZ. Include gps location with grave photos where possible. Investigators in Texas identified a body found on an oil field nera Calder Road in League City on Sept. 8, 1991 as Donna Prudhomme, who was believed to be about 34 years old at the time of her death. SKILLERN, Derrick J. Two years later, hed win a Texas Peace Officer of the Year award. Wileys willingness to meet with interested parties on matters of criminal justice should never be construed as support for, or against, a person or issue being discussed.) Dannen made a presentation, and UT gave him more funds, which he sent to FSA for another round of testing. Other evidence, meanwhile, had never been turned over to defense attorneys, including dozens of police reports that seemed to contradict the murder-for-hire theory. Hopper, the Portland detective, and her partner traveled to Texas to take more samples from McFaddens family members. The siblings not only shared a home but they both also worked at a nearby McDonalds, where Anna Marie Hlavka had gotten off a few hours earlier. "It seems like yesterday and always will," said Glyndia Lane, Suzanne's aunt. The shocking announcement of McFaddens role in a crime 2,000 miles away from his usual territory brought an unexpected end to Hlavkas mysterious killing. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). He was found guilty and ultimately executed by the state of Texas in 1999. In fact, she told Dannen, though she had felt immeasurable gratitude to Simons and was convinced Spence was a low-life, she had harbored doubts about the case from the beginning. I wish you could get the rage from your hearts and you could see the truth and get rid of the hatred., Brad was having none of it. How that might happen remains to be seen. Did he know a man named Chili? Melendez had been suffering from multiple maladies, including bone cancer and kidney failure. The interview went smoothly, so the two were surprised when, as they got up to leave, the conversation took a turn. But the case went nowhere. The acrimony was about to get even worse. He wore a pair of half-tinted aviator glasses, which were slightly cocked on his face. Some reports noted that several people had seen Tab Harper, one of the polices early suspects, at Koehne Park the night of the murders; witnesses also said he had bragged about killing three people. The nonprofits executive director scrambled to find a firm to represent him, but no one wanted to defend a man whod twice been convicted of butchering three teenagers. Their journey was not so much about tanning, but about meeting up with a friend, Bryan Boone, 19, and taking a slow cruise around the water's edge. I was with my uncle and my cousins in Bryan, painting apartments, he told me. He would work like a bird dog, around the clock, he recalled. The case was quickly assigned to WPD lieutenant Marvin Horton, who headed up a special investigative force of seven full-time officers. For the first time in years, Thompson felt calm. Spence claimed hed had nothing to do with the murders, but Simons bided his time, talking to other inmates and coming to the jail outside work hours. A system error has occurred. Her boyfriend, Chico Fierro, pleaded guilty to a murder . Feazell, who had followed the trial from Austin, where he now worked as a private attorney, was also taken aback. The cases of slow-talking West Virginia attorney Billy Jim Hawkins. Resend Activation Email. It wasnt right., But does that mean Spence was innocent? HAWKINS - Glyndia Lane of Hawkins can't make broccoli, cheese and rice casserole without feeling a sharp pang of sadness. He was especially struck by one detail: after Spences second trial, Dannen told them, Carlton Stowers, the author of Careless Whispers, had bought Gilberts truck and towed it to Simonss property. Southern Gothic documents the 1986 murder, McFaddens escape from the Upshur County Jail, and the manhunt that followed through interviews re-enactments of the crime. It continues to be a landmark cold case for me from a scientific perspective, that we can get a profile from evidence that is so, so old.. They also sought out Spences former attorney Walter Reaves, who was now representing another death row inmate with innocence claimsCameron Todd Willinghamand Raoul Schonemann, who was still doing work for the Capital Punishment Clinic in Austin and representing death row inmates. But he hadnt felt any violence at Speegleville. But the laws of that time weren't bent in favor of victims. But my two children suffered too. In the hours after Hlavkas sister found her body, Portland detectives combed the neighborhood for witnesses. She soon learned that the man nicknamed Animal was among Texass most infamous killers. She regularly communicated with her parents via letters and phone calls and when they hadn't heard from her in a while, they traveled to Houston to search for her, Bluffington said. Make sure that the file is a photo. As the trials for Spences accomplices approached, the discovery seemed to be a sweet validation of all his work. Dannen bought a Chevy Blazer and took driving lessons, tracking down sources who had never spoken to authorities or who had documents related to the case.