Monday, August 29, 2011

Murder in Hardin County, TX - Deputy Flowers Sued for Involvement in Death - Sheriff Ed Cain Sued for Cover-up

Update 6/18/2013: this article was posted over a year ago. I see that there are a ton of people looking at the article today so I wanted to post on here that, after this original article came out, Clint West had been CONVICTED and in prison for Murder! This story is not done though, there are some shocking updates that will be revealed soon about the coverup of this murder so keep checking back!

Update: The Hardin County District Attorney has requested that a special prosecutor be appointed to prosecute the case against West because of the Janca family's allegations.

Update: The Hardin County Sheriff Department has taken a positive step forward and released over 130 pages of documents to the Janca family that they were withholding. I am pleased to say that a couple of days after this article came out, and the day before the lawsuit against the sheriff went to trial, the Sheriff Department gave the Janca family over 130 documents that they were withholding. This caused the lawsuit against the Sheriff Department to be dismissed because the documents were finally handed over. Thank You Sheriff Department for the Positive Step Forward.

Update: Tuesday, 8/30/11 is a big day in court. Several Sheriff Deputies have been subpoenaed in a lawsuit against the Sheriff Department. Also, the District Attorney charged Clint West with murder months ago, but on Tuesday a Grand Jury will finally have an opportunity to indict West on the murder charge.


Update: After this article was posted, several News Agencies, including KFDM, KBTV, KBMT, and the Beaumont Enterprise reported that Clint West has been charged with the Murder of Nicole Janca. Plus, the Grand Jury has indicted West on the charge of Murder.


8/29/11 
by, David Bellow


Hardin County, TX

Clint West of Lumberton, TX has been charged with murder in the death of Lakon Nicole Janca. No one knows about the murder charge though. The media does not even know about the murder charge because they are still reporting that West has only been charged with manslaughter.

West has been charged with murder for a couple of months now but the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department has kept a tight lid on things. In fact, if the Sheriff Department had their way, West would have only been charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and not charged with murder. Things have been so secretive that the Hardin County Sheriff, Ed Cain, has even been slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly manipulating official documents in an effort to seemingly protect a Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy, Tony Flowers, who is involved in some of the events of the alleged murder of Nicole Janca.

Before I go any further I want to make something clear. I support law enforcement. I am a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and a member of the United States Military. I support the Hardin County Sheriff Department and I even know a few of the Deputies and they are good officers. One thing I do not like though is a bad law enforcement officer. They can cause people to get hurt or die and they give other officers and the department a bad name, like former Captain Robert Arnold in Orange who killed an unarmed war veteran (who now wants to have a badge again). I believe Tony Flowers is a bad officer who should be charged for his involvement in the events that lead to the death of Nicole Janca. I further believe that Sheriff Ed Cain needs to discipline or fire Tony Flowers instead of causing harm to the Department by covering for Flowers. This covering for Flowers has already harmed the Department because the alleged murder was not investigated properly and now there is a lawsuit against the department because Ed Cain allegedly falsified official records. This story uses facts from the investigation reports and court documents, and also uses information received from Nicole Janca’s mother and other firsthand witnesses. I do not name any Hardin County Sheriff Deputies except for Tony Flowers. Flowers, Clint West and Sheriff Ed Cain (who is ultimately responsible for the actions of his department) are the focus of this story and I do not want to make other Hardin County Deputies look bad who might not have done anything wrong so I do not name any other Deputies. My intent is not to attack the Sheriff, but the truth needs to be heard and Sheriff Ed Cain has some explaining to do and he needs to take immediate corrective actions to make things right. People can read this article and decide for themselves what they want to think.

The following story reveals the details of the alleged murder, the involvement of Deputy Flowers in this alleged murder, the details of the botched investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff Department, and the details of the lawsuit alleging Sheriff Ed Cain falsified documents to cover for Deputy Flowers.


The Alleged Murder of Nicole Janca


A couple of months ago I sat in a Hardin County courtroom and heard two men testify that Clint West admitted to them that he murdered Nicole Janca on November 8th, 2010 following an argument over a ring at a party hosted by Sheriff Deputy Tony Flowers at the Texas Peace Officer’s Dear Lease, aka the TPO Hunting Club (Deputy Flowers is President of Club), in Honey Island near Kountze, TX. I saw the DA present a picture of Nicole’s bloody hand with no blood covering a section of her finger where it was apparent that a ring had been before she died but was taken off right after her hand got bloodied. According to Police Records, Clint West had been drinking at the TPO club and became intoxicated and got into an argument with his girlfriend, Nicole Janca. Sheriff Deputy Tony Flowers told an Intoxicated West to get in his vehicle and find Nicole (who had walked down the dirt road on the camp) and then leave because they were arguing. West allegedly killed Nicole by pushing her out of his moving vehicle as they left the TPO Hunting Club, putting his hand over her mouth as she was dying on the road, and then taking the ring off of her finger before taking her to a gas station and telling police that she was intoxicated and jumped out of the car. She died at the hospital early the next morning, November 9th, 2010, as a result of those injuries.


Deputy Tony Flowers: His Actions and Involvement in the Alleged Murder

Although I am sure there are many law-abiding people who hunt at the TPO Club, the TPO hunting club has a reputation for being a place where people can have sex and get drunk. This situation with Clint West and Nicole Janca does not seem to be any different. Nicole told her mother, Frances Janca, that she was at the TPO Hunting Club with Clint West for the week and that she was drinking there. Nicole’s mother told her it was not a good idea for her to drink since she was underage. Nicole said that Sheriff Deputy Flowers was there at the Clun with his girlfriend, Stephanie Jackson House, (not his wife) and that Flowers did not say anything to her about not drinking. The night of the alleged murder, Flowers admits to seeing West drink several beers. Flowers admits that West and Nicole got into an argument and Flowers admits to telling West to get Nicole and leave (knowing that West had consumed several beers). When Nicole was allegedly murdered, West did not call 911. Records show that West called Flowers. Flowers did not render aid to a dying young girl who was only about a mile away at the end of his Hunting Club dirt road. Instead, Flowers says he told West to leave the scene with Nicole and then call 911 at another location. According to Nicole Janca’s mother, Frances Janca, a man named Robert Lee (who is friends with West and Flowers) says Deputy Flowers called him and told him to tell West that he would just be charged with giving alcohol to minor and that basically everything was going to be ok for West. West has been heard saying that Flowers better take care of him or everyone is going down. Frances Janca even says that West told her that Flowers told him if he would take the contributing to a minor charge he would help him with the rest. According to the police records, Flowers did not even give the police any information about the argument between West and Nicole even though that information would have indicated that there might have been foul play involved.

How can the Hardin County Sheriff Department NOT investigate Flowers for his unacceptable actions? How can they not at least discipline him? This man is supposed to uphold the law. Janca’s mother says that Flowers let her daughter (underage) drink alcohol at his club. Flowers admits to telling a man who had several beers to get into his car and drive while intoxicated. Any upstanding law enforcement officer would never have allowed a drunk person to drive. Flowers did not just let a drunk person drive, he TOLD a drunk person to drive, according to investigation reports. There is even currently a lawsuit against Tony Flowers for his role in the death of Nicole Janca because he told an upset, drunk Clint West to get in his vehicle and get Nicole and leave. He is a law enforcement officer and he knows better. He told someone to break the law and now a person is dead. Instead of Flowers being disciplined or even criminally investigated for his wrongdoing, Sheriff Ed Cain has chosen shield Flowers and even seemingly to shield Clint West in the process of covering for Flowers.

This is not the first time Flowers has been allegedly been involved in questionable situations. I have been contacted by several people who said that Flowers was at a hunting club several years ago where a man was cut up and Flowers did nothing. Also, right after this incident, a Honey Island man allegedly went to Ed Cain and told him that Flowers was sleeping with the man’s wife and that Cain needed to do something about it. I have even been told from a first-hand source that Flowers allegedly stopped her cousin but told her she would not get into trouble if she showed him her ass. I could list other things that people have accused Flowers of doing, but now I want to get back on track with Nicole Janca’s Murder Case. You get the point though. Flowers does not seem like the kind of guy who should have a badge 

What kinds of people are allowed to work under Sheriff Cain? This is unacceptable and it is bringing discredit upon the Hardin County Sheriff Department. I suppose history repeats itself though because once upon a time, Sheriff Deputy (and current Silsbee City Councilman) Thomas Tyler was caught in a sting with a prostitute. Tyler did not get in trouble though after that incident with a prostitute, and he was even recently involved in an alleged cover-up of a child rape in Silsbee, TX



The Botched Hardin County Sheriff Investigation that Almost let Nicole’s Alleged Killer off the Hook

Clint West showed up at a gas station in Kountze with a dying Nicole Janca. Nicole is taken to the hospital where she later died. The Sheriff Investigation starts (and also basically ends) that night at this gas station in Kountze, TX. An intoxicated West was asked about what happened. After telling different stories and admitting he was arguing with her, he was asked to write a statement. West wrote a first statement, but the Deputy told him it would not work so the first statement was tossed (we do not know what it said) and West wrote a second statement. This is West’s exact statement (the second one) that he wrote for Sheriff Department that night: “I was at the culb, we eat some deer we talk and we waz going home and we get to sour mapler and to 1003 she said she going to jump out over me truck I went going about 20 mile and she did. I put she in me truck and drive to 421 and 69 to get help”. After West gave his statement, the Sheriff Department drove West home and then the next day, November 10th, 2010, they asked the County Attorney to charge him with giving alcohol to a minor and they all but closed their Investigation. No other charges.

WHAT?

Clint West was on probation for previously driving while intoxicated. He was driving with a suspended license, he admitted to drinking and driving, and had no car insurance. West told the Deputy more than one story and his stories were inconsistent like at one point saying he was driving 50 mph and at another point saying he was only going 20 mph. The Deputy knew there was an argument between West and Nicole. There was blood all over the inside of the car and Nicole’s bloody hand had a missing ring.  So what did the Sheriff Department do? Surely they booked him for at least drinking and driving or for driving with a suspended license? Nope. They got a statement, drove West home and concluded that he should only be charged with giving alcohol to a minor. It gets worse. They did not impound his vehicle to investigate all the blood in the front AND back of the vehicle. The car cleaning company by Beaumont Colony even called the Sheriff Department and told them about the blood and scratch marks on the inside window. The Sheriff Department told them to clean it. (West’s vehicle was not taken and inspected by the Sheriff Department till 7 months later when Frances Janca and Stewart Butler asked a Judge to allow them to inspect the vehicle) The Sheriff Department did not take West’s clothes or Nicole’s clothes and they even refused to take Nicole’s boots into evidence when Nicole’s mother brought them to the Sheriff Department and showed them how the deep gashes on the boots show that Nicole was dragged for some time and did not just fall out of the vehicle. They did not even go to the Hunting Club that night to look for evidence or to ask the several witnesses what happened there between Clint and Nicole. Frances Janca and her Lawyer Stewart Butler had to contact the witnesses at the TPO Club and interview them about that night since the Sheriff Department would not question them. The only thing the Sheriff Department actually did in their investigation, according to the records, was ask West for a statement, they took some pictures, and they also went to the “accident” site in the dark that night to get some pictures of the blood on the street. The “accident site” was conveniently only a couple hundred feet from the TOP Club property. 

Even more disturbing is that, according to one of the investigating Deputies who arrived at the gas station, the first Deputy there had already decided that no foul play was suspected. They had not even investigated yet and they already decided that nothing bad happened. Also, Deputy Flowers was still allowed access to all of the investigation reports and could read everything before he gave his official statement about what happened that night. Plus, why wasn’t the DPS involved since this “accident” happened on a Texas Highway?

I know the Hardin County Sheriff Department is better than this and would have normally investigated better….It is almost as if a fellow Deputy (Tony Flowers) called the Sheriff Deputies at the scene and told them that nothing happened and to not investigate. That is the only plausible reason why the Hardin County Sheriff Deputies would not investigate this death. They were probably tricked by their fellow Deputy Flowers.
So the case was closed. West was only getting a charge of giving alcohol to a minor.

Nicole Janca’s mother did not give up though.

Frances Janca went to the Sheriff Department and tried to give them Nicole’s boots with the deep gashed from being drug. She tried to tell the police that Nicole’s boot had a missing heel cap and Nicole’s wig was also nowhere at the “accident site” so there had to have been a struggle at the Hunting Club. She tried to tell them that her daughter did not jump out.

Frances Janca’s attempts to have the Sheriff Department look more into the case fell on deaf ears though. One Sheriff Deputy told Frances Janca that Nicole fell out of the car and that was the end of the discussion. Sheriff Ed Cain told Frances Janca that all she wanted to do is argue and accuse people of not doing their job. The Sheriff’s Department said that the only thing West did wrong was to give Nicole alcohol and that was that. Sheriff Cain even said that Deputy Flowers did nothing wrong for not trying to help her dying daughter because Flowers was off duty.

A FULL MONTH passed since the Sheriff Department had closed the case and told Nicole’s mother that it was an accident. But Frances Janca was still working on her daughter’s case. She contacted Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Texas Rangers.

Frances Janca had asked the Texas Rangers to get involved because she believed that the Hardin County Sheriff Department should not have done the investigation in this death because it involved a Hardin County Sheriff Deputy and because the Hardin County Sheriff Department was refusing to re-open the case or accept any more evidence, like Nicole’s boots. Also, West’s furnishing alcohol to a minor charge, and the idea that Janca would jump or accidentally fall out of the vehicle, hinged on West’s statement that Nicole was intoxicated that night. Well the toxicology results came back and showed that Nicole, although she said she was drinking that week, was NOT drinking the night of the accident and had no alcohol in her system when she died.

Things were not adding up, so a month after the Hardin County Sheriff Department had stopped investigating is when Texas Ranger Ken Parks got involved at the request of Frances Janca. Then and only then is when the Sheriff Department decided to open the case back up. In fact, the investigating deputy even writes in his report that Ranger Parks came and met with him and Ed Cain and this is when (a month later on December 6th, 2010) the Sheriff Department finally decides to re-interview Clint West and then go to the TPO club and look around for evidence. At this point, they also do other things like get the evidence from Nicole’s mother and they request the phone record of West’s cell phone. Now they are investigating! Another month after they re-opened the investigation, The Sheriff Department and Ranger Ken Parks concluded their investigations and decided that West should be charged with manslaughter. Basically that means they decided that Clint West caused the death of Nicole Janca but did not intentionally try to kill her. 

So the District Attorney charges Clint West with Manslaughter and West is held on a $200,000 bond.
Now things are moving along. But what about the ring missing from Nicole’s hand? What about all the other evidence and missing pieces to the story? Why was Deputy Flowers not investigated?

Things went cold again. But then a few months later, The District Attorney, David Sheffield, steps in and gets his own evidence together and starts putting the pieces together himself. He gets two witnesses who say Clint West admitted to killing Nicole. These witnesses filled in the missing parts like why Nicole and West were arguing. They were arguing over a ring (but the Sheriff Department would have known that if they would have talked to the witnesses at the TPO Club that night). This new information also explains why there was a missing ring on Nicole’s finger when she died (again, the Sheriff Department would have known that a long time ago if they had investigated properly). 

So the District Attorney gets this new evidence together, puts the pieces together and charges Clint West with Murder. Clint West is now currently being held in the Hardin County Jail on a $500,000 bond with Manslaughter and Murder charges.

But wait, there is more.

After these new witnesses and new evidence had been introduced, and after the DA charged West with murder, Frances Janca asked Ranger Parks to consider the new evidence and consider that Clint West murdered Nicole. Ken Parks refused to re-open the case to consider this new information and he still says it was just an accident and that Frances Janca is just a grieving mother who is trying to make it into something more than what it is and she needs to stop. Frances Janca even says that Ken Parks lied to her. Frances Janca was told by Ken Parks that he had a tissue sample taken of Nicole (for testing) but the morgue told Frances Janca that there was no tissue sample taken. But why would Ken Parks not want to consider this evidence that shows that Nicole’s death was more than an accident. And why would Ken Parks lie to Frances Janca? Also, Ken Parks did not investigate Deputy Flowers for any wrong doing. Ken Parks is with a different agency but he lives only a couple miles from the TPO Club and where this incident happened. He is sure to know the Sheriff Department well. Maybe he is trying to shield Flowers too by concluding it was just an accident and not investigating Flowers? If Ken Parks is trying to cover for Flowers this would not be the first time that Parks is accused of covering for another officer. Ranger Parks has also been accused of falsifying witness statements to protect former Officer Robert Arnold who shot and killed an unarmed war veteran in Orange, TX. Even the former Orange Police Chief, Sam Kittrell, said that Ranger Parks had taken the side of Officer Robert Arnold prematurely because Parks had decided that it was a “clean shoot” before Parks had even had time to investigate the killing. The Orange Police Department decided that it was not a “clean shoot” and fired Officer Arnold. Anyways, whether or not Ken Parks is in the wrong for his actions in this Hardin County case, he certainly should have had a different Texas Ranger investigate from the beginning because it is not really an outside investigation if the Ranger investigating lives by, and knows, the people he is investigating.
 

Lawsuit Against Hardin County Sheriff, Ed Cain, alleging that Sheriff Cain Falsified Official Documents to Cover for Deputy Flowers

Does this story not have enough twists? There are more.

As mentioned above, Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain has been sued for allegedly falsifying official documents and illegally withholding documents. Stewart Butler, the lawyer for Frances Janca, did an Open Records Request of all the phone calls made to the 911 the night of Nicole’s death and also the investigation reports. An Open Records Request is part of a Texas law that requires that government agencies must provide public documents to anyone who sends a written request. The governmental agency has 10 days to provide the documents. The agency cannot withhold any information. If the agency feels that there is some information that should not be released then the governmental agency must ask for the Texas Attorney General for an opinion to decide what the governmental agency can withhold, if anything.

So Frances Janca asked for 911 records and investigation reports. That is a pretty simple request right? Frances waited months to get the information. When she finally got the information, the Sheriff Department certified that the information they were receiving was an exact copy of the originals. Unfortunately the Sheriff Department lied to them. Frances Janca and Stewart Butler discovered that the documents had been altered (important information was taken out) and also several documents were missing. So first of all, it took the Sheriff Department months to get the documents instead of the 10 days they are allowed by law. Second, the documents were altered and some documents were missing. The Sheriff Department did not tell Frances Janca that anything was missing or altered. Third, the Sheriff Department did not request that the Texas Attorney General allow them to withhold any information. The Sheriff cannot say they were not aware of the rules because the Sheriff Department has the Open Records Request Rules posted on the wall of the Sheriff Department.

Stewart Butler and Frances Janca know that the Sheriff Department falsified what they gave them because the information that the Sheriff Department gave the morgue was different than the information they were given by the Sheriff Department.

So Stewart Butler files a Mandamus against Sheriff Cain. Sheriff Ed Cain is being sued for falsifying documents and withholding document and the lawsuit is asking a judge to force Sheriff Cain to release the information.

A couple of weeks after the lawsuit against Sheriff Cain, the media finally picked up on it. The Beaumont Enterprise wrote an article about the Mandamus that was filed against Sheriff Cain. In the article, the Sheriff Department does not accept responsibility for altering the documents and for not contacting the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, to ask for permission to withhold any information. Instead the Sheriff Department’s lawyer just plays down the lawsuit by telling the Enterprise that there was some confidential information that was withheld and that everything will be ok and there is not a need for the court to get involved. Kudos goes to the Enterprise for finding out about the mandamus and writing about it, But the Media still does not know what is going on. Ok, the media knows that there is a lawsuit against Sheriff Cain because Cain is withholding some information, but the media has no idea WHAT information the Sheriff Department is withholding. 

Well, it seems that some of the information that the Sheriff Department secretly withheld is the list and timeline of calls made by Clint West and Deputy Flowers. Now why would Sheriff Ed Cain want to hide that information? So it is ok to release the information about everyone else who calls 911 but it is not ok to release information about 911 calls when a Sheriff Deputy and his friend call 911? Come on now, it is almost as if the Sheriff wants people to think there is a cover-up.


Conclusion

District Attorney David Sheffield should be commended for really investigating this case and charging Clint West with murder. Stewart Butler should be commended for fighting for Nicole Janca for free. Frances Janca should be commended for fighting for her daughter and not giving up until the truth was revealed. Clint West will have his day in court and a jury will decide whether or not these facts and allegations are enough evidence to convict him with murder. The Hardin County Sheriff Department is filled with some great Deputies. Tony Flowers is not one of them. Frances Janca has said that Sheriff Ed Cain has privately told her that there was pure negligence in the Sheriff Department investigation but that he would not have changed anything if they had done the investigation right. Sheriff Ed Cain, whether or not you love the guy or hate the guy, needs to stop covering for Flowers. Sheriff Cain needs to take responsibility for the botched investigation, he needs to apologize publically to Frances Janca, he needs to discipline, or fire, Deputy Flowers, and he needs to stop hiding the documents. Just come clean and let the Sheriff Department move forward so y’all can go out and continue to do a good job of fighting crime without all these distractions. I am sure I will get several emails after this article. Some people will love it and some people will hate it. I just want to bring the facts to light for everyone to see so that justice will be done for Nicole Janca. This story was written using facts from the investigation reports, and by information from Frances Janca, Stewart Butler, and other people close to the investigation whom I believe to be telling the truth.


60 comments:

  1. I think you should prepare for a lawsuit yourself. Libel, Slander....You will understand the big picture soon enough.

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    1. u sound like ur ridin tony flowers shit his whole family is meth heads he even does it to i know people he buys from in orange texas thats sucks your secrets arent even safe that far away haha ill put u on blast u was probly on it tht night ive done it with ur family in the shed behind ur house hoe

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  2. Sadly you Mr. Bellow are no better than the ambulance chasing butheads who have filed false accusations against good people. You should be ashamed of yourself for stating that a deputy needs to be fired when you have no firsthand information about any of the allegations. Instead you rely upon an attorney who has his own agenda and havent bothered to verify any of the accusations. I know this because several of the accusations are not only false, they are easy to prove as false. The truth will come out and if you were a true believer in the law, you would not condem the deputy in this case or pretend to know the the investigation was bad or botched. The facts will come out.

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  3. my article uses facts from the police reports and first hand information from Nicole Janca's mother.... if you think I say something not true in my article then prove me wrong. You most likely cant because I have the documents or the witnesses to back up what I say... I just want the truth to be heard. Believe me I know that some people will not like me because I wrote this article and that does not please me. but the truth had to be heard I am not out to get the sheriff. But he does need to make things right and move forward

    I got my facts from the Sheriff Departments own investigation records and statements. As far as the lawsuit against the sheriff. The law is clear about providing documents and the law was not followed. I do not have any desire to go after the sheriff. I would just like for him to make things right in this case so the good deputies can move forward without a cover-up hanging over their heads.

    but if you insist I said something that was false please prove me wrong. What part was wrong? show me the truth and I will gladly correct my article. I am for the truth. That's all. people needed to know the truth about the death of this girl

    and these people are public figures as county officials and involved in the news because of the trial and the lawsuits... therefore they cannot sue unless they can prove that I lied and they have to prove that they KNEW that I lied when I lied... that is not going to happen because I have not lied about anything and I have the documents or witnesses to back up my statements

    like I said, I am not trying to go after the sheriff or try to get anyone else elected. I do not like people hating me. But the truth had to be told. The sheriff can easily correct things and put this all behind him and everyone can move on.

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  4. The documents that you have dont tell the whole story. You dont have all the facts. Sit back and declare it to be a conspiracy and know that the more you say; the more you and all who continue to "go public" before the case goes to trial just hurts the outcome of the case and it will be your fault when justice with west is not done.

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  5. It seems to me that people want to blame everyone else for the death of this girl. It seems very apparent that there is only one person that is to blame and his name is Clint West.

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    1. NO WHAT MOST OF US WANT IS A RECKONING FOR ANYONE WHO HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MURDER. THAT STARTS AT WEST AND GOES UP HILL THRU THE S.O.

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  6. YOU GO DAVID. I KNOW FIRST HAND THE PERSON YOU ARE SPEAKING OF & BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU ARE SAYING & HAVE MORE FOR YOU TO ADD TO YOUR LIST OF THINGS HE HAS DONE. THE ONES THAT ARE UPSET ARE THE ONES WHO PROBABLY GET A FREE PASS ON JAIL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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  7. Hi im frances janca's niece and I just wanted to personally tell you thank you for writing the real story everyone was to afraid to! Maybe now since you got the word out new things will happen and hopefully some day really soon my family can have some closure. Thanks again and it was a great article

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  8. Thank You David Bellow

    I hope you all will support David Bellow by sending him supporting e-mails. I hope David will hang in there. We pray for all that are searcing for JUSTICE and that all who want to hide it be brought to the same.

    STAND TALL DAVID YOU ARE DOING A GOOD THING. WE ARE SUPPORTING YOU AND WILL STAND WITH YOU!

    Absolutey admirable David. It is so wonderful to see others stand up against this type of atrocity. Myself and Harold Hass are the spoksmen for the Justice For James Group. Our fight has aged over 1 year now and we are just getting started. We will soon be shoveling more coal in the boiler. Now that our Arbitration is over and the truth exposed during the sessions we have a DA who remains crooked in his actions. However, like we said this is far from being over. We also, heard several witnesses accuse Ken Parks of adding to the written testimony's of the witnesses. I'll say this David: "Had the Arbitration been an actual court hearing Arnold would be locked up tight" It was so blatantly obvious that he is guilty of murdering LCPL James Whitehead
    and possibly pre-meditated murder since he stated "I'm going to kill you" and then pulled the trigger.

    Also, I am not so certain that Arnolds attorney wasn't dripping with slime also. He asked on of the witnesses if he knew James Whitehead was Dishonorably discharged. I was James Veterans Service Officer and I had unlimited access to his miltiary and VA records. If I am wrong, and I certainly don't think I am, Whitehead had nothing other than and Honorable Discharge." If Cagle, Arnolds Attorney, can show me the document he got his information off of and it is legitimate I will most certainly make a public apology. However it matters not as no one person, other than Arnold and Ken Parks said the shooting was justified.

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  9. About time someone expose the facts.

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  10. Wow. I thought Orange County was the worse when it came to the "good old boy" network. Looks like Hardin County is right in there with them. Sad day when its okay to extinguish the life of such a beautiful young lady that got mixed up with a slime ball and his friend who thinks he is above the law. Especially when he is the law.

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    1. WELCOME TO ED AND KENNYS COUNTY

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  11. Ed Cain -Resign or dont run

    You should be ashamed of running a Law Enforcemenent Department by not abiding by the laws you swore to enforce and protect/servet he citizens of this county not just the ones you select. This is not your 1st incident for there are many. How about those escapes that happened under you leadership? How about Election time Law Enforcment?.
    EVERYTHING Mr Bellow writes is not true I realise this. But He has bought up some very key points that question your Department and Leadership. Dont kill the messenger.....

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  12. I don't know about all of this being true and I hope that Mr. West is tried and has to pay for this crime if he did it! I hope that none of this info hurts the case as things like this usually do! I do know that I don't care for Bellows tactics from the past and I have no reason to care for them here--he has tried before to make his name a household word in Hardin County and it didn't work, so it off to something else to put him in the spotlight! I think I will wait for the trial to see the outcome of this one!

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    1. ARE YOU AN AMERICAN TALIBAN SUPPORTER. WAKE UP AND LEAVE YOUR GOOD OLD BOYS SYSTEM. ARE YOU ONE OF THEM. A STALKER FOR THEM OR DO YOU JUST BEHIND. HARASS PEOPLE FOR THEM. ED CAIN IS A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN LITTLE ON A SHERIFF.

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  13. I,m not sure how accurate Bellows is on the case, but I do know he is close to the truth about most of it. But he did make two statments about a past employee from about 30 years ago. They were completly false, derogitory, and defamed a good man. I speaking as a wittness to both of the acusations and have personal knowledge of these incidents. You definetly did not get any of the information from the sheriffs dept. or any other official office. I was a conservitive before you were born Mr Bellows and I don,t appreciate you making your statements in the name of conservitives. Most of us are embarrased by your false hoods that you print because other people put all conservitives in a group.

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    1. Why do you not want justice for Hardin County. are you one of the friends that hunt fish and stand guard while the sheriffs department murders us. Thomas Eugene Jasper Jr. is friends with them and the deputies covered up the insurance jab that his son Clint Jasper did to his new truck. it was sat on fire in the very hunting club Clint and his daddy tommy jasper were member of.

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  14. i knew nicole and she didnt deserve that at all i hope that bastard gets the needle.....

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  15. I am not trying to make my name a household name.... I do and always will stand up for what I think is right and try to tell everyone everywhere what is going on... I can't do what I do as as anonymous person because no one likes someone who hides behind a screen and throws out accusations. So yes, I sign my name to what I say and do. But I stand for the truth, not for what will make people approve of me. Blieve me, if I just wanted to get my name out there and make people like me I would write about non controversial things... but I don't care if people like me, I only care about standing up for what is right and helping people.... and as far as what I said in my article about Thomas Tyler getting caught with a prostitute a long time ago, I do not and never would just say something that is made up. I asked 3 different old timers who work at the courthouse and used to work at the court house. They all three verified that Thomas Tyler was caught with a prostitute and it was in the paper back then. Now maybe the paper had it wrong back then, but I certainly did my best to verify the information.

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  16. Deputy flowers also has always known that his first cousin is a major drug dealer but continues to frequently drink with him and I first hand seen him turn his head at parties where drugs were being used. He has done that since he worked for Hardin county ,so as we all see Ed Cain thinks he owns the county we all live in it's time for the ass to go if he thinks it cant happen ask mike h. He will tell him .I would rather take care of myself than have crooked law enforcement .last but not least maybe hso need an audit maybe there is a little more to it could be a few more skeletons in t. J. Halls closet he swept nephews dwi under that filthy rug they all call law enforcement.

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  17. The added pain and humiliation you have added to Deputy Flower’s sweet wife and beautiful daughters is inexcusable. Things must have been difficult enough for them without you splashing it in your blog. You said more than enough about Deputy Flower and could have gotten your point across without inflicting additional pain to his precious family. I personally feel it was malicious and uncalled for. Nothing but Yellow Journalism.

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    1. If she does not like who she sleeps with then she should not sleep with criminals who wear badges.

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  18. Flower's own actions caused the humiliation for his wife and kids, not this article. His wife left him a week or two ago before this article ever came out. as long as he has a badge and is a public officer, people should know about what kind of a person he is. he could stop the humiliation by straighting up his act or giving up his badge so he is out of the public spotlight. he made his bed, now he has to sleep in it.

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  19. no tony flowers caused his wife and daughter the pain.david bellows is just telling the truth.what about the pain of nicoles mom and family and friends.

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  20. thanks David

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  21. I have news for you people T.J. Hall does not take D.W.I.'s lightly! He has hung many balls on the wall for drinking while driving.and always will! DON'T FORGET IT!! Tony Flower is a poor excuse of a husband and a law officer. He cheats on his wife and always has (I think all of Hardin County knows that) so why wouldn't he LIE and CHEAT to cover up something like this. He is very good at both!

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    1. Not anyone from ENTERGY one of their main collusion buddies. You will never find T.J.Hall punishing anyone from ENTERGY. and he only hangs the ones he does not like or the ones his friends ask him to hang. he should be looked at under the RICO Act.

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    2. Go David . For you that is ubset about this. What if it was your child?

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  22. I am appreciative of your views and putting the truth out there. As I am sure you know, Hardin County as a whole has an issue with "hiding things".....I found your recent writings on the lady who was murdered very informative, and gave me hope that I was not alone in dealing with cover-ups and the good old boy standards in the Sheriff's Department and at that hunting lease. In fact, I met someone there while with my ex-husband. In meeting that person, I realized that it pays to have friends there. If you anger one of them- you've had it....and will pay for it. I know I am.

    Thank you for all that you do to attempt to shed some light and get wrongs righted in our legal system.

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  23. This is one of the most bizarre stories I have ever read. It breaks my heart for Nicoles mom. I can't even imagine what she must be going thru. I pray that when this all goes thru the system, that Ed Cain and Tony Flowers get the punishment they deserve. I hope that this huge cover-up they are doing for West, is what brings them down. It amazes me that they BOTH have chosen to put their careers on the line for someone like West. Why can they not see if West had any morals or integrity at all, he would tell the story as it really happened, assume his responsibility, and let the others off the hook?? Mr. Bellow, thanks for telling this story for Nicole!!

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  24. I went to school with one of the "sweet and innocent" daughters. And, she's not so "sweet and innocent," to say the least. Between the Friday night drunken parties with added doses of marijuana, evidence points to the opposite of "sweet and innocent." So yes, he even allowed his own daughter to drink and get high. As dirty as Kountze is, there was probably weed at that party in TPO too. And the Sheriff has taken NO initiative to clean up the streets. The only reason that Hardin County has the "lowest crime rates in Texas" is because the enforcement does nothing to catch anyone red handed. I went to school with pot heads. My senior prom smelled like skunk fart because a group of people had gotten high off of marijuana before the dance. Too many things go unnoticed in Kountze, and the people that do notice and try to report it get turned away. There needs to be massive change in this town. The only way to do this is to step up law enforcement, and hire officers that are actually committed to making the streets of kountze cleaner and safer, no offense to the officers that do commit themselves to these standards.

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  25. Mr. Bellows,

    Having visited your site for the first time this evening, I feel compelled to offer the following for your consideration:

    Spell and grammar check your documents before you post. Proper use of the English language and correct spelling would perhaps make you sound as educated as you pretend to be.

    Your writing ability makes it difficult for me to accept your "facts" as credible and subsequently calls in to question your ability to "investigate" and report "the truth."

    Your attempt to convince me that our Sheriff is involved in a cover up is greatly undermined by your complete disregard for proper use of the English language.

    Dude, seriously - Spell check. Grammar Check. If this is not an option, perhaps I could ask my Niece to proof your work. Her fifth grade education would do wonders for your writing.

    I am impressed that you state your opinion and sign your name to it, as I am not in a position to do the same. I suppose my election for anonymity could subsequently invalidate my opinion; nonetheless, it is just that - my opinion.

    Speaking of my opinion, I disagree with your implication that our Sheriff is involved in a conspiratorial operation that includes a cover up by the Texas Rangers (Really?). While Ed (just like me) is far from perfect, I know him to be an outstanding Christian man.

    While no response is expected or anticipated, carefully proof the same should you elect to reply; anything less would further substantiate the obvious.

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    1. PROPER GRAMMAR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RIGHT AND WRONG. TRUTH AND RIGHT OR WRONG COMES WITH THE JOB. MAYBE HIS GRAMMAR IS A LITTLE OFF. NO MATTER...WE NEED A NEW SHERIFF

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    2. when a person has to deal with uneducated people, the kind that Hardin County produces, you have to word things for there perception. Educated people like yourself should know this. in my eyes you criticism is more your problem than the people who read and understand. Some people have common sense and can read between the lines. unlike book people. Keep up the good work, decent people know what you are saying to us.

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  26. It is true. I am a very, very busy person and I do not take the time to proof read my long articles. That has no bearing on the facts and ideas expressed in my articles. If you have an issue with the facts in my articles then please show the truth. Otherwise, it is a little silly to discredit the facts in my articles and my educational achievement simply because I do not have time to proofread my articles before I post them. I spent enough time doing that for the papers I had to write to get the degrees that I have. No, my degrees are not in English and I would never claim to be an expert in English. But pointing out my spelling error as a way to distract people from the facts of my article is like admitting you killed someone but asking the Supreme Court to halt your execution because it is raining outside. It is all a big petty distraction away from the facts and ideas expressed in my articles. Also, I have nothing against Sheriff Cain and I am not out to get him unelected or anything, but he did handle this Janca murder case all wrong and almost let a criminal off the hook. Thankfully the mother kept fighting for the truth. I just simply allowed the mother’s story to be heard. When Sheriff Cain released the files to the Janca family I sent out an email thanking him for doing the right thing.

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  27. update your article with the latest information about this case..unless u just post the bad things about the sheriff's office and dont want to tell everyone about the case against Deputy Flower being dismissed!!!

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  28. That should mean that Mr bellow owes deputy flower an apology for dragging his name through the mud but I'm sure that he will not acknowledge his poor reporting of lies.

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    1. NO WHAT IT MEANS IS FLOWERS GOT OFF. BIG LAW ON BOOKS FOR ALLOWING DRUNK TO DRIVE.EVERYTHING HE DOES AFTER HE LEAVES IS ON THE DEPUTY. THEY A HAVE A DUTY TO ARREST, NOT AN OPTION

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    2. He needs a RICO act filed against him.

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  29. As far as Judge Hall hanging balls on DWI's..He merley sets a bond on people arrested on charges such as dwi and has no further involvment in the criminal case to do the ball hanging.

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  30. I am sure Bellow would update his article with new information once it becomes available.

    Post a link to the news article saying that the lawsuit was dismissed.

    If it was dismissed, it would have been due to there not being enough evidence, but that does not mean that Flowers is innocent.

    It just cannot be proven.
    Telling a drunk person to drive is reckless and unbecoming of a police officer.

    While we are updating everything. Did I hear that Deputy Flower had to have police sent to his house because he had a gun and went off the deep end? Post those police records please. And to think, this nut job STILL has a badge!

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  31. yea he sure did, But as we all know that isn't going to get out and he is and was on medical leave for it...suicidal watch, i believe but since they think it is over he is suppose to be returning to patrol on or around the 14, of Oct....nice job hardin co...put a suicidal officer back on patrol.....YA'LL ARE AWESOME.

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    1. good ole boys, again

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  32. Everyone knows how Flowers got the way he is at the knee of the sheriff. As far as being a Christian, then all the strippers at Tonga are saved!!! Worst county in Texas. Do not bring your female teenagers or children here. I wish I could leave, but not feet first, as the sheriff would like. All voters should rue the day he was elected, altho a few of us tried to warn you, including the ex-county judge.

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  33. Kudos to Mr Bellow for getting the facts out there about Nicole's death. We all need mothers like Sissy.

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  34. All of you people who are defending these crooks for covering up a murder will have your day of doom. God will have his judgement on you! I think this story is exactly the truth... every word of it. I have nothing to hid or cover up, but as a friend of Nicole, who I miss every single day, there is no way she would jump from a moving truck. That girl had way too much in her to let go like that! She was a strong individual who could have changed things in this world and Clint West took her from us. Her family, her friends, co workers, etc. You ANONYMOUS people talking all your trash on one of the sweetest and innocent people I will ever know. It doesn't matter if Clint West was the one who killed her, but every single person who was involved in trying to cover for this sick and twisted person Clint West is deserves their punishment. It is against the law in so many ways the things they did involving the "investigation" they claimed they did. Their was no investigation. Flowers knew that when West called him his ass was on the line. He knew the party was his and he let 1) a minor drink 2) told someone who was drunk to drive 3) told him to take her to another location which is the worst thing you could do is compromise the evidence 4)He refused to come to her aid less than a mile away! Anyone that was that close knowing what was happening no matter if it was an accident or murder would try to save someones life.

    Mr. Bellow thank you so much for getting my friends story out there. She deserves every bit of the media she can get. To the Janca family, I am always here if you need anything. I know not a day goes by that she is forgotten, but after every thing you have been through I admire your strength. And to Sissy, justice for Nicole will come and when it does I will be there to watch every one of you guilty inidviduals get what you deserve. To Clint West, how can you live with yourself? You took away a beautiful young lady who had everything going for her. You took her away from her family, her mother who loved her more than anything, her friends who I myself am still in shock she is gone, not to mention everyone she has personally touched. I hope you sit in prison for the rest of your life and in hell for eternity.

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  35. ANONYMOUS huh... and you are..... who?? Everyone likes to talk crap about people they don't even know about mainly in Honey Island and Kountze a bunch of Trash Talkers. To the comment above.. you wish him in hell for eternity? wow.. why? God forgives everyone for no matter what they have done and God will also forgive the girl for drinking and smoking pot as well.. so why does everyone want to point the finger and assume what went on that night If they were not there then why put their two cents in and down everyone about something they have absolutely no idea about. don't get me wrong I feel bad for the family of Nicole and for Clints Family.

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  36. TO THE ANONYMOUS COMMENT ABOVE..WELL WHO THE HELL ARE U,WHERE U THERE?

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  37. not only once did he attempt to once, but twice and is still on patrol and just got a new truck, just the kind of officer i want to protect and serve me, Come on people open your eyes. Someone needs to clean house.
    nowhere but hardin county...what a joke!

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    1. werner will clean house

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  38. JUST LIKE I SAID A BUNCH OF SMALL TOWN TRASH TALKERS...LOL

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    1. ONLY THING WORSE THAN TRASH TALKER IS PEOPLE WHO COVER UP THE TRUTH FROM PEOPLE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT.IF THEY COVERED ONE MURDER, WHAT ABOUT WHEN IT HAPPEN TO A FAMILY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY? SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

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  39. Well wonder if there is any truth to the story that Ed's covering for Tony is due to an affair he had with Tony's sister and that Kenny has used TPO on more then one occasion to meet his chip/or chips... Also, has anyone heard about G. Spears son being arrested by College Station Police Dept. on an Aggravated Assault Warrant issued by Hardin County as well as Criminal Trespass of a Habitation and Vehicle being filed on him by C.S.P.D.. Ready for who was with him? CLINT WEST.. He was not arrested because he told the police he didn't know Adam was going to do anything wrong and he just rode with him. The victim of the Agg. Assault is his wife and he was trying to get into the house where she was staying. What was his intentions and did he have some coaching by his buddy. Lets see how long they can keep this quiet because its not being discussed openly nor published from the open records collected from the law enforcement departments and printed in the our local papers.. Good thing daddy was able to make some calls to the jail up there and mommy was able to go get Jr. and bring him home so there is no hardin county book-in records. Now, will the wife continue to push the issue or with the upcoming election will she be coersed to change her story and drop the charges? Oh well, nothing surprises me about the folks up there anymore. After confirming the arrests I have listed, start asking your own questions and see what you come up with. Surely C.S.P.D. didn't post the arrest on their page and the warrant not be true.. Which JP issued it? There is only 6 in the county so that shouldn't be hard to find out or did they have the County Judge issue it...Here is the link to College Station P.D. site.. The arrest was made around 3-22-12.. When it opens up, scroll down till you find Adam's name..Its not that far down.. http://www.cstx.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=13659

    Another cover up and of all people involved, an HCSO supervisor's son and Clint West... Amazing!!
    If West beats his case, lets hope the civil case will bring out all the things to light missed and/or covered up by the criminal investigation. Dont think for an instant this all ends with the trial, win or lose... *note* My ONLY reason for posting this anonymous is in fear of retailiation. Not against me, I would encourage then to do so, but rather my family. I hope all the non-believers will open their eyes and at least agree there are some serious problems with our County Law Enforcement that needs to be dealt with...

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    1. maybe civil case lawyer should get up with wests chauffer to college station....3 hour drive..old friends lot to talk about...could pay off for you

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  40. Um David, you might want to check your facts...the officer in question is named Tony FLOWER...not TONY FLOWERS....the only Tony FLOWERS is a school teacher and at least 3 years older than Tony FLOWER. How do I know this, a) I know both men (I am Tony FLOWERS)b) I was a journalist for several years and learned the first rule: always check your facts on names.

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  41. civil case will bring things to light...like lil stewies law firm. paying hcso supervisors x-daughter n law off to lie. to help on civil case...hmmmmm to bad she recanted her statements for you.

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  42. Someone here in this county has to have a heart are a contious why won't someone be brave enough to stand up an tell the truth about all the curruption an evil jesus does forgive but there is a lot of people will face god with blood on there hands if they do not face justice here on earth witch is better than judgement day if all envoled would only face it now god may have pitty on your souls on judgement day how do you all sleep at night are look at your kids everyday an think what if it was my child

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  43. im new to this area and I have started asking people about this and have even spoken to her mom and the whole situation sickens me how people just cover her murder up is so sad you people that cover it up or defending the ones that are must have no heart........to Nicoles family and friends I pray that one day yall get the justice that you all so deserve

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