Megargel Murder

Sep 15, 2008 Read more: KAUZ 81

A brutal stabbing in Megargel leaves one Texoma man dead and another behind bars.

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bobby w

San Angelo, TX

#1 Sep 16, 2008
Just wondering if anyone knew the real story behind stabbing. Have heard that it was over $100.00, or that the guy that was stabbed would not take the blame for running over a guy a couple of months back that the stabber had run over and was about to go to trial. The guy that did the stabbing is pretty high up in the arian circle as told to me by archer co. deputy.
Mac Sway

San Angelo, TX

#2 Sep 16, 2008
Have heard the same thing thru grape vine. Think they were the ones that were doing all the burgularies and thefts in Megargel. Arian Circle is a pretty rough prison gang. These guys came out of Waco and moved to Megargel
Piney Richards

United States

#3 Oct 13, 2008
Crime is rampant in Archer County, more than authorities would have the public Believe. Contrary to Sheriff Daniels comments, Ross Richards and Garland Ballentine "were not good friends and hanging out together for a few days". He could have contacted Ross's parents instead of taking the word of a neighbor. I don't want the law to look at Ross as someone who didn't matter. He did and still does matter, Ross was my son.
Piney Richards

United States

#4 Oct 13, 2008
Continued from above comment:

He was my son and his death will not be in vain. I will search out all the events leading up to his murder. I am not afraid.
Mac Sway

San Angelo, TX

#5 Oct 30, 2008
Good for you Piney, there is more to Ballentine than law enforcement is telling. The Archer county sheriff dept. seem to never be in Megargel and do not patrol that part of the county. There was a break in at a house there. The SO was called, the dispatcher did not even know where his deputy's were. And guess what, a deputy did not ever show up. I waited for 4 hours and they never showed.
Jeromy Ballentine

United States

#6 Nov 2, 2008
Ross and Garland was friends, and they both was very high on drugs, and it could of been either one of them that could of been dead. My heart does go out to Ross and his family. I was very good friends with Ross and I loved him very much, and I wish things would of been different than things turned out. One thing I know is that Garland and Ross was good friends and if it was not for the drugs this would of never happend.
Piney Richards

United States

#7 Nov 14, 2008
I will admit that Ross Richards and Garland Ballentine were acquaintances, but absolutely not good or best friends, and I very much disagree to the statement that "either one could have been dead." Ross was not aggressive and has never liked conflict. Only a person with a volatile nature could kill in anger. Ross had a gentle nature and could not kill anyone under any circumstances. Ask anyone who truely was his friend or loved him very much. And one thing I know for sure is that Ross would still be alive if the Ballentine family had stayed in Waco. Recently I made the comment that if I had a choice, I would rather my son be murdered than be a murderer. I never thought this would actually happen. I would not wish this constant despair and pain on any mother or father, not even Garlands.
jeremy ballentine

United States

#8 Nov 17, 2008
you know that they was buddys when they did drugs and my brother did not know where to get them but ross had all the hook ups. he live there his whole life and thats how they hung out and my family hated that. i am real sorry ross was my frenid and i wish it was not this way and i would give anything to change it.
jeremy ballentine

United States

#9 Nov 17, 2008
i hope you dont take any thing the wrong way.
bobby w

San Angelo, TX

#10 Nov 20, 2008
All I know is that since Ballentine has been locked up and his other family members are being watched, most of the crime in Megargel has stopped according to Archer co SO. Good job Archer co SO.
Piney Richards

United States

#11 Dec 10, 2008
Ross is not here to defend himself against any accusations and he can't give an account of what happened to him. Dead men can't talk. He knew I would take care of his affairs and everything dear to him. He is my blood.
I want to believe there is sorrow, and the desire to change things if possible. But there can be a genuine change now. I feel Garland would not want his precious little children, nieces, and nephews to follow in his footsteps. Surely he would want better for them, to lead clean productive lives. He has the power to expose all of the "hook-ups" from Megargel to Wichita Falls 32nd St. Forget loyalty to the bro's and anyone else. A fathers love for his children, his own blood, should come first.
Kasey Robbins

Wichita Falls, TX

#12 Dec 18, 2008
I met Ross about 6 years ago and he and I were friends. I hadn't seen him in about 4 years and I just recently heard about this tragedy. I am so sorry for the loss, Ross was a good man.
Amanda

Waco, TX

#13 Dec 30, 2008
I don't know everything that happened that and most of us can't know because we weren't there but I have known Garland for most of my life and family means the world to him. He may make some bad choices but no one can say they have never made bad choices. I hope that Garland does stay aways from those who choose to continue to make bad choices but the fact is that we can't make up his mind for him. I am very sorry that a life was lost and I wish none of this would of ever happened.

secondly you can't say crime is down because they are not living there and those who remain are being watched, that doesn't mean crap because after something like this happens it is common knowledge that after a murder or accident like this there will be many cops around the area so of course crime will be down not all people are stupid enough to continue breaking the law where they know many cops will be. I'm sure they have moved on to another area or you just don't know about the crimes taking place.

Life is a gift and to many people take it for advantage till it is lost. My mom passed when I was young and I try to always remember to live each day to the fullest. I'm sorry for what happened but no matter what I know that Mr. Ballentine is a good man and wishes none of this would of ever happened and no matter the outcome I love him and will always stand beside him, he is one of the best friends that I have ever had.

I hope no one thinks I'm being just plain rude or mean but I have been watching these post and try to keep looking at them and I finally felt that it was time to voice my small piece.
Mac Sway

San Angelo, TX

#14 Jan 19, 2009
Does anyone know when Ballentines trial is going to be. I want to go.
Brenda

Eldorado, TX

#15 Feb 11, 2009
I others i have been watching those and other posts and i think it is time someone said this:

I am certain that since Sept.,13th there are still NO police paroling the streets of Laredo, I mean Megargel. A person can do whatever they want, But so far there been No trouble....

I have heard the trial could be as early as March.
Elicia Richards

United States

#16 Feb 15, 2009
I Miss My Brother, My Brother Of Real Blood...
Marsha Stilwater

Olney, TX

#17 Feb 27, 2009
jeremy ballentine wrote:
you know that they was buddys when they did drugs and my brother did not know where to get them but ross had all the hook ups. he live there his whole life and thats how they hung out and my family hated that. i am real sorry ross was my frenid and i wish it was not this way and i would give anything to change it.
I know that is BS Garland had many "hook-ups" in Wichita Falls where he purchased drugs, without Ross being there. That doesn't even matter there should have never been a life taken. We all know that Garland had a temper, and it wasn't the first time he had been in trouble with the law. He also shot at a peace officer of which he just got out of prison for. He has a rap sheet bigger than Ross ever thought of having.
Ross might have been headed down the wrong path but he didn't deserve to lose his life! My heart goes out to the Richard family,and you all are in my prayers....God Bless You
Ginny

Hemphill, TX

#18 Mar 3, 2009
all this over choosing a way of life that is not productive or rewarding.It's bad enough that we the law abiding citizens have to share our streets,neighborhoods,and tax dollars with those that choose to break the law.I am saddened that one life was lost and another forever with the only haunting knowledge of what really happened.A choice is always put before us on how to handle situations.A person can be at the wrong place at the wrong time and something bad still happen, but it Sounds like these two young men could have made better choices long ago.so sad because as usual the ones left behind are the ones that pay the heavy price of heartache and the tax payers keep on paying.
Jeremy

United States

#19 Mar 7, 2009
I knew ross since i was a little boy and we went to church together. I grew up with him and I know alot about him and what he did and did not do. I never once saw ross get in a fight or be violent towards anyone. just my 2 cents. A good friend is dead and is with the lord. please think of his family and his wife and new baby.
Elizabeth Richards - Wife

Olney, TX

#20 Mar 12, 2009
Yes I know Ross might have made some wrong decisions but that does not make him a bad person. You really haven't done your research in what really happened before you wrote your comment. He was a VERY loving man and an honest man and he worked just as hard as anyone else. You would have been lucky to know him I know I was...we all were. Ross never had the chance to meet his son Ross Lee Richards who is now 7wks old, because Garland Ballentine and Jeremy Ballentine ROBBED Ross of that experience. I was 6 months pregnant with our son when I got that horrible call. Ross was extremly leary of these men and yet he could not tell them no because he tried to see the best in everyone. I wish you didn't think of this horrific tragedy as "WASTED TAX DOLLARS" His parents and all of us including Ross has paid for this (SITUATION) in more ways than just tax dollars. The people who loved Ross have paid enough taxes in their life time to pay for this "SITUATION" 20 times over. So please keep your judgemental comments to yourself:) You should be asshamed of your coldness to someone else's tragedy.
Sincerly Elizabeth Richards
(Ross's Wife)
Ginny wrote:
all this over choosing a way of life that is not productive or rewarding.It's bad enough that we the law abiding citizens have to share our streets,neighborhoods,and tax dollars with those that choose to break the law.I am saddened that one life was lost and another forever with the only haunting knowledge of what really happened.A choice is always put before us on how to handle situations.A person can be at the wrong place at the wrong time and something bad still happen, but it Sounds like these two young men could have made better choices long ago.so sad because as usual the ones left behind are the ones that pay the heavy price of heartache and the tax payers keep on paying.

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