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7.30.2005

I Know I'm In The Minority Here . . .

There is an intoxication manslaughter case going on in Tarrant County that is incredibly sad. Roy Alvin Adams Jr. (in photo) is on trial for causing the death of Grapevine officer Darren Medlin about a year ago. Adams seems genuinely remorseful, and the whole thing is a tragedy. DWI cases are odd in that the defendant's "intent" is irrelevant. As I often say, some DWI defendants hit a curb while others strike a person. The first is a misdemeanor while the latter is a second degree felony. Adams (who will probably be convicted) faces a range of punishment from probation to 20 years in prison. After seeing him in court for a week, a probated sentence wouldn't bother me at all. But, I'm not sure most people don't feel that way. It's all so sad.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are in the minority here. A police officer doing his duty is dead because some guy thinks he can drive a vehicle while smashed. According to the newspaper account the man testified that he wasn't drunk but admits he had five drinks. He goes on to say he doesn't remember the accident...he must have blacked out. People should take responsibilty for their actions. He chose to drive drunk, he didn't accidently shoot someone while cleaning a gun. Can the consequences (a family with no dad) be ignored just because he is so sorry?

Anonymous said...

I have seen first hand how drugs and drinking can impact a family and believe me my family has lived this nightmare....but is putting someone in a cage with no rehab because of budget cuts the answer...so here is what happens... we lock them up and we pay for their care and they get no help and then in 5 years we let them out to do it all over again....does that make sense....I don't know what the answer is but what we are doing is NOT working...look at the number of people in prison...we are to say the least over crowded....

Anonymous said...

So let's just give up. Turn 'em all loose because it cost too much. Going forward the new procedure will be, if you kill a family of four you say "I'm sorry I didn't mean to do it" four times shed a few tears and go on to happy hour the next night. It not right (not justice)to allow an irresponsible person to harm other people. Even if it is a little crowded at the prison

dick said...

Both sides of ths are tragic. A lose/lose event.

kinkyfogovenor said...

it is sad but he does seem like he truly regrets the situtation.

Jeff said...

I hope he regrets what he did. That's a start. As for rehab, how many leave those programs only to find that on the outside, they still can't handle their addiction? I've seen it happen. I feel for the guy. Part of me doesn't want to see anyone who is truly sorry and remorseful for their actions lose precious time of their lives where they could be doing something positive. On the other hand, when you drink, you know driving is a recipe for trouble. Many disagree but it's much like pulling the trigger on the gun. Until someone makes the decision to pull the trigger (drive the car) there is hope that a tragedy can be avoided.

Anonymous said...

He seemingly regretfulness makes a difference to me. At least this "wrongdoer" gives a d&#% that he's screwed up. JMHO.....

Anonymous said...

SORRY,
I have no sympathy for a person that drinks and then trys to operate a motor vehicle. Probation is a slap in the face for the family that lost a loved one, police officer or not. What if it was your family member, would youstill feel the same? Geting into a vehicle while intoxicated is the same as carrying a loaded gun. Just pray to god it isn't pointed at you.

Anonymous said...

I buried my 24 year old daughter on July 26. The driver of the car that she was in is being charged with intoxication manslaughter. The wreck occurred on June 20th at 10:45 am. Can you imagine being drunk at that time of the morning. I don't know, yet, if he is sorry. The Dallas DA has told me that I cannot talk to him until after the trial - that I might jepordize chances of putting him away for a long time. A friend forwarded to me 29 pages of his "rap sheet". I have no personal hard feelings against this man - my daughter made her choices on getting into the vehicle with him. My only hope is that he is put away for a long time - I would truly hate for any other family to go through the pain that my family has. P Miller, 8/7/05.

Anonymous said...

I know this guy! He is the kind of guy that you want as a friend. The kind of guy who would not hurt anyone! You can not judge him, you just think you can. It is a tragic event for all parties involved. Lets see if you fall short and how quick the world judges you. Lets see how you feel then!!! Accidents happen and this is all this was. My heart goes out to the family of the Officer, but anyone who know Roy A. knows he is a good person! He did not intend for this to happen, I assure you, he did not plan for this to happen. If you believe in GOD, it was just the Officer's time. It was just GOD's will!