Justice is Served! (Not For The Faint of Heart)

ml_manml_man The Asylum... Seeking Refuge
edited June 2003 in The Pub
Woman Found Guilty in 'Windshield' Case


June 26, 6:00 PM (ET)

By ANGELA K. BROWN


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a former nurse's aide of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.

Chante Jawan Mallard, 27, looked down and cried silently as the judge read the verdict. The jury was to return in the afternoon to begin hearing evidence in the sentencing phase. She could get up to life in prison.

Mallard ran into Gregory Biggs, 37, with her Chevrolet Cavalier in the early hours of Oct. 26, 2001, after a night of drinking, smoking pot and taking Ecstasy. He was hit with such force that his head and shoulders went through the windshield, leaving his legs bent up over the roof.

Prosecution witnesses said Biggs probably lived for two hours, may have been moaning and gasping, and could have survived with medical treatment.

"She stole his life," prosecutor Richard Alpert said in closing arguments. "She stole his hope of anyone else saving his life. That's murder."

The defense acknowledged that Biggs lived for an hour or two, but said calling for medical help would have not made a difference.

Defense attorney Jeff Kearney said that Mallard, high on drugs and alcohol, panicked at the sight of the twisted, bloody body in the windshield. He said she sat in the car and cried, repeatedly apologizing to Biggs.

Kearney argued she should be found guilty of failing to stop and render aid - not murder.

The jury took 50 minutes to reach the verdict. Biggs' son and other relatives showed no emotion. On the other side of the courtroom, Mallard's family members, including her mother, wept and were comforted by friends. Both families declined to comment.

Mallard pleaded guilty earlier this week to tampering with evidence by dumping the body. She faces two to 10 years in prison.

Biggs' body was found in a park the day after the crash. Authorities thought he had been hit by a car but had no leads until four months later, when one of Mallard's acquaintances called police and said Mallard talked about the incident at a party.

Officers went to Mallard's house and found the bloodstained, dented car. They also found the passenger seat burned in the back yard.

The defense said Mallard's friend Clete Deneal Jackson talked her into dumping the body and concealing the crime.

Jackson testified that Mallard took him to her garage about six hours after she hit Biggs. He said he removed Biggs' body that night and, with the help of his cousin, Herbert Tyrone Cleveland, dumped it in the park.

Jackson and Cleveland pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and agreed to testify. Jackson received a 10-year sentence; Cleveland, nine years.

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  • ml_manml_man The Asylum... Seeking Refuge
    edited June 2003
    Texas Woman Gets 50 Years in Windshield Murder


    June 27, 9:05 PM (ET)

    By Jon Herskovitz
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas woman who struck a man with her car, drove home and left him to bleed to death while wedged in the windshield was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison for murder, as prosecutors said she showed unbelievable indifference to her victim.

    A jury sentenced Chante Mallard, a 27-year-old nurse's aide who said her judgment was clouded by drugs, alcohol and fear during the incident, to 50 years for murder and another 10 years for tampering with evidence. The sentences will be served concurrently, with Mallard eligible for parole in 25 years.

    Mallard cried as the sentence was read.

    The seven men and five women of the jury, who convicted Mallard of murder on Thursday in less than an hour, returned with the sentence after almost three hours of deliberations.

    Tarrant County Prosecutor Christy Jack had urged them to give Mallard a life sentence, as prosecutors presented evidence showing that 37-year-old Greg Biggs would have survived his injuries, which included a nearly amputated leg, if he had received prompt medical care.

    Instead he bled to death in Mallard's darkened garage over the next few hours while she plotted with friends over how to dispose of the body.

    "What comes naturally to her is to allow a man to suffer a cruel, cruel death," Jack said in closing arguments. "She could have saved him. Doesn't that speak volumes about her character?"

    Mallard struck Biggs on an October 2001 night after she smoked marijuana, took the drug ecstasy and had 69-cent drinks at a night club. She then drove nearly two miles home with the homeless man stuck in the windshield, his body lodged in the car and his legs sprawled on the hood.

    Biggs' mangled body was dumped in a park in Fort Worth about two days later and was found naked from the waist down as he lay in a heap near a children's swing set.

    A week after the murder, Mallard returned to the same night club with friends, where she picked up a man and took him to a friend's apartment for a night of sex.

    RESTITUTION IS REQUIRED

    Her crime remained undetected for about four months until police received a tip from a person who knew a friend of Mallard's. One of Mallard's friends testified the former nurse's aide was "pissed" when she got caught, and police found her dented and bloodied Chevy compact still in her garage.

    After the trial, the lead prosecutor Richard Alpert said Texas prosecutors were satisfied with the sentence. "The crime itself was so bizarre," Alpert said. "That level of indifference is unique."

    Defense attorney Jeff Kearney, meanwhile, pleaded with the jury for leniency for Mallard, saying that she deserved a second chance. After the trial, he said the defense team knew Mallard was facing a long stint in prison.

    "This case would have been much more defensible if they didn't have the evidence of her conduct immediately following the incident," Kearney said, adding an appeal was expected.

    After tearful testimony from Mallard during the punishment phase of her trial on Thursday -- in which she apologized for the crime and blamed it on illegal drugs -- defense lawyers called a toxicologist who testified Mallard's drug use may have impaired her ability to make decisions in an emergency.

    Mallard said under cross-examination she was afraid of getting arrested after hitting Biggs.

    Brandon Biggs, the son of the slain man said that his family and Mallard's were deeply scarred by the crime.

    "To Chante, I personally would like to say that I would accept your apology. In return, I hope, you will accept my forgiveness," Biggs said, adding: "While forgiveness is given, restitution is still required."
  • edited June 2003
    good stuff.

    i wish we had stronger laws over here. If you did that in the UK, youd get 10 years max. and be out in 3.

    its crap over here.
  • ShivianShivian Australia
    edited June 2003
    Simply there was no excuse for what she did... she could have saved his life or more to the point, at least tried to.
  • Red-DawnRed-Dawn Been kidnapped and being held hostage in Edinburgh
    edited June 2003
    i reckon we should bring back the death penalty here, save tax payers money for 1 and prevent the prison service being completely over run, not like it hasn't already.
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy Knob Pflugerville with a "P"
    edited June 2003
    Originally posted by Red Dawn
    i reckon we should bring back the death penalty here, save tax payers money for 1 and prevent the prison service being completely over run, not like it hasn't already.
    Red Dawn

    Here in Texas, where that took place the death penalty is well in place. Texas has the highest number of people executed in the country. It is over twice as many as the next closest state!

    YEEEE HAAAAAA!!!!!!
  • Red-DawnRed-Dawn Been kidnapped and being held hostage in Edinburgh
    edited June 2003
    Should have added her to that tally IMHO. Her punishment should have been to serve as an example, not to be hidden away.

    But alas the UK is run by a bunch of weak willed piss artists that won't do anything to prevent the spiralling demise of society so we'll prob never see the death penalty enforced again unless some1 kills a swan and the queens having a real bad day:)
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