In about August of 2014, after almost ten years of looking, Jan Thompson’s relative finally located a small cassette tape from 1999. Jan was given the precious tape and had no idea what to do with it. After very little discussion, it was decided to take this tape to Russ Hunt Sr. Russ Hunt Sr. was David Wayne Spence’s first attorney and staunchest supporter. Russ Hunt Sr. and Leon Cheney, who had been Tony Melendez’s very first investigator while he was being represented by Chuck Youts and Jim Barlow.
Back then, the New York Times Best Selling author, Fredric Dannen, was not the “I’m scared of Truman Simons”, Chamber Music performer in San Miguel De Allende. No, he was cocky and sure of himself. This was the guy that changed everything for us, caused great rifts between all of us, promised us justice, then sold us out for a spot in the Episcopal Church of San Miguel’s production in “Hamlet” or some such.
This Fred Dannen had been so sure of himself that he had called together the Montgomery family, and the Thompson and any other of Jill’s relatives for what he termed a “Family Meeting”, in Waxahachie, Texas.
At this meeting, Fred explained to them how Vic, probably high on a drug called GHB, actually GAVE him (Fredric Dannen), all his files and trial boxes and audio tapes for him (Fred Dannen) to “catalog” for him (Vic Feazell) and give back. This took Dannen about a year, maybe more. Vic, of course, says these were his “personal trial boxes”, but, like the Graf trial boxes, they wound up going with Vic along with Lucas when he left the DA’s office.
Dannen told the families his version of the crimes and played for them excerpts and tapes from the collection he had been given.
Three quarters of the way through, Dannen notices a little cassette recorder and asks if he is being taped. He doesn’t like it but what can he do? He gets them to “agree” not to use anything of the tapes or show them until his “book was out”, which was soon.
That was 1999. He met Jan Thompson in 1997. This is 2017. He got the Soros money for the book in 2005.
Russ takes the cassette, gives it to Leon Cheney, he copies it onto disk. Gives one to Russ, gives one to Jan, keeps one and gives Jan back the precious cassette.
Hunt’s his own man. He believed Spence almost twenty years longer than the family seated at the table from Waxahachie with him and Leon that day.
Hunt’s calm about it all now, or perhaps it still simmers just below the surface, whatever his feelings, about two hours into the six hour disk, he goes wild, hears thing he’s never heard before in his life.
Russ Hunt takes the cassette, goes down the elevator from his office in the ALICO to the Courthouse nearby, finds an Assistant DA, Michael Jarrett I believe, and shoves the tape in Jarrett’s hand.
Seems Russ Hunt now believes the theory that “any Officer of the Court, upon hearing of the commission of a crime must turn it over to authorities”, that’s not exact but it’s close enough, and it’s just what Russ Hunt Sr. did that day.
Worrying that the tape had something on it about the Ed Graf case, and, after getting information that the trial boxes had been given to a local author, now deceased, by then DA Vic Feazell, they decided to use the opportunity to get a “Postponement” in an upcoming Hearing.
Truman Simons, with a toothpick hanging out of his lips, and Vic Feazell, sat near the front of a pretty packed Courtroom in the Graf Hearing. Tommy Witherspoon and a very good looking anchor from KWTX sat together across the room. Vic noticed them and walked over with a sheepish grin.
Seems Bernadette Feazell is actually going to testify that Vic Feazell took those boxes from the Graf case home.
Vic mouthed to Tommy Witherspoon, “She’s a liar”, he looked sad, “I cheated on her and she just can’t get over it.”
The anchor shot a look of surprise over toward Bernadette Feazell who was sitting behind Simons and Feazell on the other side.
Feazell clanked his boots back over next to Simons as the Judge, Michael Jarret, and the rest came in. Everyone stood.
Jarret never took his seat, immediately launching into a Motion asking the Court to give them a few weeks to review a “disk of an audio tape of Truman Simons and Vic Feazell given to us by Russ Hunt in person yesterday?”
Bernadette Feazell smiled a big smile as a piss shiver ran through both Simons and Feazell and she saw their shoulders heave in spontaneous “oh shit’.
Simons finally quit sucking on his famous toothpick, and as the Judge called Bernadette Feazell to the stand some looked on in wonder, Witherspoon lifted a lip in his usual sneer.
All three were sworn in and Vic Feazell and Truman Simons left the Courtroom as they were witnesses after Bernadette Feazell.
They all thought she was truly a fool that day. What a terrible thing to do to Vic.
Even her own son had it wrong. He was angry as could be. He was working for Vic at that time on Waco Drive and his coworkers were Sherre Johnston, and Truman Simons. That was all well and good except he lived with his mother.
She wasn’t there for them. No, she was there to see if she could get an opportunity to get to talk to Anthony Melendez’s terrible attorney, Walter Reaves from the stand. She had taken the stand before and was what they call an “uncontrollable witness”, and everyone knew it. Reaves had a look of quiet dread on his face.
After testifying that Vic had brought the Graf boxes home, the Defense for Graf got up, it wasn’t Reaves it was a small man with reddish hair.
“Now you seem to also think that there is something wrong with the Lake Murder Case, don’t you, Mrs. Feazell”, he said.
She couldn’t believe it, he had opened a door and she knew how to walk through, which she did.
She pointed a finger at Reaves and asked why the DNA in the Lake Murder had not been run for 16 years, she asked about him having possession of the tapes and other things. Reaves blanched an embarrassed pink a few times, he knew she was telling the truth but the “Emperor’s New Clothes”, would not stop.
After she testified, her son, Greg Feazell was ridiculed by Simons, Feazell, and Sherre Johnston, repeatedly at work. Greg blamed his mother for having his “life made miserable”. He would just shut himself up at work only to have his father write him and complain about his “Lone Wolf” mentality at the office.
Bernadette Feazell hated it. Vic liked to hit her through Greg. There was nothing more he could do to her so he would do it to their son who had become expendable when he also questioned aspects of the Lake Murder. Same with Truman. Truman would chew Greg out and ridicule him. Not to mention what they said about his mother. Greg sat there helpless.
He had been hit by a car in 2013 and Vic knew, because Vic was Greg’s lawyer in the case and got Greg’s medical records from Laredo, that Greg was a heroin addict.
It was the “great unsaid”.
Feazell had been the head of the Methadone Treatment Center at MHMR after someone gave grams instead of milligrams and killed a few folks, hit the papers all the way to Maine. Vic Feazell who touted his work helping heroin addicts now just ignored the problem.
Instead of talking to Greg’s mother, Vic Feazell just did whatever he felt like doing with Greg’s medical care, whatever hospital Vic wanted, that’s where Greg Feazell went. Vic did keep insurance on Greg, he has to have credit for that especially considering Greg was hit by a car, had brain surgery, and even a cadaver part. The whole recovery took well over a year.
However, there is an Opiate problem in the United States and Greg Feazell was a heroin addict.
Sherre gave Greg hell, they all did.
Sherre was hiding a little secret, however, her own daughter was a heroin addict.
Bermadette Feazell testified in Graf in October of 2014. In December of 2014, Walter Reaves and Fredric Dannen wrote and filed a “Clemency Petition” on Anthony Melendez’s behalf.
She thought she’d succeeded even if Tommy Witherspoon said that the “general consensus of the Courthouse is that Bernadette Feazell was lying”.
After hearing about Russ Hunt giving the tape to the DA’s office, one would think that they would have listened to it and gotten back with Russ.
Seems Abel Reyna just wasn’t interested in what Russ Hunt Sr. thought was important enough to give them in person.
Now we find, once again, another Sherre Johnston connection with Abel Reyna.
Did Parnell have to call Abel to come away from hunting to help him calm down Sherre Johnston who went to the hospital?
All that trouble moving Mike McNamara’s dead body the Sheriff went through only to have Sherre Johnston show up wanting to see the corpse, this, with a hall full of Mike McNamara’s friends and family. Everyone knows who they are.
So, we have Sherre connected with Abel Reyna, she is quoted in an offense report saying that “nothing” will happen to her because she “knows” him. Sure enough nothing has.
In 2015 Vic Feazell had Gregory Feazell put in jail on a felony.
Four months later, his mother saved up enough money to get him out so she did.
Vic wrote Reyna three letters, one wanting his only son to go to jail for five years, one wanting a 10 year probation, and the other one with a spelling error that said, “I think he has been persecuted enough”.
The case was later dropped, Vic went crazy and pretended he didn’t know his son was on heroin and didn’t seem to factor in things like KWTX and Google. Greg Feazell is now on all those and all over the internet with the word, FELONY attached.
Greg Feazell lived with his mother who is 69 years old. He felt terrible because he couldn’t get a job, he was ashamed and his dad wouldn’t speak to him. Finally, he got involved with a roommate squabble that ended in a $40 misdemeanor and back in jail. He got, got on a bus and moved to Mexico.
Bernadette Feazell figures she has nothing to lose now.
Russ Hunt tried to get Abel Reyna to listen to a tape of Fred Dannen explaining the Lake Murder.
Jan Thompson tried to find that tape and fought to have the DNA run for over 20 years.
Leon Cheney wanted his friend, Parnell McNamara to help break the Lake Case open.
Same people, over and over again, same dalliances, same allegiances.
The truth has no reason to stay hidden when people can read and connect the dots to the incredible connections and total hypocrisy.
Run Jill Montgomery’s fingernails for DNA, produce that tape, let the people hear and see everything and decide.