Johnson vows to weed out loser cases, prosecute the assaultive

Waco – Which lever do you pull, which button to push when it comes to ridding a jurisdiction of a DA bent on criminally negligent practice?

Barry Johnson, a hometown barrister Texas “Monthly” labeled one of the state’s “super lawyers,” says he’s willing to answer the question, but it will take time, thought, intensive study.

After all, the situation is very rare.

But he’s got news for the motorcycle enthusiasts targeted by the Twin Peaks prosecutors and their boss, elected DA Abel Reyna.

“If elected, job one will be to assemble a staff of experts on probable cause, indictments, discovery – every aspect of criminal litigation. We will work to evaluate every single charge.

“The goal will be to eliminate the cases with no valid basis in fact.”

The way he says it, it makes one believe he means it.

He points to the 100 civil rights cases filed in Austin’s U.S. District Courts, the pending 154 criminal cases awaiting trial by jury, the face that the taxpayers ultimately will be left holding the bag to indemnify Abel Reyna, a man he says “made a horrible mistake” when he became a witness in each and every one of the indictments.

“That nullifies his ability to serve as prosecutor.”

It was Reyna’s decision to stop the police investigation and have a detective with no personal knowledge of the 177 “fill-in-the-blank” affidavits that do not cover the essential elements of a charge.

He recites the well-known “four corners” of the instrument prepared for a Magistrate’s signature in any criminal proceeding. 1) Venue and date, on or about; 2) name of the accused; 3) probable cause; 4) elements of the offense.

The affidavits presented to the Grand Jurors who indicted Twin Peaks defendants lack the elements of probable cause and the elements of the offense.

That is something that can be straightened out.

“Reyna has too much of a vested interest,” he declared.

Furthermore, a Court Of Inquiry scheduled for a future date to determine if Manuel Chavez engaged in perjury when he signed the affidavits and if Abel Reyna committed aggravated perjury “is probably the best way” to handle it.  When Reyna lied on the witness stand about the admonishment he claimed he gave Chavez to familiarize himself thoroughly with all the elements of the alleged offenses he committed a felony crime; Chavez committed a misdemeanor when he signed an oath stating he has personal knowledge of the offenses, something he later recanted.

When recalled to the witness stand, Chavez later denied any such conversation took place.

For starters, that’s his best thinking on how the mechanisms of the law will work to remove Reyna from the legal scene as anything other than a defendant.

In mentioning it, he praised Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden, who has successfully petitioned a Dallas District Judge for the inquiry on behalf of his client.

As to describing other means, he has to work on it.

“But there is one way the voters can act and get Reyna out of there,” he said. “Vote him out.”

We look forward to his video statement explaining the various legal procedures available. That one will take time.

We have plenty of that.

So mote it be.

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Waco Matron’s Deal For 6 Month Jail Term – 3 DWI’s

Sherre Johnston (r) on a happier day in the Cayman Islands

Waco – County Court-At-Law Judge Vikram Deivanayagam waited a solid hour before he called the case against the fashionable matron charged with three DWI’s.

Sherre Johnston is charged in District Court with a felony burglary of a building at the home place of Sheriff Parnell McNamara; a number of other charges are pending in Williamson County, including possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully carrying a firearm, and more drunk driving charges.

She is the wife of the former Waco Fire Department Chief Jon Johnston, who now commands a station as an Assistant Fire Chief.

Former private investigator Truman Simon, once her supervisor at the Vic Feazell law firm, escorted her to court, and Mrs. Johnston signed documents for the probation clerk prior to her pre-trial hearing, as directed by her attorney, Ray Black.

The judge agreed to discuss the plea bargain arranged with prosecutors before taking up punishment at a later date.

He asked if she knows her license will be affected by the simultaneous guilty pleas to three counts of the same offense, and that to operate her vehicle, she will likely be required to have a breath-lock installed.

Then came the $64 question. Is the proffer of 180 days in jail on each of the counts to be served concurrently correct – and acceptable to her?

She said yes.

The judge accepted her pleas of guilt and set a hearing to take up punishment on January 4.


A small, die-hard gallery lingered to the end, waiting to learn what the pre-trial hearing would yield.

Private Investigator Kevin Fisk looked on with interest. He is a former arson investigator whose resignation was forced by Police and Fire Department officials after he prepared a case he sought in which he sought review in the Internal Affairs Department.

Jeff Thompson said, “I’ve got a file 2 inches thick with what she did to my Family and I.” He, too, made a point of waiting out the plea bargaining session.

Bernie Feazell, who writes a blog about the Lake Waco Triple Murders and other affairs under the pseudonym Harry Storm, said she is preparing to protest the acceptance of the pleas to misdemeanor offenses as a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving.)

“I asked one of the prosecutors, ‘What is wrong with you people? What is wrong with (District Attorney) Abel Reyna,'” she said in a post-hearing interview.  “‘You know three of those charges is a felony.”

“She (the prosecutor) told me there are mitigating circumstances,” said Ms. Feazell.

She is the ex-wife of Vic Feazell, former DA of McLennan County.



Waco – Deputies arrested a couple accused of engaging in organized criminal activity and human trafficking in a Department of Homeland Security sting operation at a Castle Heights professional building that has for decades been used for court-ordered behavior modification programs.

A veteran deputy of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office faced arrest among 150 men charged with b-grade misdemeanor prostitution charges. Steven Johnson, a distant cousin of Sheriff Parnell McNamara resigned following his arrest. He has lately been working a security detail at the Courthouse. Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records show he resigned from his position as a Deputy.

The building, which belongs to Texas Star Properties located at 2509 and 2505 Washington Ave., has served as a group therapy and counseling center for the Freeman Center and another addiction care provider.

Treatment for addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs, sex practices such as engaging in prostitution, wife beating, theft by worthless check and credit card abuse have long been treated on the premises.

Det. Joseph Scaramucci, who in his court papers now identifies himself as a Human Trafficking Task Force member seconded to the DHS, said in his affidavit of probable cause that three women brought from China to serve under the supervision of Chun Yang Zhang, 47, who gave an Austin address and an address on 5101 Hawthorne.

Scaramucci gained the seconding and new designation when Sheriff Parnell McNamara accepted a federal grant for a detective’s salary, expenses and training, it was learned from seasoned lawmen.

When he first visited the parlor, he received a massage and at its conclusion, the woman signaled by gesture that she would masturbate him to a “happy ending” for an additional fee. He declined.

In two separate search warrants, one for the Washington Ave. address, and another for 2625 W. Waco Dr., Detective Scaramucci and his squad uncovered six caches of U.S. currency in the cribs which they did not inventory or count. Veteran lawmen said that is a very irregular practice. Confiscated cash is often noted by serial number, the bills photocopied. In the case of asset forfeiture, the money must be put in a bank account. No such notation appears in the paperwork furnished by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

Men who visited the brothels were identified by their pictures snapped by clocks in the establishments, which captured the couple who operated the establishments in the act of setting up and adjusting the surveillance cameras.

The women, who were turned over to a social work service for supervision, were paid 20 percent of their earnings after a fee of $300 per month had been collected for their room and on-site board at the brothel.

According to Scaramucci’s affidavit, the human trafficking victims are usually unaware of what their exact duties will be until they have arrived at the place where they will be employed to perform acts of prostitution.

The property company, Lone Star Properties, is represented by a man named Mohammed Jamil Esmaiel, according to utility records, according to court papers.

The full array of warrants, booking information, and probable cause affidavits may be read by clicking here:



Deputy Stephen Johnson, snapped in a happy mood

One may view Deputy Johnson’s TCOLE Record here:


‘Ridiculous’ Letter From DA To Parole Board For Dope Dealer’s Pardon

Ft. Worth – An attorney for a Twin Peaks defendant released a letter written by McLennan County Criminal District Attorney to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles requesting the full pardon of a convicted drug dealer.

DA, Abel Reyna, called the letter “ridiculous” when confronted with reports of the letter reported by Greg Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor in the office of the District Attorney, to the FBI in a federal investigation.

Brian Bouffard, who is representing Jorge Salinas in an indictment recommended by Reyna in the Twin Peaks cases, released this material today.

On November 9, 2017, Abel Reyna’s former First Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Greg Davis, swore under oath, under penalty of perjury, the following: (click on text to view)

“In addition to having cases dismissed for political and/or personal reasons, I also know that Reyna wrote at least one letter requesting a full pardon for a campaign supporter’s relative.  For example, even though the DA’s office had a policy of opposing early parole for offenders, Reyna wrote a letter in December 2013 requesting a full pardon for Sammy Citrano’s nephew, Kevin Chirafis, who had been convicted of the felony offense of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Brazos County.”

Greg Davis, it should be recalled, has been described by Mr. Reyna as a “disgruntled former employee” and Mr. Reyna has stated in the press that the information provided by Mr. Davis is “ridiculous” and “untruthful.”  It appears that Mr. Reyna is denying writing any such letter.  Mr. Davis said he did write it.  Someone is indeed lying.  Who could it be?       

Yesterday, through a request under the Texas Public Information Act, my office obtained a copy of this letter from Mr. Reyna to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, described by Mr. Davis.  Though the letter states that it was “not printed at taxpayer expense,” it was written on the official letterhead of the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office.  In the letter, Abel Reyna admits to regularly socializing and becoming “good friends” with a convicted drug dealer, and supports Mr. Chirafis’s request for a full pardon from the governor. 

Mr. Chirafis can be seen in the attached picture at a Reyna fundraiser wearing a Reyna campaign t-shirt.  His uncle, Sammy Citrano, has donated over $5,000 to Reyna’s campaigns over the years, including $1,200 in the months prior to Mr. Reyna writing the letter. 

Since he hasn’t yet sworn an oath to tell the truth and is therefore shielded from accountability for perjury, Mr. Reyna continues to disparage those who stood up – and stand up today – against his corruption and political opportunism, continues to deny abusing his office and the citizens of McLennan County for his own ambition in Texas politics, and continues to deny all personal wrongdoing.  This is all “untruthful” and “ridiculous,” he says.  But to borrow his own language from his letter in support of a pardon for a campaign supporter’s felony drug dealing conviction, “actions speak louder than words.”

Brian Bouffard, attorney for Jorge Salinas

So mote it be.

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Cop Pins Tale On Reyna

‘The ironic thing is Mr. Reyna has put citizens in prison for a whole lot less.’ – Attorney’s press release regarding statement by detective


Waco – Retired Waco Police Detective Sherry Kingrey gave a sworn statement today that alleges elected District Attorney Abel Reyna accepted “under the table” contributions from the organizers of a gambling ring.

She turned the information over to FBI Task Force Agent Fred Rhea, who directed her to FBI Special Agent Dan Brust.

In the statement she alleged that in return for the contributions, “Reyna would make proecutorial decisions based upon political opportunism and would arrange to have a particular special prosecutor appointed in order to have cases dismissed for supporters.”

Detective Kingrey further stated that during the time she spent at the Waco Civic Center helping log evidence following the Twin Peaks arrests of 177 defendants for engaging in organized criminal activity on May 17, 2015, “At no time did I see Manuel Chavez” enter a room where Reyna, Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker worked to craft an affidavit of probable cause identical in each case.

Reyna has testified under oath that he urged Chavez to make sure he could assure himself that each allegation in the probable cause affidavit is true to his knowledge.

On further examination, Chavez when re-called to the witness stand in the August 8, 2016 hearing said he did not see Reyna at any time on that date.

In her statement, Ms. Kingrey included an e-mail she received from the FBI agent detailing how she, Fred Rhea, Arson Investigator Kevin Fisk, and other should file their findings for inclusion in the file on the ongoing federal corruption investigation he is conducting. 

Detective Kingrey’s statement, which was released by attorneys representing Twin Peaks defendants Billy Jason McRee and Jorge Salinas, may be read by clicking here:

AG: ‘DA Reyna Delusional’

Waco – An audio recording attached to a motion to discover the extent of evidence withheld in a Twin Peaks case makes it clear that the Attorney General’s liaison to the McLennan DA’s Office thinks the state’s case is seriously skewed.

According to the motion by Burton George Bergman, Assistant Attorney General Christopher Lindsey told defense counsel Casie Gotro:

The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office is engaging in “double dealing” and “hiding things” in relation to the Twin Peaks’ discovery.

•The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office “are not assuming their responsibilities” in relation to the Twin Peaks’ discovery.

•When all of the facts come to light “Abel is going to start pointing his finger at Michael.” (Jarrett)

•The Twin Peaks’ cases will “crater.”

•A Texas Ranger thought that certain information was discoverable to the Twin Peaks’ defendants and “got into a little bit of an argument” with McL ennan District Attorney Abelino Reyna over Reyna’s claim that it was not discoverable. 

Lindsey commented that the argument between Reyna and the Ranger showed how “delusional Reyna really is”

•He (Lindsey) told the Ranger that he needed “to stop talking to Abel” and he needed “to stop talking to Jarrett” because”they are not on our side.

•He (Lindsey), referring to the McLennan County District Attorney, asks the rhetorical question, “you can’t trust your local prosecutor?” He then answers himself, “not in this case. Not even a little bit.”

•Reyna told them to “hang onto evidence” that a Texas Ranger fully believed was covered by a judge’s Twin Peaks’ discovery order.

In the motion, Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden writes “the Attorney General’s Office clearly appears to believe that the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office is “not assuming their responsibilities” as to discovery of evidence and “hiding things.” The DA’s office cannot be trusted.

In a classic example of understatement, the motion goes on to say, “Keep in mind that these are not allegations by the defense. These are allegations by the attorney representing the Texas Atorney Genral’s Office. As noted above, it is difficult for Mr. Bergman to know what he does not have.

In a footnote, the motion notes, “It is unknown whether Lindsey has fulfilled his ethical obligation by reporting his observations of Reyna’s actions to the State Bar of Texas…”

Failure to do so would “itself be an ethical violation,” according to the footnote.

Reyna – Direct Cocaine Evidence Against The DA

Brittany Scaramucci and Guy Cox faced off over her disqualification in a DWI case against a couple who worked at Baylor in sensitive positions

Waco – A special prosecutor assigned to handle two sensitive DWI cases in which authorities accused a man and wife who worked in key positions at Baylor University gave an affidavit alleging a client personally delivered cocaine to elected District Attorney Abel Reyna.

In 2014, according to Brittany Scaramucci, an attorney for Jennifer and Louis Jarvis told her “if I ever wanted a good relationship with Reyna’s office for my future clients, I would not prosecute the Jarvises.”

When she learned that the FBI was in the middle of an investigation of the Reyna administration, she supplied information from the court record concerning the Jarvis cases.

Her client Brandon Gatlin requested an interview with the FBI Special Agent handling the matter, and they met at the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office for the occasion, which Agent Dan Brust recorded, she said.

In the interview, Gatlin said “he personally delivered cocaine for Reyna’s use.”

Allegations of DWI cases buried for political reasons surfaced in fall of 2014 when the Jarvis’ attorney Guy Cox conducted a 4-hour disqualification hearing to remove Ms. Scaramucci from the case as special prosecutor. His bid was unsuccessful when retired County Court at Law Judge Mike Gassaway ruled against the writ.

Ms. Scaramucci also turned over information in which she has personal knowledge that “a particular special prosecutor has been appointed solely for the purpose of facilitiating politically based dismissals on behalf of Reyna.”

The affidavit is dated November 27, 2017.

Twin Peaks Quartet Demands Full Disclosure


Waco – No two ways about it. We’ll see the top dog prosecutor of this tight, dry, polite, cruel smile of a town compelled to raise his right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in every trial resulting from the mass arrests of May 17, 2015 – the massacre at Twin Peaks Restaurant – an event compelled by the politics of a military takeover of the civil government.

If you asked Dr. Eric Berne, author of “The Games People Play,” about the antics of elected Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna and his collusive pal, visiting Senior Judge Doug Shaver of Harris County, he would probably refer you to the chapter in his best-seller entitled, “Let’s Pull A Fast One On Joey.”

Berne was an Army shrink, a veteran of the tough and no doo doo world of the MASH unit; he wrote in the avuncular and slightly satirical verbal style of the hot shot chest cutters, gas passers, scrub nurses, and ultra-savvy orderlies who worked night and day for a quick shower and a stiff drink.

He opted for a breezy form of kitchen table plain speaking about mental illness that went a long way in selling 7 million copies of his book – while it was still in hardback.

For starters, aside from the obvious signs of the onset of psychosis, there is the equally problematic pantheon of neuroses – something Berne made short work of by defining it as “stupid behavior from people who are not stupid.”

Got that? You’ll recognize it when you see it, okay?

He didn’t stop with “Joey;” he added “Now I’ve Got You You Son Of A Bitch,” “Let’s You And Him Fight,” “Wooden Leg,” “Courtroom – or DA,” “Alcoholic,” and a host of others in which if you don’t recognize yourself or a loved one, I’ll give you a half hour to raise a crowd at State and Madison, and I will personally kiss the naked buttocks of your nasty ass. So there.

I am sincere about all this, if you take my meaning.

So, when it comes to four defendants who just can’t get their day in court in the Twin Peaks prosecutions, it comes as no surprise that “Let’s Pull A Fast One…” is somehow just not working. The mojo flew out the window on that fateful day of August 8, 2016, when Abel Reyna hoisted himself from his own petard – which, it turns out, is nowhere near as massive as he seems to think it is – and with a straight face, cheerfully lied on the witness stand.

And even though you could have heard a pin drop when the crime fighting crusader slashed his own throat, apparently the Kool-Aid is so damned expensive, people just keep on drinking it, even though it’s spiked with giggle giggle ha ha crystals and is definitely as weird as the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests.

Now comes Mssrs. Aikin, Clendennen, McRee and Salinas and would humbly show unto the two criminal district courts in McLennan County that the DA has been “ethically blinded” by the heady ambition instilled by the events of that bloody Sunday, the day the U.S. Army Special Ops Command, the federal alphabet souper troopers, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the city kitties of a half-dozen local police departments fired shots heard around the world in an ongoing civil war against We The People.

As a witness, the DA can’t serve as prosecutor, and his staff are also precluded from that task. Enter, a trio of special prosecutors from Harris County who need time to familiarize themselves with the two million documents discovered as evidence – so far. 

But wait, there’s more.

According to the quartet, the beginning of the end is nowhere in sight. This is merely what Sir Winston Churchill once called “the end of the beginning.” There are tons of evidence withheld, it is alleged.

The truth is, all concerned werel co-opted and placed under the direction of a “law enforcement-based entity” at a remote location, a fusion center that monitored the scene by video, radio transmissions, satellite communications, and the various faculties of unmanned aerial vehicles, body and dashcams, and the dirty dinguses with the ear dongles and the insect sunglasses toting black battle rifles.

The truth is – you have no rights when these motherless schmucks show up – and they’re everywhere. Wall to wall and tree-top tall.

Considereth: Matthew Clendennen has filed a “Motion for Leave to File Offer Of Proof…” in which he details the need to prove that the prosecution has concealed evidence that would tend to exculpate him in the criminal allegation that he engaged in organized criminal activity that led to the capital murder and/or aggravated assault of his fellow citizens. He also seeks to prove that an ongoing federal investigation begun by an FBI agent in 2013 has, to make a long story boring, yielded solid proof of the DA’s ongoing policies of letting people off the hook for money.

Read all about it:

William Aikin has a motion pending before the court that clearly shows evidence of exculpatory material being placed under protective order during the trial of Bandido Jake Carrizal, which concluded in a mistrial due to a hung jury in November. That evidence was released only to defense counsel Casie Gotro, according to the Aikin motion. So far, it’s only cost the people of the state of Texas a measly million bucks – and it’s only the first of 155 cases in which there has no verdict – yet. Good luck, folks.

Billy Jason McRee demands an evidentiary hearing. He wants to know how come Reyna made a decision to have he and 176 other folks arrested after he took over an investigation by police into capital murder and/or aggravated assault.

Based on his “personal observations,” according to Aikin’s motion, Reyna defied the “collective wisdom” of three assistant police chiefs at the scene of the Twin Peaks blood bath.

You can read their testimony from the record, and it will show you clearly that “part of mr. McRee’s defense will be that he was the victim of Reyna’s political opportunism, in which Mr. Reyna abuses his authority by placing his person ambition ahead of his duty to justice by prosecuting (among dozens and dozen of others) Mr. McRee, an innocent man.”

In the motion, you will see a rundown on what Greg Davis, Julissa West, Brittany Scaramucci,

Sherry Kingrey, Sterling Harmon, Michael Jarrett, and Amanda Dillon were prepared to testify before Judge Shaver so quickly cut off the hearing, ruling that the presentation was “ridiculous.”

Mr. McRee believes that prosecutors did a good thing by going to federal investigator with their suspicions, that doesn’t end their obligation. He thinks they’re withholding evidence that could exonerate him.

Here t’is:

In his motion, Jorge Daniel Salinas declares “…the elected District Attorney of McLennan County, will be called as a defense witness in this case.” He alleges “for all intents and purposes, Mr. Reyna orchestrated the arrest of Mr. Salinas…”

He details in his motion the material former staffer Julissa West turned over to the FBI agent who began his file in 2013.

That includes the exact mechanics of just who would and would not be prosecuted for offenses such as DWI, based on who contriubuted how much to his campaign fund.

Brittany Scaramucci suppied information about a couple prosecuted for DWI who held important positions at Baylor University at the time. According to what she told investigators, a certain attorney told her that the couple are “good people” and that she would be better off not prosecuting them because he had arranged an “informal” probation term. They are such good people they “should not be subjected to the criminal justice system.”

Couple of high-priced drunks with a lot of influence, huh?

Retired Waco Police detective Sherry Kingrey “determined that Mr. Reyna made three phone calls within approximately ninety minutes of the Twin Peaks shootings. Of those three phone calls, she determined that two of them were to persons she had been investigating for running an illegal gambling operation and providing Mr. Reyna undocumented campaign contributions…”

And the list goes on:

The Semantics of Money


The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a “Federal Benefit Payment?” I’ll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding itl because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you. Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.” This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.

If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that’s close to $180,000 invested in Social Security.

If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security ($375/month, including both you and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved!

This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact).

And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.

Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger “Ponzi scheme” than Bernie Madoff ever did. They took our money and used it elsewhere. They forgot (oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them. And they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer.

But is it our fault they misused our investments? And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a “benefit”, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it.

Just because they borrowed the money doesn’t mean that our investments were a charity!

Let’s take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government.

Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the sake of that 92% of our population who need it.

Then call it what it is: Our Earned Retirement Income.

99% of people won’t forward this. Will you?


Forwarded by Sir Knight Stan McBride

David Wayne Spence’s Vision From Boot Hill

Before he died in the Texas execution chamber, the convicted murderer David Wayne Spence made sure his son understood what he wanted.

The result: Jason Spence has three goals in the petition he filed in District Court at Austin, Texas.

  1. He wants to clear his father’s name in the Lake Waco murders.
  2. He seeks closure in his grandmother’s murder; Juanita White’s death is an open case.
  3. He seeks money damages for the wrongful execution of his father.

An invited guest as his father’s execution in 1997, Jason Spence has experienced severe mental trauma in the years since then. “I’ve been in and out of psych wards,” he recalls.

Each day is a waking nightmare. Terrifying images flash through his mind. Sounds and sights recall painful memories, recollections freighted with horror. He has spent his entire adult life seeking relief from the trauma of his father’s execution, and his grandmother’s murder.

He suspects his brittle diabetic condition and chronic pancreatitis results from medical care.

Before the execution, the father and he agreed that they wanted his exoneration in the killing of three teenagers who had lived at Waco’s Metodist Home, sexual assaults and mutilation knife torture-killings he went to his death insisting he did not do.

Since that was unlikely, David Wayne Spence agreed the next best goal would be to seek redress in the courts, including money damages to provide for his children and grandchildren. He swore his son Jason, then 20, to that goal.

But it’s the evidence used to send his dad to the execution chamber that bothers him the most. His original problem was trying to figure out why he was in jail for something his father couldn’t really explain, even to himself. Jason Spence thinks his dad was killed due to political expediency. The local powers had to find a quick and plausible solution and David Wayne Spence looked just like what they were seeking, he says.

One of his greatest resentments is that the mainstream media misquoted his father’s final words as the lethal chemicals began to flow into his blood stream.

David Wayne Spence looked directly at his family and said, “I am not guilty of this crime. I am going home.”

His second greatest concern is that the case the elected District Attorney Vic Feazell made to two central Texas juries is lame enough to need crutches.

First of all, why didn’t the defendants just run in three different directions?

Secondly, how did they get to Speegleville Park across Lake Waco from where the prosecutor claimed they were killed, at a park on Lakeshore Drive?

And, then, where is the vehicle they were transported in? There is no physical evidence to prove they were transported in any of the vehicles the state theorized they rode in. No blood, hairs, fibers – nothing.

If Raylene Rice was the target of a murder for hire conspiracy, why wasn’t she killed first – alone? Why would his father agree to kill someone he did not know, a crime for which he had no motive?

The expert testimony about the bites on Jill Montgomery’s body has been discredited as junk science.

His saga really began when the former wife of Vic Feazell, Bernadette, contacted him with an offer of help. She visited eight law firms with track records for just the kind of litigation Jason and David Wayne Spence planned so long ago, in 1997. “Only one didn’t throw me out,” she recalled.

When he surveyed the petition prepared by the Jay English Law Firm of Dallas, he was shocked at the exculpatory evidence assembled for a judge’s inspection.

He blames Skip Reaves, who defended his father in a losing battle to avoid the death chamber, for the fact that DNA samples taken from Ms. Montgomery’s fingernails has never been tested to eliminate his father as a suspect. Reaves is heavily identified with the Innocence Project, which relies heavily on DNA tests to exonerate defendants falsely convicted in the past.

He says the judges involved in the case and Mr. Reaves are conspiring to keep the evidence from being transferred from the Ft. Worth Medical Examiner’s Office to the University of Texas Forensics lab.

Legal appeals of his dad’s lawyers fell on deaf ears when then Governor George W. Bush turned down a clemency petition seeking reprieve of his death sentence. He says he thinks the powers that be conspired to bring his execution on swiftly for the express purpose of preventing his exoneration any time soon.

Prior to his execution, David Wayne Spence cautioned his mother, Juanita White, not to turn over a letter she felt contained evidence that would convice a jury he was innocent.

She ignored his advice. Soon after she turned the letter over to Vic Feazell, says Jason Spence, his grandmother was found brutally murdered. Not long after the crime scene was released by the Waco Police, someone broke in the house and took away more of the documentation she had stored in records boxes.

A man later proven innocent served a long stretch in the penitentiary for her murder. Her case remains open.

He had a chilling vision of his grandmother standing in the doorway of her house in North Waco, a piece of paper in her hand.

In all the intervening years, that vision has never left the second sight acquired by Jason Spence that day in his childhood.

We do apologize for the poor quality of this audio file. In the final interview, the fidelity will be much improved. – Legendary