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Jury Acquits Drake of Murdering Stepfather

There are 191 comments on the KFDM-TV Beaumont story from Oct 22, 2007, titled Jury Acquits Drake of Murdering Stepfather. In it, KFDM-TV Beaumont reports that:

A Hardin County jury has acquitted David Drake of murdering his stepfather, Willard French. via KFDM-TV Beaumont

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LISA

Dallas, TX

#1 Oct 25, 2007
Those jurors made a huge mistake! I can not possibly understand what they were thinking! There is a 911 tape with their mother saying "they" are beating and stabbing my dad to death....Their own mother. SO WHAT IF SEVERAL SECONDS INTO THE TAPE HE DECIDES IT'S TIME TO STOP....SEVERAL SECONDS OF BEING BEATIN AND STABBED TO DEATH ARE AN ETERNITY.AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY ARE ALL SCUM....RIGHT THERE WITH DAVID AND BRIAN DRAKE. THEY GAVE MY DADS LIFE 2 HOURS OF THEIR TIME...TWO HOURS TO ACQUIT A VICIOUS MURDERER WHO'S OWN MOTHER SAID HE WAS MURDERING MY DAD.
Jessica

Dallas, TX

#2 Oct 29, 2007
I can not put into words how utterly shocked, disappointed and heart broken I am by the verdict. My family has went through hell and back with all that has been going on this year. Willard French was a wonderful man with a heart the size of Texas. My heart breaks everytime I have to think about the way my grandfather was taken from my family. We wanted justice... some form of closure. Everyone was positive that David would be going to jail after the overwhelming evidence was presented in court. It is a SHAME that THIS MONSTER WALKS THE STREETS! Look at his past criminal behavior. He is a DANGER to the public! Yet he continues to walk free. My mother has been a mess since she lost her father - and the jury only took TWO hours... TWO HOURS to decide that David Drake was not guitly. I honestly wouldn't be able to live with myself if I was one of those jurors. David will hurt someone again. All because they let him go free.
John

Lumberton, TX

#3 Nov 2, 2007
I am convinced I live in the land of idiots. It's not enough that...

1. His mother said on the 911 tape he was killing Willard and clarified it to the dispatcher by saying his name.

2. According to witnesses and once again a 911 tape of three calls his mother made he had already threatened to kill Willard twice.

3. His on admission on the stand before the jury of his involvement in the murder.

I guess these idiot jurors thought they had to actually be present at the murder scene while the murder was taking place in order to convict him. Who knows what they were thinking! The whole town of Kountze is blown away by this! I am sorely displeased with our justice system. Even calling it a "justice" system is a mockery to justice. This only confirms my belief that we are living in the last days. God's justice is true and righteous and I think it a dangerous thing to aquit the guilty and deny justice to the innocent.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
B Waters

Uvalde, TX

#4 Nov 2, 2007
The season of thankfulness is fastly approaching,a time when families reunite, catch up, and make memories together. I am shocked and saddened by the fact the my daughter in law,her sister and both families will not have the closure needed during this time. I cannot comprehend the lack of intelligence on the part of the jury in this case. Where did the county find people completely void of understanding the seriousness and brutallity of David Drake, his brother, and his mother? Evidence was presented, and there is NOT a shadow of a doubt in that evidence. Was the jury as frightened of the accused as the rest of the townspeople? There are five children that will not be spending time this holiday with their Papa Willard. Three of these children are below the age of eight. Do the jurors believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was easy to tell these beautiful children that their grandfather had been killed? I guarantee that it was one of the hardest thing that Willard's daughters had to do. I have sat on a jury. I understand that it is a huge responsilbility, not to be taken lightly, however, when the evidence is presented and the defendant's own flesh and blood testify and record that he committed the crime, what more is there? Please do not worry about my daughter in law and extended family, we are fine. Christ is in our hearts and we know that true justice is yet to come.God has granted peace to us and if Willard and other loved ones who have gone before us can not join us in body, they will be there in our hearts. You cannot take that away, David, Sandy, and Brian.
selena

Beaumont, TX

#5 Nov 5, 2007
LISA wrote:
Those jurors made a huge mistake! I can not possibly understand what they were thinking! There is a 911 tape with their mother saying "they" are beating and stabbing my dad to death....Their own mother. SO WHAT IF SEVERAL SECONDS INTO THE TAPE HE DECIDES IT'S TIME TO STOP....SEVERAL SECONDS OF BEING BEATIN AND STABBED TO DEATH ARE AN ETERNITY.AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY ARE ALL SCUM....RIGHT THERE WITH DAVID AND BRIAN DRAKE. THEY GAVE MY DADS LIFE 2 HOURS OF THEIR TIME...TWO HOURS TO ACQUIT A VICIOUS MURDERER WHO'S OWN MOTHER SAID HE WAS MURDERING MY DAD.
Yes I said David Drake
The same David Drake that you know is the same one our family knows and loves deeply. He was none of these things you want people to believe. You are a very closed minded person to believe that someone of his nature could be capable of the things that were painted in the courtroom to be him. Like his lawyer said he may have been alot of things but one thing he is NOT is a MURDERER. And I as you are NOT ashamed to leave my name. It is Selena Emerson. Again as a "concerned citizen" am very proud of the Drake Brothers.
Selena Emerson, Port Arthur Texas
selena

Beaumont, TX

#6 Nov 5, 2007
Yes I said David Drake
The same David Drake that you know is the same one our family knows and loves deeply. He was none of these things you want people to believe. You are a very closed minded person to believe that someone of his nature could be capable of the things that were painted in the courtroom to be him. Like his lawyer said he may have been alot of things but one thing he is NOT is a MURDERER. And I as you are NOT ashamed to leave my name. It is Selena Emerson. Again as a "concerned citizen" am very proud of the Drake Brothers.
Selena Port Arthur Texas
selena

Beaumont, TX

#7 Nov 5, 2007
LISA wrote:
Those jurors made a huge mistake! I can not possibly understand what they were thinking! There is a 911 tape with their mother saying "they" are beating and stabbing my dad to death....Their own mother. SO WHAT IF SEVERAL SECONDS INTO THE TAPE HE DECIDES IT'S TIME TO STOP....SEVERAL SECONDS OF BEING BEATIN AND STABBED TO DEATH ARE AN ETERNITY.AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY ARE ALL SCUM....RIGHT THERE WITH DAVID AND BRIAN DRAKE. THEY GAVE MY DADS LIFE 2 HOURS OF THEIR TIME...TWO HOURS TO ACQUIT A VICIOUS MURDERER WHO'S OWN MOTHER SAID HE WAS MURDERING MY DAD.
Yes I said David Drake
The same David Drake that you know is the same one our family knows and loves deeply. He was none of these things you want people to believe. You are a very closed minded person to believe that someone of his nature could be capable of the things that were painted in the courtroom to be him. Like his lawyer said he may have been alot of things but one thing he is NOT is a MURDERER. And I as you are NOT ashamed to leave my name. It is Selena Emerson. Again as a "concerned citizen" am very proud of the Drake Brothers.
Selena Emerson, Port Arthur Texas
selena

Beaumont, TX

#8 Nov 5, 2007
Yes I said David Drake
The same David Drake that you know is the same one our family knows and loves deeply. He was none of these things you want people to believe. You are a very closed minded person to believe that someone of his nature could be capable of the things that were painted in the courtroom to be him. Like his lawyer said he may have been alot of things but one thing he is NOT is a MURDERER. And I as you are NOT ashamed to leave my name. It is Selena Emerson. Again as a "concerned citizen" am very proud of the Drake Brothers.
Selena Port Arthur Texas
Elizabeth

Uvalde, TX

#9 Nov 5, 2007
Ms.Emerson,
I understand from your response to Lisa, that your family loves David. Love cannot be explained, especially the love that David expressed for Willard on the stand, yet he was willing to be an accomplice in his murder,attacking him,kicking him,to his own admission, and later fleeing from the police. I have been taught and experienced, as I am sure you have as well, that love is gentle and kind,not destructive and evil. Love comes from the heart as does evil,however the difference between the two is NOT a fine line.The fact remains in the evidence presented,the tapes,the murder weapon,and the admission from his own family that he is not a loving man, he is guilty of Willard French's murder as is his brother and mother. Please be careful in your own experiences with these people, they may just love you to death. His "nature" has proven to be one of violence. Is he not still serving time in prison for other felonies, one of which is assault? As a"concerned citizen" whose tax dollars paid for this trial, I am appalled that a dangerous and obvious felon has been granted "not guilty". Your pride would be put to better use elsewhere.
Lisa

Dallas, TX

#10 Nov 5, 2007
Well Miss Selena Emmerson you are in my "closed minded opinion" just as sick as they are!!!!! How can you come on here and say you are proud of the Drake Brothers? They are murderers. THEY BEAT AND STABBED MY DAD TO DEATH AND IF THOSE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU CHOOSE THE BE PROUD OF MAYBE YOU NEED MORE HELP THAN THEY DO.HOW DARE YOU COME ON HEAR AND ATTACK ME...YOU DON'T KNOW ME.I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN HELL FOR THE LAST YEAR AT THE THOUGHT OF HOW THEY KILLED MY DAD.SO SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH AND GET A LIFE...
Lisa

Dallas, TX

#11 Nov 5, 2007
SELENA EMERSON, SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL MEET OUR MAKER AND DO YOU THINK HE IS PROUD OF WHAT THEY DID? HE IS THE FINAL JUDGE AND THEY WILL BE PUNISHED FOR WHAT THEY DID.AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR COMING ON HERE AND TRYING TO ADD MORE HURT TO OUR FAMILY.
Jessica Ball

Dallas, TX

#12 Nov 5, 2007
Selena,
What was your purpose for coming here?
To inflict even more pain into the hearts of the terribly wounded? Why not go do more productive things with your time than ramble on about something you obviously shouldn't be talking about. Did you not hear the confession from David? I'm sorry to have to be the one to enlighten you, but you are better off without knowing this monster. He has threatened my loving grandfather before to take his life. He BEAT my grandfather while he laid helpless in a pool of his own blood. You have not been in that house. You have not seen the huge hole in the corner by the front door on the floor where your beloved David kicked my pawpaws head in. You are easily swayed and very, VERY rude to come here and say the things you have said.
And if it was true that David loved my grandfather, then how... PLEASE TELL ME HOW he could beat him to death, THEN destroy his house... WE WERE THERE to see the filth he left... pictures of my grand father turned to face the wall... then entire house ransacked. Respect? Love? Please. Some one of HIS NATURE that you claim is so loving should be behind bars! So please Selena, stop leaving YOUR closed minded comments until you learn a little more about what you're talking about.
Beth

Uvalde, TX

#13 Nov 5, 2007
Don't pay these people any mind Lisa.They are not worth your time. They are uneducated and unaware of life and happiness, at least the Christian way of life. Imagine how unhappy and sad their lives are, to be willing to state their love for murderers in a public forum, professing that this goes against the murderers nature.How desparate! Do they not know good from evil? Scary world. You are correct though, God will sort them out. He already has. Do not let the evil in their lives take the joy from yours. They can only hurt us if we let them, and binding together, no one can hurt us. We are God's children, and he protects us from idiots like this.Keep your faith, and love your family. Selina has nothing that solid to cling to. She has only a felon or two that may never see the light of day anyway.
Courtney

Lexington, KY

#14 Nov 5, 2007
selena needs to shut the fuck up. he is in fact a MURDER!!! he stabbed lisas father, jessicas grandfather to death in his own home and you want to sit aorund and say other wise. screw you. there is a 911 tape of the truth. i feel so bad for the ball family. he should have been put to death the same way he killed his victim. no life isnt fair but you God works in misterious ways and will put him at his wosrt sooner or later. I can not beleive they are letting someone like that walk around the streets. im sorry for all the pain, but you know what, Savanna will be here soon. I love yall, dont let no brained people get to you. LOVE ALWAYS, Courtney.
Toby Peddy

Beaumont, TX

#15 Nov 6, 2007
I loved Willard French. He was a good man. God will take care of the drake boys be sure of that.
Lori French Waters

Decatur, TX

#16 Nov 6, 2007
Well Selena so you are proud of David & Brian Drake. I have never met you, but that tells me a lot about your character. I could start making a list telling you about lots of evil things they did before they killed my dad, but it would take entirely too long. Are you also proud of Brian for beating up his pregnant wife? I bet you are really proud of David for shooting at her when she was fleeing. Boy you would of been ecstatic if he would of hit her & the baby. My family doesnt have to try to make those freaks look bad. EVERYONE in Kountze has told me they are career criminals. Just take a look at the records for both of the losers. My dad was a wonderful man who had a room full of people at the courthouse to show support for him. David had Sandy & that old lady in all black. HMMMMMMMM? For you to be proud of those boys is sickening. My father was in his own home when they killed him. You people are all sick in the head. Maybe David will get into one of his moods & cut your throat or hurt someone else you love! HOW PROUD WILL YOU BE THEN???????? You psycho loser!
Lori French Waters

Decatur, TX

#17 Nov 6, 2007
Toby Peddy wrote:
I loved Willard French. He was a good man. God will take care of the drake boys be sure of that.
That's true Toby. That's what i have to tell myself to get by everyday, but i know God will take care of them. Daddy was a truely wonderful man & in the end they will pay.
Andrew Waters

Uvalde, TX

#18 Nov 6, 2007
It's plain as day what you can expect from the Drakes. These brothers jump people together because they are little boys. I am proud to know my father-n-law whipped these bastards. David is a short stack of shit with his chest bowed out all the time. I had hoped to see justice served, instead they let the pig back out to slop. You can tell David thinks he's a real tough oil field redneck. He just looks like a little momma's boy to me.
Beth

Uvalde, TX

#19 Nov 6, 2007
Ms Emerson is not a popular person, is she? She must be the only one blinded by evil of the Drake family. I challenge Selina to respond to my question in an earlier posting, is he still not serving time in prison for other attempts of evil? And if he is innocent of the murder of Willard French, why did he run like a coward only to be found trying to get away from police while in probation of an earlier felony and possessing a weapon?
My advice to you Ms. Emerson is to run as fast as the Gingerbread man to get away from these people, it will prove to be a mistake if you do not.
Stephanie Jackson

China Spring, TX

#20 Nov 6, 2007
I agree with you John.

Willard was my Uncle. He loved me and I him, he was always there when you needed him. Bad things happen to good people and on earth there is no real justice ever. We will have justice before the Throne of the Almighty One on judgement day. I ask are you ready for your judgement day?
Remember the ten commandments, and heed them. We will all be held accountable for our own free will, right or wrong.
The Bible says, " Be sure your sins will find you out".
THERE IS NO ESCAPING GOD"S WRATH.
Only through the blood that Christ shed is there any hope of escaping Hell. Without repentance,
Be sure they will burn in Hell.

"Vengance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord."
John wrote:
I am convinced I live in the land of idiots. It's not enough that...
1. His mother said on the 911 tape he was killing Willard and clarified it to the dispatcher by saying his name.
2. According to witnesses and once again a 911 tape of three calls his mother made he had already threatened to kill Willard twice.
3. His on admission on the stand before the jury of his involvement in the murder.
I guess these idiot jurors thought they had to actually be present at the murder scene while the murder was taking place in order to convict him. Who knows what they were thinking! The whole town of Kountze is blown away by this! I am sorely displeased with our justice system. Even calling it a "justice" system is a mockery to justice. This only confirms my belief that we are living in the last days. God's justice is true and righteous and I think it a dangerous thing to aquit the guilty and deny justice to the innocent.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

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