New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Murder victim’s filmily watches killer die
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — In the end, Linda Kelley expressed gratitude to the man who killed her son and daughter—not because of what he did to her, but what he did for her.
“I am grateful that he made this decision,” Mrs. Kelley said Friday as she and four other members of her family became die first survivors of murder victims in Texas to watch the killer of their loved ones be put to death.
The decision: Condemned murderer Leo Jenkins volunteered for execution.
“He has saved us years and years in the appeals system,” she said. “I am thankful for that. I don’t know I could live with this for another IO to 20 years.”
Jenkins, 38, received lethal injection for the 1988 fatal shooting of Kara Voss, 20, and Mark Kelley, 25, at their family-owned pawn shop in Houston.
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40 Pages in four sections ■ Sunday, February, 11,1996
Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■Home of IRMA FISCHER
Vol 144. No. 65
Family fights to keep killer behind bars
Porfirio Bonifacio could be freed after serving IO years for murder of his wife
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitiivtg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Craig Christophurson, Fran * Ulard (Monday, 85 years), >arlono Clennan, Archie Culpepper (Monday), Irma Hschor (48 years), Rat Hansbauor and Janet Mack (Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Victor and Rosin Rodriguez, Rita and Paul Judson (46 years),
Howard and Irons Brandenburg (44 years), Alfredo and Rose Mary Montanez, and Edgar and Patti Westbrook (belated, 23 years).
NBU rate increases on agenda
The city council will vote tomorrow night for the first of three times on proposed sewer and water rate increases by New Braunfels Utilities.
NBU trustees and city council members have discussed NBU’s capital projects and possible funding methods for several months. The city council will vote three times before any proposed rates are approved. Interested NBU customers are encouraged to attend Monday’s city council meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building.
Friends of the Library to meet
Friends of the Library will have a meeting Thursday,
Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Dittlinger Memorial Library. Anyone interested in joining this civic group is invited to attend.
Canyon Lake blood drive
A blood drive will be held at Canyon Lake at the VFW Post in Sattler, Friday, Feb. 16 from noon to 5 p.m.
Donors may designate their blood as replacement for blood used by Helen Records, an active member of Fischer School Community Center for many years. For information, call 935-2625.
Last call for Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year
Each spring, the Herald-Zeitung presents a Citizen of the Year award and several Unsung Hero awards at a reception celebrating the annual Horizons edition of the newspaper.
The Herald-Zeitung needs the public's help in finding Unsung Heroes. Do you know a person whose good deeds have gone unrecognized? Drop off a letter telling us about your Unsung Hero candidate at the Herald-Zeitung office, 707 Landa St.
Nominations may also be faxed to 625-1224 Make sure to include your own name and daytime telephone number.
Nominations for Citizen of the Year are also needed.
The deadline for nominations is 3 p.m. Monday.
Sorry, no lottery numbers today
Due to an earlier-than-usual deadline for this newspaper, the winning numbers from Saturday night's Texas Lotto drawing are not in today's paper. They will be printed in the Tuesday Herald-Zeitung
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Vivian Moore Nickell is urging her friends to help stop the parole of the man convicted of murdering her sister IO years ago at Canyon Lake.
Nickell, a resident of New Baltimore, Michigan, is urging the friends of her murdered sister, Denise Moore Bonifacio, to ask the Texas Parole Board to deny parole to Porfirio Bonifacio, who was convicted of second degree murder of her sister in a Comal County district court in 1986.
“If he were paroled, I don’t think he would stay in this country. In the past, he has told people that he has gotten away with murder before and that it gets easier (every time),’’ Nickell claimed.
Denise and Porfirio were married for 13 years before her nude, decom
posed body was found in a wooded area near the Canyon Lake Marina in April 1986. Denise had been stabbed 17 times in the back with a pocket knife and stripped of all her clothes, jewelry, and any other identification, Nickell said.
At the time of the murder, the couple resided in Schertz, where Denise worked at a convenience store. Porfirio reported to the Schertz Police Department that his wife was missing on April 25, 1986. Denise’s body was found eight days later.
Porfirio was arrested May 13, 1986.
During the trial, witnesses testified that Denise, who was 31 at the time of
the murder, had told them she was a victim of physcial abuse from Porfirio. One of the witnesses, the victim’s boyfriend Stephen Hood of Cibolo, said that Mrs. Bonifacio wanted out of the marriage and wanted a divorce but that her husband threatened her.
Hood testified that on April 24,1986 he was waiting for Mrs. Bonifacio outside a Schertz convenience store when he saw her drive past with her husband. She had “a frightened look on her face,” Hood said.
Nickell believes her sister was coerced into going with her husband to Canyon Lake on that fateful day.
“I don’t think my sister would have
gone with him unless he made up a story or coerced her into going with him because she already had made other plans for that day,” Nickell said.
Mr. Bonfacio was charged with second degree murder because the murder weapon was never found.
He was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Sept. 11, 1986. He is eligible for parole this year.
Nickell said the pain of her sister’s death still hurts her family IO years later.
“After my sister was murdered, my mother, who was in her late 50’s and extremely ill at the time, went into shock. She eventually died,” Nickell
said. “My dad is now in my nursing home and every time I go and see him he thinks I am Denise. He has a high school picture of Denise and looks at that and thinks I am her.”
Nickell said time is quickly coming when Mr. Bonifacio will be up for parole.
People w ho want to write concerning Mr. Bonifacio’s parole should write the Texas State Parole Board with his name and State ID number — 03683964 and TDC ID number — 432062. Nickell said people should state why he should not be paroled and that the maximum sentence should be served out.
Letters may be sent to Nickell, at 50666 Budwood, New Baltimore, MI 48047. •
She will forward them in a single packet to the Texas Parole Board.
Children’s Museum gets the boot
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
On the eve of its 10th birthday, the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels has to move.
Insignia, a large national real estate firm, recently bought the shopping center where the museum is located. The new owner has asked the museum to vacate its building within three to six months, said Susan Williams, CMNB executive director.
The museum had been able to make financial ends meet thanks to its non-profit status and a “nominal lease agreement” with the mall’s former owner, Williams said. Insignia informed the CMNB that the lease agreement was ending in a letter dated Feb. I. “We had no knowledge until we got the letter,” she said.
An Insignia representative also told Williams that the CMNB “might not fit in the mix,” the firm had in mind for the refurbished shopping center, Williams said.
The CMNB team is trying to look at the move as a blessing in disguise, Williams said, a chance to move up as well as out. “We see a lot of empty buildings in downtown New Braunfels,” she said.
A historic building would make an ideal new home for the CMNB, if ftmding and other factors could be worked out, Williams said. “We lean toward being a part of historical New Braunfels — we would love to locate in a historic building,” she said. "We want this to be the first step toward a permanent home, and toward future growth and expansion,”
Efforts to contact Insignia were unsuccessful.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Teen-agers hurt in wreck on Loop 337
A pickup truck with three local teen-agers inside was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck on Loop 337 near McCoys Lumbar Friday at about 4 p.m. The pickup truck, driven by Bradley Myers, struck the back of the tractor-trailer, which was slowing to make a right turn. The pickup truck rolled several times, ejecting Myers. Passenger Justin Vacek, 17, of New Braunfels, was taken by AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he is listed in stable condition. The other passenger, Johnathan Meek, 17, of New Braunfels, was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Kennady first to announce mayoral bid
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jordan Metz and friends play at the Children’s Museum yesterday.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Councilwoman Jan Kennady announced Fnday that she would seek the mayor’s office in 1996. The May campaign marks the city’s first at-large mayoral election. The city voted to change to at-large mayoral elections last year.
“My sincere love of New Braunfels has compelled me to respond favorably to the many friends and supporters who have urged me to be a candidate for mayor,” Kennady said.
Mamed to physician Don Kennady, she has lived in New Braunfels for 15 years.
Kennady began as a city council member after years of leadership in local civic groups — including the Comal Garden Club, the Community Service Center, Hospice, Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, Toastmasters, and New Braunfels Republican Women, to name a few.
The Texas Republican Women voted Kennady their First Vice-President last fall.
Kennady’s three years on the city council have been educational and productive, she said. “We are blessed with tremendous city employees who are always willing to ’go
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— Jan Kennady
the extra mile'," she said.
Caring and involved citizens have brought New Braunfels its high quality of life, Kennady said. "Teamwork is the key, and I will strive to have that same teamwork prevalent to involve all local government entities. By joining forces on more projects, we can serve the taxpayers better with the available funds and combined skills,” she said.
The city faces challenges that must be addressed, she said — the water issue, crime prevention, traffic control, street repair and drainage problems. Judicious use of new sales tax revenues could make headway against those problems
Grow th in New Braunfels is a fact of life, Kennady said. “When we talk about economic growth, we also must talk about controlled growth through enforceable ordinances and a united community spirit.”
Kennady pledges to listen to New Braunfels citizens, she said, and to work to keep government to a minimum. “I truly believe that less government is better government,” she said.
City council members should ask four questions before they vote on each issue, she said I) Aa* all of the facts on the table?, 2) Is it fair to the citizens?, 3) Will it address current needs and/or give a boost to future needs?, and 4) Are the benefits worth the cost?
"By routinely considenng these four questions, together w ith citizens’ input, individual study, staff research, careful thought and earnest prayer, I believe the best possible decisions will be made,” Kennady said.
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