Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • I finally got to sit down and talk with the DA's office about the murder trial that just took place.
    • It was far more brutal than what I thought -- and I already thought it was extremely brutal.  There's a 911 tape of the victim gasping her final words. It's hard to imagine that it all happened in Decatur. 
    • And although identify was never an issue, the killer slipped in her blood and left a foot trail of bloody footprints away from her body as he fled. The photographs were said to be haunting.
    • The guy put a tracking device on the victim's car and activated it before he placed on her vehicle. So the first data it saved showed it at his house before he ultimately drove to her home and placed it on her vehicle. 
    • I'm not sure how the employee of the tanning salon held it together during the whole ordeal. She was smack dab in the middle of it trying to help the best she could. As others have told me, "There's no way she doesn't suffer from PTSD after that." 
    • I have not heard one single criticism or complaint about the way the Decatur Police Department handled the investigation. Not one. 
  • Wise County primary contests (getting this info was way too hard - it's now all available for any county through the Secretary of State.):
    J.D. Clark is the incumbent

    No incumbent for County Clerk since Sherry Parker Lemon did not seek re-election. 
    Kevin Burns is the incumbent in Precinct 2
    No incumbent in Precinct 4 since Gaylord Kennedy did not seek re-election

  • First time Wise County candidates who did not have an opponent:
    • The District Clerk was open because Brenda Rowe did not seek re-election
    • The County Attorney job was open because of COVID. Stay with me here:  Current County Attorney Thomas Aaberg, who did no file for election,  currently has the job because he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of James Stainton. Stainton had left the office of County Attorney because he was appointed as District Attorney to fill the unexpired term of Greg Lowery. Lowery had left the District Attorney job because he was appointed as Judge of County Court at Law #1 to fill the unexpired term of Judge Melton Cude.  Judge Cude created an unexpired term when he died of COVID on November 29, 2020.
  • The Proud Boys were sued by the District of Columbia yesterday because of the damage caused on January 6th.  And although the legal entity of "Proud Boys International, LLC" doesn't technically exist any longer because it was dissolved, it had some official Decatur connections at one point. 

  • Wish I could get a comment from the Baby Jesus. 

  • I observed someone doing a bit yesterday in new Wise County government office. 

  • The mayor of Prosper may be in trouble for a possible "leaving the scene of an accident" case. After he slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision, a motorcyclist rear-ended him leaving that motorcyclist in critical condition.  His honor attempted to put a force field up last night by saying a prayer for the biker during a council session. He also says he had no idea the bike smashed into the back of him but thought it was a car which then passed him so he pursued it. 

  • There's always a video rolling.  Here's one of a Louisiana municipal judge watching a surveillance video and dropping the n-word. I haven't read how the video, recorded in her own home, got released. 

  • As Mark Meadows is becoming the new John Dean, we've got two new metroplex resident arrests who took part in the Trump Insurrection.  Donald Hazard, 43, of Hurst, and Lucas Denney, 44, of Mansfield. These guys are pieces of work as the very detailed 42 page complaint. (Man, the Justice Department does a lot of work putting those things together.)   These boys weren't just tourists.

  • With the rule change allowing college athletes being able to be paid for the "name, image or likeness" (which basically means they can be handed money without even working), I knew it would be the wild, wild West.  And it has really kicked off recently. Some organization called "Horns With Hearts" will pay offensive linemen at UT $50,000 a year if they'll just say a few kind words about a charity. And yesterday, some SMU alums, including Eric Dickerson, started a slush fund that, although now legal, caused the school to get the death penalty in 1988. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold