Did Rachael Pittman get away with MURDER
Another friend

San Jose, CA

#83 Nov 7, 2012
In the know wrote:
I've known this family for a long long time in the area. Rachel's Gramma had weirdos in her home all of the time. There was this lady that was always at her house and was coercing Rachel into doing things. Smoking pot. Rachel's parents asked the Gramma to keep this Dana lady away from her. Gramma went behind their backs and let this Dana woman still hang out with Dana. Dana is bad bad news. Dana threatened to kill Rachel's family so poor Rachel did things her mother didn't understand at all. Rachel was coerced into killing cuz her own family would be killed. I still don't know why this Dana lady is not being prosecuted also.
"Poor Rachel" MURDERED 3 innocent people!!! "Poor Rachel" had other options.
Another friend

San Jose, CA

#84 Nov 8, 2012
Is there anything different in the Texarkana Gazette today? This is from KSLA regarding yesterday's hearing:

Defense attorneys want teen's confession in triple murder thrown out
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 2:58 PM CST Updated: Nov 07, 2012 3:06 PM CST
By Carolyn Roy - bio | email

NEW BOSTON, TX (KSLA)-

Defense attorneys for the Redwater teen accused in the death of a Bowie County mother and her two children are trying to get statements she made to law enforcement thrown out.

17-year-old Rachel Pittman is charged as an adult with capital murder for May 2011 the deaths of 34-year-old Amanda Doss and 11-year-old Guinevere Doss and is facing a separate murder charge for 8-year-old Texas Johnson. Investigators say the three were murdered in their home before a fire was set to cover up the crime.
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At a hearing Wednesday in 202nd District Court in New Boston, Bowie County Sheriff James Prince testified that he received a call on August 12, 2011 from a woman who was 'hysterical.' He says he arranged to meet with her. When they met up at his truck, it was Rachel Pittman and her mother. Prince says Rachel Pittman told him, "I killed Amanda." From there, he says they went to the Bi-State Justice Center, where she was processed and gave an official statement.

Her father testified that he was not allowed to see her when he arrived at the jail, so that he could advise her not to talk without an attorney. But Prince says Pittman made it clear that she wanted to talk, and that she did not want anyone with her when she made the statement to investigators.

Pittman's attorney Tonda Curry argued that she was not processed properly under Texas law because she was taken directly to the Bi-State Justice Center instead of to a juvenile facility. He also argued that under the Texas Family Code, Pittman should not have been left alone without her parents or an attorney present when she made her official statement to authorities.

The judge who processed Pittman also testified, saying that the teen made the statement to her while holding the Bible. Judge Nancy Talley says Pittman was asked if she wanted an attorney twice, and the girl said no.

Judge Talley also testified that Pittman "knowingly and intelligently" waived her rights.

Judge Leon Peseck Jr. is expected to rule within a matter of days on whether to grant the defense motion to suppress her statements.

Pittman is set to go to trial on January 14 in Rusk County. Because she was 16 at the time of the crime, Pittman will not be eligible for the death penalty if convicted. She could face life in prison.

Copyright 2012 KSLA. All rights reserved.
United States Cat

United States

#85 Nov 8, 2012
Another friend, here is what's in the gazette.

Alleged confession under attack
Rachel Pittman accused in deaths of Doss family
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette

NEW BOSTON, Texas—A Bowie County district judge will determine in a few weeks if the alleged confession of a teen girl to the May 2011 murders of a mother and her two young children was legally obtained.

On Wednesday, 202nd District Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr. heard testimony from witnesses concerning the circumstances of Rachel Nicole Pittman’s first contact with law enforcement Aug. 12, 2011, the night her mother called Sheriff James Prince. Prince said he received a call about 9:30 p.m. that evening from a woman who was crying hysterically and claimed to have information about the killing of Amanda Doss, 34, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8.

Prince said he agreed to meet the woman in the parking lot of Guaranty Bond Bank at Kings Highway and U.S. Highway 67 just west of Texarkana, Texas. Prince said when he opened his passenger-side door, Pittman got inside.

“She said,‘I killed Amanda,’” Prince said of his first moments with the teen under questioning from First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd.

Prince said he read Pittman her Miranda rights before the two rode together in silence in Prince’s pickup, marked as a sheriff’s canine vehicle, to Bi-State Justice Building in downtown Texarkana. Pittman’s mother, Renee Pettigrew, followed.

Under questioning from Longview defense attorney Tonda Curry, Prince testified that he learned from Pettigrew that Pittman was 17 but had been 16 at the time of the triple homicide. Prince said he knew that under Texas Family Code, Pittman had to be handled as a juvenile because of her age at the time of the alleged offense.

Curry pressed Prince and other witnesses, including Sheriff’s Office investigator Robby McCarver and Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley, about the Sheriff Office’s designation as a Juvenile Processing Office. Under the family code, juveniles must be taken to a juvenile processing office to be informed of rights, fingerprinted and given an opportunity to provide a statement.

The code notes that a county’s juvenile board “may designate an office or a room, which may be located in a police facility or sheriff’s offices, as the juvenile processing office for the temporary detention of a child.”

Curry said she has not been able to find any documents in Bowie County designating any rooms or offices at the Sheriff’s Office as a juvenile processing office.

Prince said the entire Sheriff’s Office is designated to handle juveniles..

Prince said Talley informed Pittman of her rights with no others present, in Capt. Jeff Neal’s unlocked office, as required by law. Talley corroborated his testimony.

Curry questioned Prince, Talley and McCarver about Pittman’s rights to have a parent or a lawyer present with her at all times.

Prince said it was clear to him that Pittman wanted to talk and that she waived those rights.

Howard Pittman, Rachel Pittman’s father, testified that he was met by his friend, Texarkana defense attorney Jeff Collins, at the Bi-State but was not allowed to speak to or accompany his daughter.

McCarver said Pittman did not want her parents or Collins in the room when she gave her statement. McCarver said after Pittman was informed of her rights by Talley, he asked a question about the murders that had not been released to the public.

“I asked how they were killed,” McCarver said.“She said their throats were cut.”

McCarver said Rachel Pittman also pointed to a scar on her forearm she allegedly claimed she got during a scuffle with one of the alleged victims.

McCarver, Prince and Talley said Pittman’s demeanor was calm.

“She was matter-of-fact,” Talley said under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sutton.“She was holding the Bible. That was it.”

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Published: 11/08/2012
United States Cat

United States

#86 Nov 8, 2012
cont

After hearing testimony, Pesek gave each side until Nov. 16 to submit written briefs to the court on their position concerning the admissibility of Pittman’s alleged confession.

A likely issue is whether a parent can invoke a juvenile’s right to have a parent and/or attorney present or if the child has the right to waive such rights even if a parent wants to be present with an attorney.

Whether Neal’s office is a designated juvenile processing office as defined in the Texas Family Code also is a likely point of discussion.

Pittman is scheduled for trial Jan. 14 in Rusk County, where the case was moved because of pretrial publicity.

In the months that passed between the killings and Pittman’s arrest, a reward for information grew to more than $140,000. Television and news media published public pleas from Doss’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, for information.

The Prewetts rushed to their family’s aid in the predawn hours of May 11, 2011, after Wanda received a disturbing call from Guinevere around 4:30 a.m.

The Prewetts live about mile down the road from where Doss lived on Farm to Market Road 991 near Redwater, Texas.

Wanda Prewett said that during the brief call, Guinevere screamed for her mother before the call was dropped.

When the Prewetts arrived, the house was in flames. The couple suffered severe burns attempting to rescue their loved ones.

The case seemed to grow cold until Pettigrew’s call to Prince.

In the days after her alleged confession, Pittman was certified to stand trial as an adult. She was indicted on a charge of capital murder in Doss’ and Guinevere’s deaths. The offense is typically punishable by death by lethal injection or life without the possibility of parole. However, because Pittman was 16 at the time of the killings, she is only eligible to receive a term of life with parole eligibility after 40 years.

Pittman has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in Texas’ death. First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years in prison.
Another friend

United States

#87 Nov 9, 2012
United States Cat wrote:
cont
After hearing testimony, Pesek gave each side until Nov. 16 to submit written briefs to the court on their position concerning the admissibility of Pittman’s alleged confession.
A likely issue is whether a parent can invoke a juvenile’s right to have a parent and/or attorney present or if the child has the right to waive such rights even if a parent wants to be present with an attorney.
Whether Neal’s office is a designated juvenile processing office as defined in the Texas Family Code also is a likely point of discussion.
Pittman is scheduled for trial Jan. 14 in Rusk County, where the case was moved because of pretrial publicity.
In the months that passed between the killings and Pittman’s arrest, a reward for information grew to more than $140,000. Television and news media published public pleas from Doss’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, for information.
The Prewetts rushed to their family’s aid in the predawn hours of May 11, 2011, after Wanda received a disturbing call from Guinevere around 4:30 a.m.
The Prewetts live about mile down the road from where Doss lived on Farm to Market Road 991 near Redwater, Texas.
Wanda Prewett said that during the brief call, Guinevere screamed for her mother before the call was dropped.
When the Prewetts arrived, the house was in flames. The couple suffered severe burns attempting to rescue their loved ones.
The case seemed to grow cold until Pettigrew’s call to Prince.
In the days after her alleged confession, Pittman was certified to stand trial as an adult. She was indicted on a charge of capital murder in Doss’ and Guinevere’s deaths. The offense is typically punishable by death by lethal injection or life without the possibility of parole. However, because Pittman was 16 at the time of the killings, she is only eligible to receive a term of life with parole eligibility after 40 years.
Pittman has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in Texas’ death. First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years in prison.
Thank you again :)
another friend

San Jose, CA

#88 Dec 6, 2012
Judge will NOT allow the confession to be thrown out!!! Trial is set for January. No, Rachel Pittman will NOT get away with murder.

Can someone please post the Texarkana Gazette article for all to see? it's in today's paper!

Thank you in advance!!!
United States Cat

United States

#89 Dec 6, 2012
Here ya go.

Judge allows alleged confession
Rachel Pittman scheduled for trial in January
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette

The alleged confession in the murders of a mother and her two young children will be allowed in court.

Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr. of 202nd District Court ruled Wednesday that Rachel Nichole Pittman’s statement to law enforcement is admissible, despite recent objections from the teen’s attorneys.

Pittman was 16 when she allegedly stabbed to death Amanda Doss, 34, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8, on May 11, 2011, at the family’s home on Farm to Market Road 991 near Redwater, Texas.

Pittman’s mother, Renee Pettigrew, contacted Bowie County Sheriff James Prince Aug. 12, 2011, claiming to have information about the case. That evening, Pittman allegedly admitted to the triple homicide and to setting the fire that razed the family’s home in what authorities say was an attempt to cover up the slayings..

Before Pettigrew’s call, the case appeared to have grown cold and a reward for information leading to an arrest had grown to more than $140,000.

In briefs filed with Pesek, Pittman’s defense team, Scrappy Holmes and Tonda Curry, argued that Pittman’s statement should not be allowed in court because it was obtained in violation of the Texas Family Code and Pittman’s constitutional rights.

Holmes and Curry argued that Pittman was not properly warned of her rights, citing issues with a form used by Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley, the location where the statement was taken and the denial of her father’s request to be present with an attorney during questioning.

cont.
United States Cat

United States

#90 Dec 6, 2012
cont.

Pesek disagreed with Holmes and Curry in a 13-page document released Wednesday.

Pesek’s order, titled “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law,” states that given testimony on Pittman’s motion to suppress her statement at a hearing in November, Talley properly warned Pittman of her rights before and after the teen was interviewed by Bowie County deputy Robby McCarver.

Pesek addressed the complaint that Pittman’s statement was not taken in a juvenile processing office, as required by Texas Family Code for defendants younger than 17 at the time of an alleged criminal offense.

Pesek’s ruling notes that Prince arranged to meet Pettigrew and Pittman in a neutral place, a bank parking lot, where Pittman allegedly said,“I killed Amanda,” without solicitation from Prince.

Prince then read Pittman her rights and drove her to Bi-State Justice Building in downtown Texarkana. Prince testified that there was no further conversation between him and Pittman during the drive.

“After arriving at the Bi-State and being instructed by her father not to say anything, defendant made it clear she wanted to talk to law enforcement,” Pesek’s ruling states.“In addition, defendant was 17 years of age at the time she gave her statement. While she is still considered a juvenile for purposes of taking her statement ... at 17, defendant was old enough to determine whether or not she wanted to give her statement and whether or not she felt comfortable giving her statement in any particular office.”

Pesek refers also to testimony at the November hearing that Pittman “proactively and voluntarily desired to make her statement.”

The last issue Pesek addressed is the defense’s complaint that Pittman’s father was denied his request to be present with his attorney during questioning of his daughter.

“Defendant informed her father in no uncertain terms that she did not want her father or an attorney with her and that she wanted to give her statement,” the ruling states.

Pittman is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Doss and Guinevere. She is scheduled for trial in January in Rusk County, where the case was moved because of pretrial publicity.

An indictment for first-degree murder in Texas’ death is pending.

If convicted of capital murder, Pittman faces life with parole possible after 40 years. The punishment options for adults convicted of capital murder in Texas include life without parole or death by lethal injection.

Pittman, now 18, was 16 at the time of the triple slaying, so she faces a lesser penalty under Texas law.

First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

Pittman’s lawyers have given notice they intend to argue an insanity defense.



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Published: 12/06/2012
United States Cat

United States

#91 Jan 8, 2013
Jury selection to begin soon in capital murder trial for teen

By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette



A teen girl accused of killing a mother and two young children in 2011 appeared Monday for a final pretrial hearing in Bowie County.

Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Rachel Nicole Pittman, 18, is expected to begin Monday in Rusk County at a courthouse in Henderson, Texas. Pretrial publicity led 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek Jr. to transfer venue.

At Monday’s hearing, Pittman appeared with her lawyers, Scrappy Holmes and Tonda Curry of Longview, Texas. Pesek said the sheriff’s office intends to move Pittman on Wednesday from the Bi-State Justice Building jail in downtown Texarkana to the Rusk County Jail.

Pesek said he has set aside two weeks on the court’s schedule for the trial, though the prosecution, led by First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd, said the case could wrap up in less time.

Pittman is accused of stabbing to death Amanda Doss, 34, Guinivere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8, in the predawn hours of May 11 at the family’s home on Farm to Market Road 991 near Redwater, Texas, according to court documents and testimony offered at pretrial hearings used to create the following account.

Responding to a disturbing call from Guinivere about 4:30 a.m., Doss’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, rushed the short distance from their own home to their daughter’s. When they arrived, they found the house in flames. Investigators believe the blaze was set to destroy evidence, court documents state.

The Prewetts suffered severe burns attempting to rescue their daughter and grandchildren.

For three months, investigators searched for a suspect. The Prewetts made public pleas for information that would lead to an arrest. A reward grew to more than $140,000.

On Aug. 12, 2011, Pittman’s mother, Renee Pettigrew, called Bowie County Sheriff James Prince’s cellphone claiming to have information about the triple murders. Pettigrew declined the reward.

Prince arranged to meet Pettigrew in the parking lot of a local bank. There, he was approached by Pittman who allegedly stated,“I killed Amanda.”

That night, Pittman waived her rights to an attorney and to remain silent before making an alleged confession to the crimes.

Pittman has been behind bars since. Because she was 16 at the time of the killings, she faces a lower punishment range for capital murder than would an adult. Instead of life without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection, Pittman faces a maximum punishment of life with parole eligibility after 40 years.

Pittman has been charged with capital murder in connection with Doss’ and Guinivere’s deaths. A second indictment charging her with first-degree murder, punishable by five to 99 years or life, is pending in connection with Texas’ death.

Next week’s trial concerns Pittman’s capital murder indictment.

Holmes and Curry have filed notice that they will argue Pittman should not be held accountable for the slayings because of insanity.

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Published: 01/08/2013
Giggles

Texarkana, AR

#92 Jan 10, 2013
From what I understand, she took a plea deal last night. Anyone know anything about that?
YUUUP

Texarkana, TX

#93 Jan 10, 2013
Giggles wrote:
From what I understand, she took a plea deal last night. Anyone know anything about that?
Thats a shame, I was starting to hope she'd be acquitted or get off on some technicality.
United States Cat

United States

#94 Jan 11, 2013
DA says deal may be reached for Pittman
Attorneys for teen accused of killing Doss family propose plea bargain
By: Paige Alexander - Texarkana Gazette
1/11/13



Attorneys for a Redwater, Texas, teenager accused of killing a mother and her two children have made a proposal to avoid trial, Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle confirmed Thursday.

Rachel Nichole Pittman, 18, is accused of killing Amanda Doss, 34, and her children, Texas Johnson, 8, and Guinevere Doss, 11, inside their Redwater home May 11, 2011.

She was set to face trial for capital murder next week in a Rusk County courtroom, but Rochelle said her defense presented a proposal late Wednesday evening to avoid it.

“If she enters a plea, then obviously there will be no need for a trial, and no need to put the victims’ family through that ordeal,” he said.

Rochelle said he couldn’t disclose the terms of the offer until a court hearing scheduled for today before Judge Leon Pesek Jr. of the 202nd District Court.

Tonda Curry, one of the Longview, Texas, attorneys representing Pittman, on Thursday said she could not disclose details of the proposal until the hearing.

However, Rochelle said the family has accepted it, and if the proposal is accepted by the court, all appeals will be waived.

“In effect, this will be finished. It will give the family some much-needed closure,” he said.

The move would also avoid the cost of a trial.

Pesek moved the trial to Henderson, Texas, because of pretrial publicity. Jury selection was set to begin Monday for the capital murders of Doss and Guinevere.

Pittman was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Texas. No court hearings have been scheduled for that charge.

The proposal is for all victims, Rochelle said.

The teenager is faced life with parole possible after 40 years for the capital murder charges because in Texas, juveniles can’t be sentenced to death or life without parole.

Pittman was 16 at the time of the murders.

First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

Pittman is accused of stabbing the family and setting the home on fire to destroy evidence.

Doss’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, live a short distance from the Doss home on Farm to Market Road 991 outside Redwater. They rushed to the house after receiving a call from Guinevere about 4:30 a.m., screaming for her mother, before the line went dead.

The Prewetts arrived to find the home engulfed, and suffered severe burns trying to pull their family from the fire.

Pittman was arrested Aug. 13, 2011, after her mother, Renee Pettigrew, called Bowie County Sheriff James Prince the night before, saying she had information about the murders.

Court testimony revealed Prince met Pittman and Pettigrew in a bank parking lot Aug. 12, and Pittman allegedly confessed to the killings.

Prince drove Pittman to the Bi-State Justice Building in Texarkana, where she was later arrested. She has been in jail on a $3 million bond.

Officials have not released a possible motive or many details of the crime.

However, during an Aug. 13, 2011, news conference announcing Pittman’s arrest, Prince said she was a Doss family acquaintance who allegedly acted alone.

A reward for information leading to an arrest grew to about $145,000 in the months between the murders and the arrest, but Pittman’s mother declined the money.

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Another Friend

Tucker, GA

#95 Jan 11, 2013
United States Cat wrote:
DA says deal may be reached for Pittman
Attorneys for teen accused of killing Doss family propose plea bargain
By: Paige Alexander - Texarkana Gazette
1/11/13



Attorneys for a Redwater, Texas, teenager accused of killing a mother and her two children have made a proposal to avoid trial, Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle confirmed Thursday.

Rachel Nichole Pittman, 18, is accused of killing Amanda Doss, 34, and her children, Texas Johnson, 8, and Guinevere Doss, 11, inside their Redwater home May 11, 2011.

She was set to face trial for capital murder next week in a Rusk County courtroom, but Rochelle said her defense presented a proposal late Wednesday evening to avoid it.

“If she enters a plea, then obviously there will be no need for a trial, and no need to put the victims’ family through that ordeal,” he said.

Rochelle said he couldnÂ’t disclose the terms of the offer until a court hearing scheduled for today before Judge Leon Pesek Jr. of the 202nd District Court.

Tonda Curry, one of the Longview, Texas, attorneys representing Pittman, on Thursday said she could not disclose details of the proposal until the hearing.

However, Rochelle said the family has accepted it, and if the proposal is accepted by the court, all appeals will be waived.

“In effect, this will be finished. It will give the family some much-needed closure,” he said.

The move would also avoid the cost of a trial.

Pesek moved the trial to Henderson, Texas, because of pretrial publicity. Jury selection was set to begin Monday for the capital murders of Doss and Guinevere.

Pittman was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Texas. No court hearings have been scheduled for that charge.

The proposal is for all victims, Rochelle said.

The teenager is faced life with parole possible after 40 years for the capital murder charges because in Texas, juveniles canÂ’t be sentenced to death or life without parole.

Pittman was 16 at the time of the murders.

First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

Pittman is accused of stabbing the family and setting the home on fire to destroy evidence.

DossÂ’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, live a short distance from the Doss home on Farm to Market Road 991 outside Redwater. They rushed to the house after receiving a call from Guinevere about 4:30 a.m., screaming for her mother, before the line went dead.

The Prewetts arrived to find the home engulfed, and suffered severe burns trying to pull their family from the fire.

Pittman was arrested Aug. 13, 2011, after her mother, Renee Pettigrew, called Bowie County Sheriff James Prince the night before, saying she had information about the murders.

Court testimony revealed Prince met Pittman and Pettigrew in a bank parking lot Aug. 12, and Pittman allegedly confessed to the killings.

Prince drove Pittman to the Bi-State Justice Building in Texarkana, where she was later arrested. She has been in jail on a $3 million bond.

Officials have not released a possible motive or many details of the crime.

However, during an Aug. 13, 2011, news conference announcing PittmanÂ’s arrest, Prince said she was a Doss family acquaintance who allegedly acted alone.

A reward for information leading to an arrest grew to about $145,000 in the months between the murders and the arrest, but PittmanÂ’s mother declined the money.

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She did plead guilty. She has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole not before 30 years.
Thank God the family won't have to go thru a trial.
awhellnaw

Texarkana, TX

#96 Jan 11, 2013
YUUUP wrote:
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Thats a shame, I was starting to hope she'd be acquitted or get off on some technicality.
SERIOUSLY! you are SICK fool! SHAME ON YOU!
United States Cat

United States

#97 Jan 11, 2013
Another Friend wrote:
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She did plead guilty. She has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole not before 30 years.
Thank God the family won't have to go thru a trial.
I saw that on the news this evening. If the family is satisfied, so am I.
GEEZ

Whitney, TX

#98 Jan 11, 2013
United States Cat wrote:
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I saw that on the news this evening. If the family is satisfied, so am I.
HOLY CRAP YOU IDIOT! The family is never going to be satisfied! what kind of dope are you on? AND who gives a shit how you feel about it or anything for that matter you moron!!!!!!
William Tell

United States

#99 Jan 12, 2013
I'm not a good writer to begin with, so please bear with me as I am only going to write this once with a stream of thought based on my knowledge.
Before this, I use to trust prople like Jerry Rochelle. Rachel wanted to turn herself in and did. Why did the D.A. say the defense attorneys requested a plea for a reduced sentence? The D.A. lied again. The defense did not offer a plea reduction from Capital Murder to Murder as was reported in the paper and "on the record" in court today. It was, in fact, the D.A. that had Mike Bishop make the call to the defense attorneys and offer THEM a reduced sentence. Rachel and Rachel alone chose to accept it. This was done only AFTER ...YES AFTER the psychiatrist hired by the county (to assess Rachel's condition) made the same diagnosis as both the psychiatrist and psychologist hired by the defense! Their mutual diagnosis: paranoid schizophrenia!(It is a horrible genetic disease that usually begins to show around age 17 to 21 in females. It can begin earlier if marujuana is consumed. In this case, both Dana and Amanda provided not only marijuana, but also alchohol to a minor).
Why did the D.A want it to appear as though the defense made the request for a plea? Follow this line of thought: which would look better for a politician who is seeking re-election? Imagine that. Jerry Rochelle, integrity should matter more than looking good any way you can in order to keep your job. I can't blame them much though. Such behavior is expected of politicians in these times. Jerry, the little things you do, beyond doing your job, do matter; the real truth matters. That is why I am writing this. So many people have said, "Something just isn't right here". I will tell you what I know.
It was Rachel that wanted to turn herself in. Her mother made the call and drove her to meet Sherrif Prince at Rachel's request. It was Rachel, AFTER being told she had the worst mental disease known, who chose to waive her right to trial and pursue the "guilty but insane" venue which is termed "innocent by reason of insanity" in the state of Texas.(cont below)
William Tell

United States

#100 Jan 12, 2013
(part 2)
Unfortunately, most people (Jurors) have the misperception that a defendant would go scott free if such a verdict was rendered. She would instead, go to a maximum security hospital prison. Unfortunately, Texas law specifically forbids the Prosecution, the Court, and the defense from telling any jury the outcome of an "innocent by reason of insanity" verdict. It was Rachel who chose not to put the Prewett's, Doss' and Brad Johnson through a trial and the pain of exposing other painful details. She chose to spare them more hurt. She understands the hurt she has caused them and is at peace with going to prison. When growing up, she always protected smaller or special needs children from bullies. But for the combination of the schizophrenia and the malicious prodding by a manipulative Dana Epps, all our lives would not be turned upside down.
While "competent" to stand trial, she has not been treated yet and suffered additional delusions while in prison. She still believes people are out to kill her family members.
The Bottom Line: uncontrollable paranoid schizophrenic delusions and the prodding and evil manipulation by Dana Lynn Epps, as the psychiatrist said, "created the perfect storm of delusions and fear inherent to paranoid schizophrenia, that pushed her over the edge." Dana called Rachel hundreds of times leading up to this. Dana called her many times after that trying to convince Rachel to kill herself. She continued to call Rachel and said nothing to anyone about this. Dana then waited until the reward money was high enough and made a call to get the reward money. Dana then called Rachel's Grandmother to ask, "If I came into a lot of money, would you come live with me?", on several occasions.
There is so much to this that the press will never hear. The D.A. Will never look into the involvement of Dana Epps because it did not support their goals. They don't care that a serious disease, not evil intent, was the cause. The only state that is advanced enough in their thinking regarding schizophrenia is Washington. We have policies that are based on ignorance or political expediency. Their dishonesty on even the small matter of who really offered a plea in order to look "strong" is very telling.
All that being said, I am sick with grief over the loss of Amanda, Gwuinevere and Texas. I pray for God's grace for them. I pray that they will understand this was caused by a serious disease that makes the imaginary seem as real as the ground under your feet. I pray to Christ that they find peace that comes through forgiveness. Rachel has repented and has asked forgiveness. Saul murdered many innocent Christians before he was struck down on the road to Damascus, repented, was given forgiveness and salvation. He became a new man with a new name and led many to salvation. Rachel could have said nothing, but she knew something was wrong with her. She realized Dana had and was continuing to manipulate her and tried to convince her to kill herself. She began reading the Bible on the school bus every day, she became convicted of her sin, asked for forgiveness and chose to come forward. Thank you for reading this. Please pray for both families. Please share this with your Pastors and others. Thanks to Judge Pesek for your kind words.
William Tell

United States

#101 Jan 12, 2013
(part 1) I'm not a good writer to begin with, so please bear with me as I am only going to write this once with a stream of thought based on my knowledge.
Before this, I use to trust prople like Jerry Rochelle. Rachel wanted to turn herself in and did. Why did the D.A. say the defense attorneys requested a plea for a reduced sentence? The D.A. lied again. The defense did not offer a plea reduction from Capital Murder to Murder as was reported in the paper and "on the record" in court today. It was, in fact, the D.A. that had Mike Bishop make the call to the defense attorneys and offer THEM a reduced sentence. Rachel and Rachel alone chose to accept it. This was done only AFTER ...YES AFTER the psychiatrist hired by the county (to assess Rachel's condition) made the same diagnosis as both the psychiatrist and psychologist hired by the defense! Their mutual diagnosis: paranoid schizophrenia!(It is a horrible genetic disease that usually begins to show around age 17 to 21 in females. It can begin earlier if marujuana is consumed. In this case, both Dana and Amanda provided not only marijuana, but also alchohol to a minor).
Why did the D.A want it to appear as though the defense made the request for a plea? Follow this line of thought: which would look better for a politician who is seeking re-election? Imagine that. Jerry Rochelle, integrity should matter more than looking good any way you can in order to keep your job. I can't blame them much though. Such behavior is expected of politicians in these times. Jerry, the little things you do, beyond doing your job, do matter; the real truth matters. That is why I am writing this. So many people have said, "Something just isn't right here". I will tell you what I know.
It was Rachel that wanted to turn herself in. Her mother made the call and drove her to meet Sherrif Prince at Rachel's request. It was Rachel, AFTER being told she had the worst mental disease known, who chose to waive her right to trial and pursue the "guilty but insane" venue which is termed "innocent by reason of insanity" in the state of Texas
Big Red

New Boston, TX

#102 Jan 12, 2013
The DA's office had to offer a plea because they don't have anyone that can handle a murder case.

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