“Murder for hire”, “Case of Mistaken Identity”, that was what was called “Spence 1”.
David Wayne Spence’s first trial in Waco, Texas 1984. was based on these facts along with one offering of evidence, real evidence, bite marks.
In a 2003 interview with Gayle Kelley, we learn that after her starring role in the trial, Gayle was then discarded by Truman until the execution of David Spence in April of 1997 when Truman got Gayle to go to the execution and watch.
Gayle Kelley watched David Wayne Spence die.
Truman told her she was too “stupid” to realize that Deeb was trying to kill her. This, of course, made her doubt herself before the age of 20 AND she had quite a case of hero worship for Simons who had saved her from herself.
Problem was by the time Spence was executed, Deeb had been found innocent in Ft. Worth.
Yet, Simons “made” Gayle Kelley watch Spence die. “Made” is her word by the way.
She said she has never been the same and now that she has REAL doubts, including the strange behavior of Simons, she fears every decision she makes, cannot be in a close relationship because of “trust” issues.
Muneer Deeb was HER friend. Until Truman told her he was trying to kill her, she had no idea. Can you imagine?
She said that they “didn’t need her” in Bryan, that was the story.
In fact, the entire Mistaken Identity/Murder for Hire theory was gone, totally. Never to return.
Gayle Kelley thought she was too stupid to know her best friend wanted her dead.
Truman Simons made her realize this and she has been frightened ever since she was a teenager because of what he made her realize.
Her main complaint was that he got her to watch, while he sat it out.
People were hurt. People were used.
Some people went on to make money from it and glorious reputations, along with respect. Others retreated to a world of self doubt and recrimination wanting the truth but unable to get it. Gayle Kelley had been told untruth by Simons and years later, Fredric Dannen told her the truth from his standpoint and promised her he’d bring out what really happened. She trusted him to do just that, as did others.
This isn’t just a story, real people were involved never to be the same again.
“Gayle and Jill looked enough alike to be sisters”, Truman Simons.