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Texas grand jury: murder-for-hire story made up for child custody

Monday, December 11, 2017

Readers in the El Paso area know that when parents divorce, children are thrust into a situation not of their making. And parents generally realize this, and try to protect their children in the best way they can. Sometimes, however, a dispute can arise that pits parents against each other so strongly that the disagreements could threaten child custody proceedings for one or even both of the adults.

Many Texans may have heard of the case of a man and woman in Aransas County who divorced seven years ago. Both individuals have claimed that the other had failed to fulfill the court-ordered terms of the divorce. But their conflict took on a criminal aspect, as the woman accused the man of soliciting another man to kill her.

Now a Texas grand jury has chosen not to indict the accused man, saying the allegations were made up by the woman in an attempt to win a child custody dispute.

The woman's 42-year-old ex-husband was arrested in June on suspicion of solicitation to commit capital murder, which is a first-degree felony. The other man whom the woman said her ex-husband solicited is a friend of the former couple. Referring to a recorded conversation, the ex-wife had alleged that the friend and the ex-husband had talked about drowning her if the ex-husband paid his friend $500.

"You can take anything out of context," said the ex-husband's attorney.

Both the ex-husband and the ex-wife say their long-standing troubles have turned their worlds upside down. The woman says she can't sleep at night, and the man says his reputation has been compromised in the community where he does business. Now their child custody dispute will go to trial in two or three months.

As many El Paso residents know, when couples decide to separate or divorce, emotions can run high, even causing disputes that spiral out of control. But consulting with a sympathetic and experienced divorce attorney can help mitigate the effects of potentially detrimental emotions, as well as help ensure that a child custody agreement is reached that is best for all parties involved, including the children.

Source: caller.com, "Attorney: Murder-for-hire accusation concocted by ex-wife for child custody," Mark Collette, Jan. 19, 2012

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