Arrest made in child's 2001 slaying

Arrest made in child's 2001 slaying

There are 41 comments on the San Antonio Express-News story from Aug 9, 2008, titled Arrest made in child's 2001 slaying. In it, San Antonio Express-News reports that:

Nearly seven years after 22-month-old Cheriko Ressler died from head trauma, Bandera County investigators on Friday arrested his mother's former housemate, Steven Veselka, on a charge of capital murder.

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anny

Quitman, AR

#21 Oct 3, 2008
I ask a simple question shadow about the court date which is trying to get information. yet you decide to tell me this isn't a help line. and you post "we all exchange information and our knowledge grow and expands as we try understand what is happening here." Thanks for your double standards
SHADOW

Fredericksburg, TX

#22 Oct 5, 2008
Simple questions come from simple people.
Sorry about the double standard but with you I just couldn't help myself.
Now read the story and exchange some information.
No more BS from OK, ok?
h and d

United States

#23 Oct 26, 2008
i personally knew steve vaselka when he hung around my ex. he was a violent spoiled man. some of his criminal records were used in my divorce because of crimes he commited with my ex. i have first hand knowledge about the violence he commited against women. it would be nothing for him to kill a child.
h and d

United States

#24 Oct 26, 2008
Carlene Jackson wrote:
I am Cheriko Russler's grandmother, he called me Nana. I am so thankful that something has finilly been done in the death of my grandson. I want to thank the people that made this happen. It took seven years for my prayers to be answered, and I pray that justice for my grandson will come from the arest of Steven Veselka.But what ever happens, he will still have to met his maker one day! God bless, Carlene Jackson
i knew steve and my ex said he was guilty . i hope you find peace
h and d

United States

#25 Oct 26, 2008
crooked is not the word2 wrote:
i meet steve, meet him in Feb of this year watched
him and jason stewart do some MAJOR drug dealing who he hangs with speaks for itself.Jason was there when that happened in 2001. he should be held accountable also. Guilty by association.
my ex was david shenk who hung with this group especially these two.
Austin fella

Austin, TX

#27 Jan 17, 2009
Here's a good idea... get the hell out of that podunk shithole of a town. Oh wait... then you couldn't live for free at your parents.
BSS

Jacksonville, FL

#29 May 19, 2010
mlr wrote:
the post being made by h and d are being made by someone impersonating the faily of david shenk.whoever is doing t needs to stop we believe in people being innocent until proved otherwise. david neve thought stev did this. and this is not the only post where someone has impersonated the shenk family. be man enough to use your own name
David Shenk did think (knew) Steve did this and people have impersonated Dave's whole family to voice their views on this. Before David died he thought Steve was a low down murdering piece of shit and David's surviving loved one's feel the same way. David had his faults but he died knowing the truth. The real MLR would never have used such poor spelling or defended Steve.
hes guilty

Waterloo, Canada

#30 Jun 4, 2010
Concerned citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
I do have children and grandchildren and I know that this family must have suffered a great loss. AT the same time I'm sure they want the right person to be punished.
The person that is accused of this is also someones son and grandson and I am sure this family is also suffering great pain at this time. This is why it is so important that this person receives a fair trial, not one based on pre-determined opinions that have been fueled by the media and comments by people that probably don't really know what happened.
Granted, our judicial system is not perfect, but it is all we have.
It is his Moms fault how he is! She can't get him out of this though!
Agreed

United States

#31 Jun 20, 2010
hes guilty wrote:
<quoted text> It is his Moms fault how he is! She can't get him out of this though!
Not only is he guilty but its both his Mom and Dads fault he is the slimy piece of crap he is. His dad should have grown a set of balls and made his son and bitch wife behave years ago. Steves dad knows he is guilty. And the next time Mom and Pop Veselka decide to park their car in front of somebody's home who could help the prosecution and try to intimidate them they should make sure that person does not own several hand guns and doesn't have a spouse who will beat the hell out of anybody who tries to harm his family. And they should stay and state their purpose for sitting in front of the persons home when that person picks up a bat and charges their car. Priceless they found out not everybody is scared of them or their fat ass son and not everybody can be paid off by them. Park in front of somebodies home again and maybe you can go be with your son in jail for stalking.
he is guilty

Fort Worth, TX

#32 Jun 27, 2010
anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
you know, i found this website by accident. I typed in my best friends name to see what would pop up and i found this forum. so i would like to comment on a few. i have known steve for over 15 yrs and i know he is not capable of this. he is someone's son and his mother, family, and friends are grieving. Kerrville and Bandera are one in the same around here. The d.a. plays golf with the judge and the a.d.a. marries the baliff. and the dopefene from d.c. what does it tell us about your character that you sat around and watched "MAJOR drug dealing" shouldnt you be guilty by association also? and last time i checked "MAJOR drug dealing" didnt make you a murderer!
I am glad you have admitted your boyfriend is a major drug dealer (or was this Steve himself) how true. while you are all grieving your fat ass supplier being locked up how many of you are grieving for Cheriko.

Since: Sep 10

Kerrville

#33 Sep 1, 2010
Steve Veselka pled guilty today! Finally! We have been waiting for this day for at least nine years!
The skateboarder who died was not at steve's home the day of the fatal child abuse. He provided solid evidence to this fact during the initial grand jury.
unknown

Kerrville, TX

#34 Sep 2, 2010
your friend just admitted to murdering the child in court and only got 20 years.
unknown

Kerrville, TX

#35 Sep 2, 2010
tthree wrote:
Steve Veselka pled guilty today! Finally! We have been waiting for this day for at least nine years!
The skateboarder who died was not at steve's home the day of the fatal child abuse. He provided solid evidence to this fact during the initial grand jury.
thank God, but he should of been sentenced more time. i just can't believe that someone can actually do this to a baby.
Sarah

United States

#36 Sep 2, 2010
tthree wrote:
Steve Veselka pled guilty today! Finally! We have been waiting for this day for at least nine years!
The skateboarder who died was not at steve's home the day of the fatal child abuse. He provided solid evidence to this fact during the initial grand jury.
What happened to Steves girlfriend who kept popping up saying he was innocent. He was in jail when the last statement saying he was innocent showed up and I know that no men in Kerr County would defend him (his dad has no b*lls and does not count) all the people he grew up with or called friends abandoned his butt. People tried to say the girlfriend was very rich and a saint. What kind of nice girl would defend him after all this. Or was it his Mom , who was his second girlfriend(that was a sick relationship) making the statements. When law enforcement talked to me a year ago they said his girlfriend was a wonderful girl. Horses*it I say .
And I know for a fact that modern tech proved Jonathon was elsewhere at the time of the murder and that 2 other people who saw him that day are dead now. It is so sad. Nobody believes he was there. We all know Steve did this and his Mom helped clean it up. There is a hot place in hell waiting for Steve,his mom and dad. And they will all be there in a few years.
sarah

United States

#37 Sep 2, 2010
Agreed wrote:
<quoted text> Not only is he guilty but its both his Mom and Dads fault he is the slimy piece of crap he is. His dad should have grown a set of balls and made his son and bitch wife behave years ago. Steves dad knows he is guilty. And the next time Mom and Pop Veselka decide to park their car in front of somebody's home who could help the prosecution and try to intimidate them they should make sure that person does not own several hand guns and doesn't have a spouse who will beat the hell out of anybody who tries to harm his family. And they should stay and state their purpose for sitting in front of the persons home when that person picks up a bat and charges their car. Priceless they found out not everybody is scared of them or their fat ass son and not everybody can be paid off by them. Park in front of somebodies home again and maybe you can go be with your son in jail for stalking.
How funny . That was David S ex-wife and she went for gold swinging at the Veselkas vehicle when they parked in front of her home a few months ago. She is a firecracker and so is her husband (ex special opps). That would have been the ass beating of the lifetime had she pulled them out of the car. There are some people not impressed with money and who respect the law. She thought they were a joke 15 years ago when she first met them and thinks worse of them now. All the posts here claiming she thought Steve was innocent were made by Steve ,his girlfriend and mom. They knew she had some good crap on Steve. Why would they go to a home of a licensed hand gun owner who never backed down to them once. She threw Steves mom out of her home 15 years ago and actively harasses Steves mom when she sees her in Kerrville.
Truth Prevails

Kerrville, TX

#38 Sep 3, 2010
unknown wrote:
your friend just admitted to murdering the child in court and only got 20 years.
prosecutor Lucy Wilke struck the agreement, under which Veselka didn't admit harming Cheriko Ressler.

Veselka opted to plead to injury to a child when the state stipulated it was “by omission,” Campion said, adding:“That means he did not intervene when he otherwise would have been legally obligated to do so.”
These are quotes from The Express News.

The prosecutor agreed that Steve Veselka did not even harm Cheriko much less murder Cheriko. The prosecutor agreed with the evidence. Steve Veselka's mistake was "by omission" he did not know he was suppose to take the child to the doctor for the bruises Cheiko's own mother had left on him.

In a statement from a police witness, Cheriko before he died, said Mama hit me.
The stupid schmuck,Veselka, believed Cheriko's mother when she said he fell and hit his head. Thats what drugs will do for you, schmuck.

Murder charges were completely dropped against Veselka. Veselka pled guilty to a pending drug charge.

For Cheriko, some people should never be allowed to have kids, this is why the state protected your sister and completely took away all your mother’s (Becky Sturgis’s) parental rights. Your mother, Becky Sturgis can never have custody of her living child again.
Becky Sturgis had drug and mental problems. There are phyciatrict records. Apparently her family didn't care enough to help her and they didn't help you and your sister either. You had no choice, They did. These same people who now profess to care Where were they when you were alive and needed their help?
Little one , I pray that you rest in peace and I cry for the suffering you went thru in your short life. I also pray for your mother's tormented soul, I can't begin to imagine her demons in living with herself.
telle

Houston, TX

#39 Sep 3, 2010
Truth Prevails wrote:
<quoted text>
prosecutor Lucy Wilke struck the agreement, under which Veselka didn't admit harming Cheriko Ressler.
Veselka opted to plead to injury to a child when the state stipulated it was “by omission,” Campion said, adding:“That means he did not intervene when he otherwise would have been legally obligated to do so.”
These are quotes from The Express News.
The prosecutor agreed that Steve Veselka did not even harm Cheriko much less murder Cheriko. The prosecutor agreed with the evidence. Steve Veselka's mistake was "by omission" he did not know he was suppose to take the child to the doctor for the bruises Cheiko's own mother had left on him.
In a statement from a police witness, Cheriko before he died, said Mama hit me.
The stupid schmuck,Veselka, believed Cheriko's mother when she said he fell and hit his head. Thats what drugs will do for you, schmuck.
Murder charges were completely dropped against Veselka. Veselka pled guilty to a pending drug charge.
For Cheriko, some people should never be allowed to have kids, this is why the state protected your sister and completely took away all your mother’s (Becky Sturgis’s) parental rights. Your mother, Becky Sturgis can never have custody of her living child again.
Becky Sturgis had drug and mental problems. There are phyciatrict records. Apparently her family didn't care enough to help her and they didn't help you and your sister either. You had no choice, They did. These same people who now profess to care Where were they when you were alive and needed their help?
Little one , I pray that you rest in peace and I cry for the suffering you went thru in your short life. I also pray for your mother's tormented soul, I can't begin to imagine her demons in living with herself.
Laverne everybody knows this is you. Knock it off nobody is fooled. You have just as much blood on your hands as your son. I hope he enjoys what is coming to him in prison. You also have no right to question anybodies parenting skills. Your relationship with your son appeared incestuous . You had a sick relationship with your chubby son and everybody knows it. He is a murderer and you know because you helped clean the crime scene.
telle

Houston, TX

#40 Sep 3, 2010
anonymous wrote:
innocent until proven guilty
He is a copy of lying bitch Laverne's son Steve Veselkas criminal records.
All the drug charges dropped because he snitched on people.
JL40444
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

10/16/2001

11/09/2001

Texas Department of Public Safety

CRIMINAL TRESPASS - HABITATION/SHELTER CENTER

MAN DEL CS ANALOGUE PG 1 >=1G<4G

MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G<4G

OBSTRUCTION OR RETALIATION

UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT
JL43235
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

07/23/2002

07/23/2002

Kerr County Sheriff's Office

ASSLT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER
JL43514
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

08/22/2002

08/22/2002


INTERFER W/EMERGENCY CALL
JLC8969047
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon


04/15/1998

TASK FORCE

DEL MARIJ <= 5LBS > 1/4 OZ
04166-08
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

08/08/2008

12/26/2008

Kerr County Sheriff's Office

BANDERA CO/CAPITAL MURDER
00270-10
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

01/23/2010

01/30/2010

Kerrville Police Department

MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G DRUG FREE ZONE
00843-10
Main Jail

Veselka, Steven Shannon

03/13/2010

08/26/2010

Kerr County Sheriff's Office

MAN DEL CS PG 1 <1G

MAN DEL CS PG 1 <1G

MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G<4G
anon

Rexburg, ID

#42 Sep 6, 2010
Truth Prevails wrote:
<quoted text>
prosecutor Lucy Wilke struck the agreement, under which Veselka didn't admit harming Cheriko Ressler.
Veselka opted to plead to injury to a child when the state stipulated it was “by omission,” Campion said, adding:“That means he did not intervene when he otherwise would have been legally obligated to do so.”
These are quotes from The Express News.
The prosecutor agreed that Steve Veselka did not even harm Cheriko much less murder Cheriko. The prosecutor agreed with the evidence. Steve Veselka's mistake was "by omission" he did not know he was suppose to take the child to the doctor for the bruises Cheiko's own mother had left on him.
In a statement from a police witness, Cheriko before he died, said Mama hit me.
The stupid schmuck,Veselka, believed Cheriko's mother when she said he fell and hit his head. Thats what drugs will do for you, schmuck.
Murder charges were completely dropped against Veselka. Veselka pled guilty to a pending drug charge.
For Cheriko, some people should never be allowed to have kids, this is why the state protected your sister and completely took away all your mother’s (Becky Sturgis’s) parental rights. Your mother, Becky Sturgis can never have custody of her living child again.
Becky Sturgis had drug and mental problems. There are phyciatrict records. Apparently her family didn't care enough to help her and they didn't help you and your sister either. You had no choice, They did. These same people who now profess to care Where were they when you were alive and needed their help?
Little one , I pray that you rest in peace and I cry for the suffering you went thru in your short life. I also pray for your mother's tormented soul, I can't begin to imagine her demons in living with herself.
A1-21913 HINDER APPREHENSION/PROSECUTION KNOWN FELON BANDERA 216TH DC 10/14/2001
20,000.00
Surety Bond
0.00 Rel-Conv

PRICELESS MOMMA VESELKA WENT TO JAIL TOO. CHECK OUT THE NASTY BITCHES MUG SHOT AT KERR COUNTY RECORDS WEBSITE UNDER JAIL RECORDS
formerlyknownasr attle

United States

#43 Nov 6, 2010
Well I also know 2 sides to this man the one who could make every one lauph uncontrollably for a min or two and the lying cheat thief of thief's I speek on a more personal note he stole a guitar and case of mine.my mother bought for me just before she passed on it was my mostvalued of possession I was all I had left he didn't care he asked me to come jam out with him and I fell asleap after jamming woke up and it was gone its people like that piece of trash that made me hate what drugs do to people the reason I pity what sorry ass people Meth made f#&%up famous trash I know steave did it I know it in my heart of hearts . and I remember just a few weeks before that he had locked 1 of my friends in his room with him and I had to rescue her take her back to san antonio and I remember distinctly she could swear up and down he killed that child she didnt even know about any thing about that horrible thing he had done what kinda evil person does such heinous things and acts like nothing happend he is the reason his mom talks to her self y was he able to be free for so damn long what if he did thathorrible act again my condolences to the families God bless

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