Two wrongs didn’t make a right when The Baytown Sun reported on comments that Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl Lieck shouldn’t have made in her opening statement in the trial of the defendant who has confessed to strangling his ex-wife, Texas realtor Crystal McDowell (“DA: Mother strangled in front of child, 5,” June 6). 

The alleged sins of the victim’s parents and salacious allegations about her early life, even if believed, have nothing to do with the facts of the case, especially in the guilt or innocent phase of the ex-husband’s trial in Galveston. Not only were none of the DA’s opening comments supported by testimony in her case-in-chief, but all the jury needs to know is that Crystal McDowell’s ex-husband took the life of a joyful young mother in the prime of her life. 

Moreover, Crystal McDowell was a shining light among one of Baytown’s finest families. Even as her grieving survivors and friends hope for justice and some semblance of closure with this trial, your reporting should respect how anyone would feel to see their deceased loved ones trashed by their hometown newspaper.

Don Maines


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