Monday, May 05, 2008

That's right you're not from Texas, But Texas wants you anyway

posted by The Sailor @ 6:07 PM Permalink

This is a little outside our normal coverage but when I saw this story I just had to share it:
Tarrant County woman who falsely cried rape is convicted of manslaughter

Tracy Roberson's false claim of rape got her lover killed by her husband in 2006, and on Friday it brought her a conviction for manslaughter.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated more than 11 hours over two days before deciding that the actions of Mrs. Roberson, 37, led to the shooting death of Devin LaSalle. Mrs. Roberson sobbed as State District Judge Louis Sturns read the verdict, a decision that surprised many inside the courtroom.

The sentencing phase of the trial begins Monday. Mrs. Roberson faces up to 20 years in prison.
Authorities say her husband, Darrell Roberson, fired the shot that killed Mr. LaSalle, 32, outside the Robersons' Arlington home. Mr. Roberson had come home unexpectedly from a gambling trip to Dallas the night of Dec. 11, 2006, and found his wife and Mr. LaSalle together in Mr. LaSalle's truck.

He started shooting as a horrified Mrs. Roberson began saying she was raped. Arlington police charged Mr. Roberson with murder, and a detective testified that authorities never took out a warrant for Mrs. Roberson.

But a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Mr. Roberson and indicted his wife instead, though police never presented grand jurors with evidence against the church volunteer and mother of three.
WTF!? I mean, seriously, WTF!? Texas takes prosecuting hookers but not johns to a whole new level.

Cross posted at SteveAudio



At 10:54 AM, Blogger Vigilante said...

Texas law enforcement always confused me, Sailor, until a Texan native explained it to me. He said that every cattle rustler gets hung, but sometimes murderers get off Scott-free "because some people just need killin'"

At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a better judgment than the quotes you used indicates. She falsely cried rape and that choice ended in her husband killing an innocent man, in defense of her he thought.

She knew the guy and had been dating him for some time, they both had kids at the same school and when she was caught she made a choice which resulted in his death.

Maybe the husband should have faced manslaughter too, I don't know, but I've got no problem with her being charged and convicted given the circumstances.


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