Sunday, November 19, 2006

Duh Fax: does anyone actually read the paper before they start rolling the presses?

Today's incomprehensible story, taken verbatim from front-page story:

Man still waiting for justice
By John Tompkins
The Facts

Published November 19, 2006
Jerry Fuentes was working at a restaurant in Alvin on Oct. 1, 1996, the night his entire life changed.

Only he was not supposed to be at work.

That night, his children, his estranged wife and a friend of hers were shot and killed at the wife’s home in a trailer park north of Alvin.

“The weekend it happened I was supposed to have the kids, but I got called into work,” Fuentes said. “I blamed myself for years.”

When police arrived on the scene at the trailer home in the 19000 block of Amoco Drive that night, they found the body of his wife Veronica Fuentes, 27, and her friend John Gomez, 18, who was barely alive. Both had been shot several times and were lying in the front

Martinez’s court-appointed attorneys were Jeri Yenne, who then was the Republican nominee for district

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trial, he went through a long bout with alcohol and drug abuse that consumed his life for six years.

“I took to drinking hard and heavy, doing all kinds of drugs,” he said. “It wasn’t good.”

The fast-paced environment of managing a fast-food restaurant became too much to cope with while at the same time dealing with the memory of his wife and children, so he quit and started working as a handyman. Working alone at carpentry, plumbing and tilesetting helped keep what had happened off his mind.

Four years ago, Fuentes started dating a woman he met through a mutual friend while both were living in Houston. The woman, Veronica Gonzales, helped him out of his drug and alcohol abuse, he said.

“She’s the reason I’m still here,” he said. “She’s brought me up from the bottom.”

The two now are engaged and live in Austin. They moved away from the Houston area, in part, to get away from where the murders had taken place.

“I saw the life in the hell he went through,” Gonzales said. “He needed a fresh start.”

Jerry lives with his fiancé and her 19-year-old son, Joshua. Living around her son has helped Jerry slightly with the pain of losing his own children, even if his fiancee and her son have the same first names as his late son and wife.

“That kind of freaked everybody out,” Gonzales said.

Fuentes now works for a construction company, and the manual labor keeps his mind from wandering, he said.

He harbors some anger about the appeals process, and he won’t hide how he feels about Martinez.

“He’s got to die, I’m sorry,” Fuentes said. “The four people didn’t have a chance. They didn’t get 10 years.”

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