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UPDATE II (Oct 23) — A jury recommended probation for Colvin.
So, a man is murdered. Beat to his death. And then robbed. And the two punk-ass-thugs who did not? Will be walking around free with nothing more than probation.
UPDATE (Oct 22) — Kurtiss Colvin was found guilty of aggravated assault; acquitted of manslaughter in the beating death of David Morales.
Which is the right ruling, since it’s most likely that the blow that killed Mr. Morales was thrown by Samuel Byrd.
What the hell is the matter with our justice system here in Texas?
Last June, after a day of celebrating Juneteenth, two black men in East Austin beat do death a Mexican man who was trying to protect a co-worker from the same hostile crowd.
One of the men accused of beating David Morales to death is former Golden Gloves boxer Kurtiss Colvin, 20. His trial started yesterday.
Colvin is charged with recklessly causing Morales’ death and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted. He was also charged with felony theft (he stole Morales wallet after beating him down).
While Colvin was the first to attack Morales and threw the first blow that sent Morales to the ground, witnesses say it was 16-year old Samuel Byrd who delivered the fatal blow that killed Morales.
Byrd was convicted in juvenile court of manslaughter.
Manslaughter: The unlawful killing of a human being without malice or premeditation, either express or implied; distinguished from murder, which requires malicious intent.
I don’t know — it sounds like there was quite a bit of malice involved.
Anyway — Sam Byrd killed a man. With his fist. In front of a large crowd of cheering people animals. And he was found guilty of that crime.
His sentence? 8-years.
Which means no jail time. Which means that this fucking thug piece of shit gets to walk the streets. Today. In our city.
What a horrendous travesty of justice.
How much money do you want to bet right now that this kid never makes it to the end of his 8-years of probation? How much do you want to bet that he ends up back in prison for something else before — oh, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say — before he turns 21?
He violently attacked and killed a man. And won’t have to serve a day in prison for it.
Again I ask, “What the hell is wrong with our justice system?’”
David Morales was unavailable for comment.