"Former DA’s Ex-Wife Doubts Guilt Of Surviving Lake Waco Murder Defendant," is by Paul J. Gately of KWTX-TV.
A Waco lawyer who has waged a battle to free the last of the four men accused of participating in the 1982 murders of three teenagers at Lake Waco is getting support from a very unlikely source.
The ex-wife of the former prosecutor who won a conviction against Anthony Melendez his alleged role in the grisly murders of the three teens has contacted a California criminalists group and asked it to investigate why a California DNA lab is refusing to turn over its findings in the case.
Bernadette Feazell, the ex-wife of former McLennan County District Attorney Vic Feazell, asked the California Association of Criminalists to conduct an investigation of Edward T. Blake, owner of a California DNA lab, who has refused to turn over the lab's findings in relation to the triple murder case.
Walter M. "Skip" Reaves is representing Anthony Melendez, now 52, and the last surviving defendant in the case, who remains in state prison serving a life sentence.
In a letter to Blake dated July 24, CAC ethics committee chairwoman Alicia Lomas-Gross said the group is initiating an investigation into the lab and its practices and will complete a report on or before Oct. 22, unless a 60-day extension is granted.
On Jan. 6 a Waco district judge cleared the way for Reaves to proceed with an effort to have further DNA tests performed on evidence collected during the investigation of the slayings of three teenagers.
Lab owners Blake and Allen Keel were subpoenaed to testify in the January hearing, but neither showed up, Reaves said.
State District Judge Matt Johnson issued an order of attachment for both men who failed to show up but unless one or both of them return to the court's jurisdiction, that order can't be enforced.
On the 30th anniversary of the murders earlier this month Reaves said the reason behind the lab's refusal to turn over evidence is "a million-dollar question."
Reaves said more money, perhaps as much as $40,000 more, might convince the lab to turn over the evidence they have.
Reaves has said he hopes the evidence will ultimately clear Melendez and perhaps identify the real killer.
Earlier coverage of the Lake Waco case begins at the link.