New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Prom in orw Motion ■ Friday, Feb. 4,1994Plea bargain reached In Canyon Lake murder
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
assaulted Tallant; however, Reinter said there was little evidence to prove a sexual assault took place.
basically what happened is officers found the body nude Bom die waist down," he said. “They assumed she had been raped”
Reinter said results from the autopsy did not confirm there had been a sexual assault.
Waller will be required to serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Reimer said because the offense is classified as a “3-G” offense by the Texas Penal Code, the amount of time required to serve will be more than if Waller had received a life sentence for murder.
*Tn a murder case, a person has to get life to
ensure dot he will not be eligible for parole for IS years,” he said.
Reinter said the statute was changed Sept I and changed the required time from one-fburth of the sentence to one-half of the sentence.
Waller had also been charged with theft over $750. Reinter said the district attorney’s office will not pursue those cases at this time.
“When you get 20 flat, you don’t mess with stuff like that. He will be 41 before he ever gets the chance to get out of jail,” he said.
Waller had not yet been indicted by the Comal County Grand Jury. The case was investigated by the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Waller was arrested in Seguin on Dec. 15. He was located by officers from the Seguin Police
Department who knew the Comal County Sher^ iflPa Office was looking for the man.
A fisherman found TaUwt's body at ll ajn. on Dec. ll and immediately called the Chawl County Sheriffs Office. It took several days for the CCSC) to identify the woman. Investigators believe the IhUatt, who was confined to a wheelchair, was visiting Comal County and was planning to camp at the lake.
Her car, a 1986 Ford Escort, was found behind the VFW Hall in Schertz by officers from the Schertz Police Department Tallant’s purse had earlier been found by Schertz police officers.
Officials said the death was reported to be the result of strangulation and drowning.
A man accused of killing an Odessa woman in December plead guilty Thursday afternoon to charges of murder.
Michael Lynn Waller, 21, agreed to a 40-year sentence for foe murder of Colleen Tallant, 38, of Odessa. Tallant's body was found on the south side of Canyon Lake.
The plea was offered by Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer.
Waller was originally charged with capital murder. A person can be charged with capital murder if the act was committed while the person was in the course of commiting another crime. In this case, deputies believed Waller had sexuallyBirthday with—from tho HorahMCoitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to, Kitty Tuttle, Jessica Bridges, Mike Noble, Earl Noble, aud Hazel Mamas.NorthcliffB sets Meet UMI Candidate night
The Northdiffe Community Homeowners' Association is presenting an opportunity fix voters to meet and tar candidates running in the March IO primary election. The Meet the Candidate night will be Thursday, Feb. IO at 7 p.m. at the Northdiffe Country Club.
Both Democrat and Republican candidates fix county and state offices have been invited to speak in a timed forum.
A spaghetti buffet dinner will be available prior to the event. To get there, drive eight miles south of New Braunfels on 1-35 and turn into the fountained entry af North-difife.
For more information, call Joanne Wells at (210>609-2576 or 820-2159.Water issues to be raised Saturday at Civic CenterHumnwl Mu—urn dinner slated
The Hummel Museum Volunteer Recognition Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 pm. to the Chilla Kitchen. Spouses are welcome. Attendees can order a la carte and pay as they go.
RS VP no later than 12 p.m., Feb. 5 to Ursula at 625-5636 or Ernestine at 629-3955.
NBISD hosting Tri-County textbook flooring Thursdoy
The Tri-County textbook hearing will be held at New Braunfels High School from 5:30 pan. to 9:30 p.m. in foe "B” wing (in the new part of the school, on the right side of the building when frdngit)
Textbook publishers will be on hand to describe the various features of their texts and trmtppt-nying materials and answer questions.
For more information, call Mike I Fitsko at 620-6200.
8tudants al Ste. Pater and Paul Catholic School took part In an exercise catted Mind Joggers Thursday aa part of th# •choora Cathode School Wack celebre-Son. Pictured above, Stephanie VanderVoiste gives directions to Bonnie McLellen and Amora Richardson of the fourth grade, as they compete In a string puzzle game, where the winners get a pizza. Pictured left, Jennifer Cox and Allaon Hernandez play tho string puzzle.
HonddZehung photos by JOHN HUSETH
Mardi Gras party at K. of C. Hall
Mardi Gras New Braunfels, 1994, will be held Saturday, Fob.
112 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 pm to midnight.
Music by the Seven Dutchmen. Prizes for best costume. BYOB, beer and setups for sale.
Advance tickets are $7:50 at Hem* Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce, Centex Office Center, IChine ’N' Things, and New Braunites Jewelry.
I Tickets will be $9 at the door.
I Proceeds benefit GfTmtm- Am^ri-lcan Society Scholarship Fund.
Commissioners to rule on validity of petition to ditch W.O.RJ).
By ROSE MARIE EASH nation oft candtdtte for the
Stall Writer Comal Appraisal District
board of directors was tabled until the next Commissioner! Court meeting so that commissioners could consider nominees.
Commissioners adopted a resolution endorsing roadway projects for the Rural IO Year Prefect Development Plan as part of the Internodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.
According to David Kopp,
Comal County Area Engineer, the resolution asks for priorities on road improvements for the roads that are part of the National Highway System—Interatate 35, State Highway 46 and U. S. Highway 281.
“I will tend the county resolution along with the one from the city to day Smith,
the District Transportation Planning Engineer in San Antonio.
Heil working on the plan fix the 16 county San Antonio area. He will in turn send his plan to Austin where they will prioritize the projects for all 25 districts in the state.”
Kopp said the county is asking that Interstate 35 be completed through Comal County as its number one priority.
The other two requests are that State Highway 46 be made a four-lane road from Loop 337 to Farm to Market 2722 with a fifth turning lane from the Loop to Farm to Market 1863 and that U.S. 281 be made a divided highway from the Guadalupe River to the Blanco County line.
ffrhMsifrfflrri wfh drakfp if the petition to dissolve the Water Oriented Recreation District is valid at a IO ain. public hearing Thursday, Feb. 17.
lf it it valid,the commissioners will then conduct a hearing on the merits.
According to election records for the 1990 gubernatorial election a total of 5,106 ballots were cart within the district.
A total of IO pereeat effort amount is required to make the petition valid. Thrt would mean 511 valid signatures must be included. A brief examination of the petition ■hows 453.
In other business at the Thursday tftriffi. the nocni-
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