New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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A talent show will be held at New Braunfels Middle School's gymnasium on Monday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 pin. and again on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 6 pjn.
Admission is Si for students and $2 for adults.
Proceeds from the event will benefit gifts athletics at NBMS.
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Alternative utoiccs. inc pro-gam is a drag prevention program for children between the ages of five and 12 who have a hitoory of fondly violence or sub-snce abuse in their families. Volunteers are needed to iwtoto
Kl facilitators, participate in trips and other activities, and aid in after school tutoring. Training is provided.
Contact Panhas Kelly, program administrator, at 620-7530 Monday through Rriday for more information.
Lutheran Church hooting spaghetti dinner tonight
Christ the King Confessional Lutheran Church of New Braunfels, in conjunction with the local Aid Association for Lutherans, Branch 2382, will hold a dinner tonight
from 5:30 p.m. to 730 p.m. a the New Braunfels Senior Gti-nens Center, 659 Lands St A fine offering will be taken a the door with proceed! going to benefit the Nu* Braunfels Swains rStiafny AAL
will match fonds raised by the dinner. The public is welcome.
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The 12th annual Caroling on the Pisa will be held in downtown New Braunfels a 6 p.m. today. Participants are urged to bring flashlights and folding chairs.
Dayqxing Christian Fellow-ship Chortle will present the Christmas Camas "Noel, Jesus is Bom,” a beautiful Christmas presentation by Don March and Luny Wolf. Nuaeqr care available The public la weloome.
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Church, 312 S. Guenther, will hoa a Christmas Camas, 'Von Us A Son ii Oven,''precented by St John's Choir and Orchestra. The presentation will salt a 10:30 tin. today. The public is welcome.
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42 Pages in three sections ■ Dec. 12,1993 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of KENNY BRUCKS
Vol. 142, No. 22
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Parents of murder victim say justice is not prevailing
“It give a person a good feeling to know that Justice wins out over the bai guys, especially in today’s society,"—an excerpt from Kathie Balonis* journal.
Kathie Balonis will be remembered by her parents as a wonderful, sweet person who was excited about life. She was only 24 years-old a the time of her death, some four years ago.
Balonis was murdered in her New Braunfels Oaks Apartments. The person accused of her murder is Jack Warren Davis, who was recently released from jail on a $50,000 bond.
The Balonis family has said they cannot understand why District Court Judge Charles Ramsay decided to reduce Davis* bond.
"I cannot comprehend how Judge Runny could lower the bond,** arid KatMe’s mother,
Louise Balonis. “Is he sending the menage to the leat of the United -Strath* if they want to commit horrible, crimes, they
can send their criminals down to Texas? They can do the crime and we’ll send them back home.”
Davis was convicted of Kathie’s murder in 1990. However, his conviction wk overturned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Austin. He is currently being represented by Houston attorney Stanley Schneider.
Davis* guilt has been thrown into doubt now that his attorney has questioned the validity af serology teals conducted by Fred Zain, who worked at the Bexar County Medical Examiner*! Office when the death took place.
Zain worked the Balonis evidence and testified in Davis* trial.
However, the Balonis family say they have no doubt that Jack Davis is the man who murdered their daughter.
“He looks like an ordinary person. You can put a venomous snake in an ordinary box and put a lid on it but when the lid is taken off, you’ll know what's in that box,** said Louise. "Kathie had to die for us to know. For us to know he is •killer.'*
"Aa for as Zain lying, that is up for a jury to decide,** mid Louise.
Exerpts from the journal
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The following tie a few excerpts from Kathie Balonis* journal. These excerpts were provided to the Her-ald-Zeitung by Louise and Charles Balonis.
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‘The key evidence to me was the three eyewitnesses who saw him come and go,” said Kathie's father, Charles Balonis.
"He said he only went there onetime."
The Balonis family also said they believe the added media attention concerning the case is deliberate.
"Schneider ii pushing for every bit of media attention he can get,” said Louise.
"lf there is no defense, attorneys will play the system and court the media... The only thing egregious in this is what Schneider has done in the media," said Louise, referring to statements by Schneider that this is the most egregious case he has ever worked with.
"He has to know Davis is guilty. I haven't heard him proclaim Davis'
innocence in the media. He's always talking about other things,” said Louise.
"The media keeps talking about whether or not the case will go back to trial. They keep talking about the controversy with Zain,” she said.
Kathie had worked as a school teacher for three years.
"Kathk had a very inquisitive nature. That’s why the became a school teacher," said Louise. "She was a very peaceable person."
"The superintendent evaluated her in her first year of teaching. He said she wu such a remarkable teacher it seemed abe had been teaching for IO years already," said Louise. "She and the kids had a great rapport.”
"We would like to be with Kathie. It would be a great comfort. We will be some day. We know where Kathie is. She it in heaven,” said Louise.
In older to cope with their daughter's death, the Balonis family has become involved with the local group People Against Violent
Crimes and they also work with Parents of Murdered Children in San Antonio. They said their other daughter, Karen, has also worked with people who have lost family members.
"This has changed our lives. Our lives will never be the same. We try to remember the good times we had We were a very close family,” abe said.
"There is far too much attention given to murderers, rapids and pedophiles," Louise aid in reference to today’s society. "The victims are pushed aside. They are called the accused, corpse, body. All victims had a life. They had somebody who loved them. The had a name. Kathie had a wonderful life and had a lot to contribute to society.”
"I try to put myself in her place,” said Louise. "There is at least 20 minutes that we know she wu alive and being tortured. That ii not looked at because she is gone. People don’t want to look at what wu done,” said Louise.
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Body found at Canyon Lake
By JENNINE!! ROMPEL sun writ*
The body of white female wu recovered Saturday morning from the south tide of Canyon Lake, according to officials from the Comal County Sheriff a Office.
The body wu found at ll am. Saturday by a fisherman on the lake, according to reports from sheriff a department
The Albumin immediately called the Comal County Sheriff* Office, laid Sgt. Don Reynolds, who ii invert-
gating the case.
The woman bu nor been identified * this time. Officials have ordered that an autopsy be conducted.
The autopay it scheduled to take place today, according to Reynolds.
Reynolds said further information is expected to be released Monday after the autopsy ie conducted.
He said other details are not being rekaud st this time in order to not jeopardy the investigation of the eau.
The case is also being investigated by Comal County Sheriffs Office Detective Jimmy Ummer.
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