The Facts of the Murder
Around midnight on May 29, 2008, Ryan Adam Moon and his new girlfriend, Jamayea Brockett, were at 707 Bunche St. in Odessa, TX. Also present were Brockett’s long-time family friend, Terrance Jackson, Jackson’s girlfriend Sarah Fontenot, and another man unknown to Adam and Brockett, later determined to be Christopher Lyson.
Adam and Terrance Jackson were involved in a physical altercation over money. Adam was stabbed five times in the chest. Jackson, Fontenot, and Lyson fled the scene. Brockett drove Adam to Odessa Regional Hospital where she told the ER that he was, “arguing with a friend (Jackson) who stabbed him.” Adam told ER nurses Brenda Campbell and Rosemary Garza that, “Terrance did it,” before he died.
Soon after, Jackson, Fontenot, and Lyson were apprehended at their apartment in Midland, TX. OPD released Jackson and Fontenot a few hours later without charging them with any crime. Christopher Lyson was arrested and tried for first-degree murder. A murder weapon was not recovered. Without a single shred of physical evidence, and no credible circumstantial evidence, a jury acquitted Lyson on November 20, 2009.
Suspicions Before The Trial
Prior to Lyson’s murder trial, Adam’s family already had reservations about Brockett’s credibility. She told a different story every time she talked about the murder, but she consistently said she did not see who stabbed Adam.
A month or so after Adam's death, I got a copy of his ER records. I wanted to know that the hospital did all they could do to save his life. I was taken aback when I saw the additional history section that said, "BROUGHT IN POV (privately owned vehicle) FEMALE THAT CAME IN WITH HIM SAID PT WAS ARGUING WITH A "FRIEND" WHO STABBED HIM."
Brockett had told us that Jackson was her longtime friend and her mother’s drug dealer. Brockett’s cousin had dated him for several years. She and Adam had never seen Christopher Lyson before that night.
I worried that police might not have copies of the hospital records yet, so I contacted lead investigator, Adam Barboza. It didn’t make sense that Brockett would accuse a friend of the stabbing if she didn’t see it happen. I didn’t understand why they arrested a stranger if Brockett said a friend (Jackson) stabbed Adam.
I told Barboza that the day after Adam’s death, Brockett got a call from her cousin who informed her that Jackson had been circling her house. Brockett was so terrified of her friend that she called OPD to have them escort her home to get clothes. Brockett spent the next three days at my brother Mark’s house, too afraid of Jackson to go home.
I also told Barboza that while in the ER, Brockett had told Mark that Ice Cream stabbed Adam, and that since the murder, we had learned that Ice Cream is Terrance Jackson’s street name.
I mentioned to Barboza that Brockett had told various stories about the murder. She told me that Adam and Jackson had struggled over a screwdriver. She said she took it and threw it in Adam’s car, but she told Adam’s mother that she left the hospital to hide cocaine and a screwdriver. I advised Barboza that Brockett told me she did not tell police about the screwdriver. I knew Adam’s lip was cut with a screwdriver. I was suspicious of Brockett. I thought she could have hidden important evidence, perhaps even the murder weapon.
Barboza said he was not aware of a screwdriver but he wasn’t concerned about it or about the ER records. He assured me they had arrested the right person, but he said he couldn’t release details of an ongoing investigation. I made a huge mistake that day and trusted Barboza.
On Sept. 21, 2009, I emailed ADA Justin Cunningham and expressed my concerns about Brockett. I told Cunningham about the ER records and the screwdriver. I also asked him about the murder weapon. I mentioned that the three had been apprehended within hours of the murder, and they were always together, so if Jackson and Fontenot were telling the truth, they should be able to tell Cunningham exactly where the murder weapon was. Cunningham called me and said that he had evidence to show there was a period of time when the three were separated.
Adam’s mother, Karen, later drove Brockett to a pre-trial interview with DA, Bobby Bland. During the ride, Brockett asked Karen if she thought Lyson would be convicted. Karen told her she did not, since no one saw it happen. Brockett told Karen she would lie and tell Bland she saw Lyson do it. Karen advised her not to lie.
The first day of Lyson’s trial, Cunningham told us that it would be difficult to win. Assuming Lyson was guilty, I asked if they had discussed a plea bargain with him. We were quickly escorted into DA Bland’s office. Bland started hitting his desk with his fists, and accused us of trashing him on the internet. I spoke up and said that I had commented on my personal blog about him, but I did not trash him. I was so shocked, that I do not recall what Bland said about the plea bargain. (You can read my blog entry here: http://myworlddelivered.blogspot.com/2009/09/finally-trial-date.html)
Cunningham told us that he subpoenaed several of Lyson’s family members because the judge wanted to keep emotion out of the courtroom. He also subpoenaed Karen because, he said, who better than a mother to tell the jury who Adam was if Lyson got convicted.
Cunningham told me that Lyson’s attorney subpoenaed me because he found my name on the internet (that darned blog again.) Karen and I said that we hadn’t been served any subpoena, and we would be in the court room. We broke for lunch, and as we were heading out the door, Karen and I got served.
Highlights of Lyson’s Trial
Brockett testified that while she was driving Adam to the hospital, he told her, “the white dude,” (Lyson) stabbed him. Brockett told jurors that she overheard Adam tell Terrance Jackson, “your homeboy didn’t have to stab me like that.” She said she was positive she saw Lyson making stabbing motions but she did not see a knife.
The Assistant District Attorney, Justin Cunningham, told the jury that Adam was mistaken when he named Terrance Jackson as the killer because, “he probably could not see who stabbed him.” Since Adam had no defensive wounds, Cunningham thought that was proof that the witnesses, Brockett, Fontenot, and Jackson were telling the truth, that Lyson snuck up on Adam and stabbed him.
OPD detectives testified they spotted several holes in Lyson’s story. They said they confiscated three knives. They found a blue and black Rite Edge knife, and a KKK engraved knife in a bag in Lyson’s backpack at the apartment in Midland where Jackson, Fontenot, and Lyson lived. They also found a black Harley Davidson knife in the front passenger door panel of Fontenot’s car where Terrance Jackson was sitting.
Naomi McDonald from Texas DPS Crime Lab testified that none of the knives could be linked to the stabbing, but a caustic substance (the judge would not allow the use of the word bleach) could cause DNA to disintegrate.
Sarah Fontenot testified that she watched Lyson wash the knife with bleach, then dry it at the apartment in Midland.
Terrance Jackson testified that he did not see the stabbing, but Lyson told him he did it and showed him about how far with a pocketknife. Jackson said that after the fight they stopped at Money Joe Belcher’s apartment. Jackson was sick and had to throw up. Cunningham introduced a photo of vomit found at Belcher’s apartment. Cunningham felt the vomit proved Jackson was telling the truth.
Lyson’s attorney, Dusty Gallivan asked the jury to believe Adam, and pointed the finger at Jackson. He listed Jackson’s numerous felony convictions and stated that Jackson was hiding in the bed when Midland police arrived. He pointed out that Jackson was the only one of the three that had blood on him.
Gallivan accused detectives of basing their entire investigation on Brockett’s statement. He accused the witnesses of lying and changing their stories. He said the investigation was shoddy at best.
Gallivan said that the only evidence tested was three knives, and they did not test the folds of the knives where DNA would be harder to wash away. He said they did not check the knives for fingerprints.
Detectives admitted confining the scope of their investigation by basing their questions on Brockett’s initial statement.
Lyson did not present a defense. After three days of testimony, and four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Lyson. Not guilty.
Concerns After The Acquittal
Our family didn’t know that Adam had named Jackson as his killer until it came out at the trial. We didn’t know Brockett had told police that Adam told her the white dude stabbed him, or that Brockett told them she saw Lyson stab Adam. We were stunned to say the least. I knew Brockett lied.
Why would Brockett tell the hospital that “a friend” stabbed Adam if she had just witnessed a stranger do it, and then tell us that she did not see who it?
Why would Adam tell Brockett that the white dude stabbed him, and then a few minutes later change his mind, and tell not one, but two ER nurses that Jackson did it?
Brockett’s multiple stories just didn’t add up. I wondered why investigators and the DA’s office would believe this girl over the nurses and Adam’s dying words? Did Cunningham notice the cocaine hanging from her nose as she lied to the jury? What did the police and prosecutors see that Adam’s family and twelve jurors overlooked? Why would they keep information as important as a dying declaration from a murder victim’s family when the law doesn’t require it?
Why Didn’t They Want Us in The Courtroom?
My head was spinning with questions, not just about Brockett and these thugs, but about the way we were treated by the DA’s office. Why did Cunningham escort my family into DA Bland’s office? Why did Bland slam his hands on his desk and scream at my family for a simple question about a plea bargain?
Why were Karen and I subpoenaed just 30 minutes before the trial began and never called to testify. Why would Lyson’s lawyer subpoena me as Cunningham claimed? I thought he was guilty before I heard the evidence.
I decided I would do a little research to find out if the subpoenas were even legal. I see people on the news all the time crying in a courtroom. I was floored by what I learned.
The Texas Victim Rights law gives Karen the right to attend all public hearings. The law also gives her the right to a waiting area free of witnesses. They denied her the legal right to attend the murder trial of her only son. Instead, we were held in an area in front of Bland's office where they paraded Adam's killer and his girlfriend (their star witnesses, Jackson and Fontenot) in front of us.
Texas law states the testimony of a witness must be material for the state or the defense. What material testimony could I possibly have for Lyson? It must not have been very material since they didn't bother to attempt to serve me.
Most important, the law clearly states the subpoena must identify the party at whose instance the subpoena is issued, and the party's attorney of record. My subpoena read “in behalf of the state.” Lyson’s lawyer didn’t subpoena me, Cunningham did.
Cunningham lied. That is not my opinion, that is a fact. Bland knew it. Cunningham knew it. Everyone was in on it except Adam's family. Why would Cunningham lie? Why did they keep important information from us from the very beginning? Why didn’t they want us in that courtroom? I had to know. After all, Ryan Adam Moon deserved justice. Our family deserved closure. Nobody wanted a killer running loose. Or did they?
Straight From Their Own Files
I got copies of police reports and crime scene photos through a Freedom of Information Act request. I was appalled at what I read. OPD didn’t respond at all to the first call the hospital made to report the crime. Det. Shelly Stanford was sent to the wrong hospital!
Cpls. Rusty Martin and Gary Potter went to the wrong crime scene address! Instead of seizing the car they knew was part of a crime scene, they allowed Brockett and her friend to drive it, and followed her to the crime scene at 707 Bunche. The two keystone kops then used copy/paste for their official reports in a murder investigation.
Most important, it is apparent that Lyson’s attorney was correct. From Brockett’s statement alone, OPD immediately dismissed Adam’s final words, and formed a theory that, “Moon probably couldn’t see who stabbed him.” Even though Adam spent his last breath of life to tell them who stabbed him, they never considered anything but Brockett’s account, and they never regarded Terrance Jackson as a suspect.
OPD spent less than twelve hours investigating this murder. They spent exactly 1 hour and 13 minutes to photograph, video tape, and collect evidence at the Midland apartment and Fontenot’s Altima.
In their haste, they overlooked critical details. They didn’t bother to collect crucial evidence. Some of it, they lost. They neglected to test most of what they did manage to pick up and not lose.
Brockett, Jackson, and Fontenot all told police a completely different story than what they told jurors. Some of their statements do not make sense. Nobody verified inconsistencies. They did not follow up on any witness statements.
Other than Cpl. Craig Goodson (the first officer to arrive at the hospital who interviewed the nurses,) and Det. Stanford, no other police report ever even mentions the dying declaration. Even the lead investigator, Adam Barboza does not cite it. I would think this would be a homicide detectives dream, but it is as if Adam never even said it. That is unbelievable to me.
“Moon Couldn’t See Who Stabbed Him” Doesn’t Hold Water
Det. Shelly Stanford interviewed Brockett for less than ten minutes. Brockett told Stanford that Adam and Jackson were fighting. While Adam was on the ground and Jackson was on top of him, she saw the white dude (Lyson) run up, kneel down, jab at Adam, and then get up and run away. Brockett said that Jackson got up and ran too, and Fontenot’s Altima sped away.
Brockett said she went over to help Adam up and noticed blood. That is when she realized he was stabbed. Brockett told Stanford that while she was driving Adam to the hospital, he told her the white dude stabbed him.
From Brockett’s account, along with the location of Adam’s wounds, (see Det. Mike Liverett’s report) Stanford formed the theory that, “Moon probably couldn’t see who stabbed him.”
If Brockett saw who stabbed Adam, of course she could describe where he was jabbed. It does not prove or even indicate who stabbed him, Lyson, a stranger, or Jackson, a friend.
Stanford’s theory doesn’t make sense, and it doesn’t correspond with the evidence. Had Adam truly not seen who stabbed him and believed it was Terrance Jackson, why on earth would he tell Brockett that Lyson did it?
Hospital ER records prove Brockett told them a friend (Jackson) did it, not a stranger. The nurses’ witness statements prove that Adam said, “Terrance did it,” not the white dude, as Brockett claimed.
There is no reasonable explanation for Brockett’s discrepancies. In her haste, Det. Stanford did not think her theory through. Stanford did not follow up to clarify the inconsistencies. Instead, she disregarded critical facts, and centered a murder investigation on Brockett’s lies.
Stanford’s Theory Continues
Det. Harvey Enriquez’ report states that on the way to Midland he asked Stanford to brief him on what she learned from Brockett. Stanford told him that Brockett observed who stabbed Adam. Enriquez wrote that Adam “complained to medical staff of not being able to breathe, then moments after saying that Moon died.”
Enriquez did not mention the very important detail Adam told medical staff, “Terrance did it.” Either Stanford did not tell him about it, or it was not a noteworthy factor to Enriquez. Either way, it is obvious that OPD had already developed tunnel vision. They decided that Brockett was more credible than two unbiased ER nurses and the last words of a dying man.
In Stanford’s report, she said she told Sarah Fontenot that “Moons dying words” were that her boyfriend stabbed him. Stanford wrote, “I told her that when Moon and Terrance were fighting, that Moon probably couldn’t see who stabbed him; I told her that all he knew was that he got stabbed while fighting with Terrance and if that is who he believed stabbed him, that’s who he said did it.”
From Stanford’s choice of words, “that’s who he said did it, and that’s who he believed did it,” instead of, that is who did it; it is obvious that Stanford had already determined that Adam was wrong, Brockett was truthful, and Lyson did it.
Stanford Coaches Fontenot Into Implicating Lyson
Stanford told Fontenot that Moon said her boyfriend did it, but “if she knew otherwise,” she needed to say so. Stanford was so sure of her theory, she just needed Fontenot to confirm it. It took her three attempts, but she finally coached Fontenot into saying what she wanted to hear, and implicate Lyson. Stanford gave Fontenot an out that would protect her boyfriend. Fontenot jumped on it and said Lyson did it.
OPD Never Looked at Jackson as a Suspect
According to OPD's own police reports, they wanted to find Jackson only because he was with Lyson and they did not know who he was. Brockett gave them Jackson’s full name. She did not know Sarah’s last name and she did not know the white dude at all.
Cpl. Martin’s report states they, “began to search for subject’s who may have information on who the white male is,” and, as they recite their conversations with Coco Jackson (more on Coco later) and Charles Taylor, they are looking for Jackson only to find the white male.
Det. Mario Baeza and Det. Liverett interviewed Jackson’s mother (more on her later too.) Liverett’s report states they told Mrs. Jackson that, “Terrance was involved in a disturbance and he knew who stabbed Moon.”
From Liverett’s wording, that Jackson knew who stabbed Moon as Brockett told them, instead of, he stabbed Moon as Adam said, apparently OPD never even considered the possibility that Adam might have actually seen who stabbed him. It appears that OPD never even thought of Jackson a suspect.
Drug Informant, Acquaintance, Or Just Another Criminal?
Several of Adam’s friends have told us that Jackson is a police drug informant. Lyson’s mother said that Lyson informed for OPD until his probation officer told him to stop. A former jail guard told me that Jackson had a revolving door out of Ector County Jail.
The day after Adam was killed, Brockett's mother told my family that she bought her stuff (drugs) from Ice Cream. Crystal meth is commonly referred to as Ice. Ice Cream is listed as an alias in Jackson's criminal history. Jackson told Stanford and Enriquez that Ice Cream is his street name.
Brockett told Stanford that Adam loaned Jackson money to “help him get back on his feet.” Surely Stanford had the sense to know this murder was a drug deal gone bad. Maybe in her rush to judgment, she simply overlooked another Brockett lie, but I don’t think so.
DA Bland pointed out to us that Jackson’s only drug conviction is a small marijuana charge several years ago. Coincidentally, that drug conviction is NOT in Ector County. Karen asked Bland if he thought Jackson’s street name is Ice Cream because he likes Blue Bell. Bland didn’t find Karen’s humor as funny as we did.
In Fontenot’s interview, Stanford’s wording is one-sided and biased. She continually calls Adam by his last name, Moon, but calls Jackson by his first name, Terrance, as if she knows him.
Is it just another coincidence that Baeza and Liverett also refer to Adam as Moon and Jackson as Terrance? It is as if these police officers have a personal relationship with Jackson, beyond the typical criminal/police officer association.
Even more troubling, is Cpl. Martin’s report. While trying to locate Jackson (to learn the identity of the white dude) Martin and Potter went to #6 Onyx Court to speak with Jackson’s ex-wife, Coco. They spoke with her father who told them she was staying with a friend on the south side.
Jackson’s ex-wife’s name and address might be a part of his criminal records or in their police computers, but Cpl. Martin wrote in his official report, “I remembered seeing her (Coco) in the 700 blk of Snyder earlier this date. I returned to the house I saw her at, and was able to contact her.”
It appears that not only do the officers personally know Jackson, but Martin knows his ex-wife Coco, and had even seen her the day of Adam’s murder. Is this just another great big coincidence? I doubt it.
The ME at trial said Adam had a small amount of drugs in his system. Cunningham knew Jackson’s street name, Ice Cream, an obvious drug alias. Amazingly, not one single government official ever asked Jackson about the drug deal that caused Adam to lose his life. Would that have opened the door for Lyson’s attorney to expose Jackson for the drug informant that he is?
Jackson’s Suspicious Behavior
Jackson told detectives that he did not know Adam had been stabbed until Midland PD informed him. He never saw anyone stab Adam, he didn’t stab him, and he didn’t know who did. Jackson told detectives that if anyone stabbed Adam, it had to be Chris because it wasn’t him and it wasn’t Sarah. Enriquez said it appeared he was not being truthful.
Enriquez or Stanford never asked Jackson why he got up and ran as Brockett had already told them, or why he was hiding in the bed when Midland PD knocked at the door, if he did not know Adam had been stabbed.
Enriquez noted that at first, Jackson did not look remorseful, but later he began to show concern for Adam. Enriquez said that he still left out what Fontenot told them, that Chris told them he did it and showed him the knife. Jackson never admitted that took place. Enriquez likely misread Jackson. I suspect Jackson was more concerned about spending his life in prison than he was for Adam.
Enriquez said that during his interview, Jackson did not appear to be upset and appeared calm. I cannot imagine that calm would be a typical reaction for an innocent person that might be accused of murder.
The behavior of Jackson’s family appears suspicious, as if they were attempting to hide Jackson from police. Baeza notes that Jackson’s mother was uncooperative, stalling, and wasting time. She lied about where she had been. When police confronted her with arriving from the opposite direction from where she said she was, she still refused to be honest and tell them where she had been. She refused to help them contact Jackson. Jackson’s brother actually hung up the phone on the detectives.
Fontenot’s Changing Story
Sarah Fontenot first told detectives that a tree blocked her view and she did not see anything. She changed her story and said she did not see it, but Lyson told her he did it.
In her third account, Stanford notes that at 1200 hours, Fontenot asked to speak with her. Fontenot then said that Lyson showed her the knife at the apartment in Midland.
Stanford said that Fontenot described the knife as being approximately 3-4 inches long unfolded with a thin blade. Enriquez added that she said the knife was black.
Surely, the detectives asked for more detail on the whereabouts of the knife, that they did not include in their reports, but it appears they did not. Det. Liverett was searching the apartment at the time. Stanford called and asked him to look for the knife Fontenot described. Liverett said he had not seen anything matching that description but he would continue to look.
If Fontenot told the truth, she would have led detectives directly to the knife. There would be no need for them to search for it. Fontenot had to know exactly where it was, what room, what bag, what car, what trash bin. She had just seen it.
It appears that Stanford never considered that Liverett could not find the knife because Fontenot lied about what she saw, or where she was at when she saw it.
In Fontenot’s fourth version for the jury, she said she watched Lyson wash the knife with bleach at the apartment in Midland. There is no mention of bleach in any police report, but photos of the Midland apartment reveal a bottle of Great Value bleach in the top right corner of the kitchen pantry.
This apartment is filthy. Nothing is in place or put away. If Lyson used the bleach, it would have been left sitting out along with everything else, and not in the top of the pantry. It does not make sense that he would bleach the knife, dry it, toss it in a backpack, throw the backpack in a pile in the floor, but put the bleach back in the pantry where it belongs. The bleach wasn’t used as Fontenot claimed.
The Murder Weapon
The trial judge allowed the knives to be introduced as evidence, because ADA Cunningham argued they showed Lyson’s propensity to carry dangerous weapons. They could not prove that any of the knives was the murder weapon.
Cunningham insinuated the blue and black Rite Edge knife found in Lyson’s backpack was the murder weapon. He hinted that Lyson’s bleach washed away the blood. This does not correspond with the police reports.
CSI, Jennifer Myers states that she and Anita Todd photographed and collected the Rite Edge knife. Myers and Todd were out of the apartment by 10:45 am. At noon, Liverett had not seen one matching Fontenot’s description. They already had the Rite Edge.
Fontenot said the knife she saw was black. Lyson’s knife was blue and black. I would describe it as blue. Baeza said the Rite Edge was “in very dirty condition.” The DPS Crime Lab report states the Rite Edge was, “caked with dirt.”
If Lyson cleaned it with bleach well enough to wash away the blood, and then dried it, it would not have been caked with dirt. But they did find a black knife in the door of the car where Jackson was sitting.
In the search warrant for the Midland apartment, they asked to collect rags, sponges, towels, or other cloth-like objects capable of removing blood from surfaces, hands, and persons. In the police photos, I counted eight rags, sponges, and towels in the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Police did not collect even one of them. Perhaps if Fontenot had told them that Lyson washed and dried the knife, they would have bothered to pick them up. That is, if it were true.
Why Did The Stories Change For The Jury?
The knives were not sent to DPS Crime Lab until March 2009, ten months after the murder, as if it was an afterthought. Every one of these witnesses trial testimony was completely different from what they told police. It appears that authorities attempted to create a scenario to fit their theory, even if it meant the witnesses needed to change their stories.
Fontenot eventually gave police a very detailed description of the knife she claimed Lyson showed her. But she never told police she watched Lyson bleach the knife, but it conveniently explains why there is no blood on the Rite Edge.
Det. Enriquez said Jackson never admitted that Lyson told him he stabbed Adam, or showed him the knife, as Fontenot had told them. But that is exactly what Jackson told the jury. His new story aligns with Fontenot’s almost perfectly. Why didn’t they ever ask Jackson where he was or what he was doing when Lyson allegedly used the bleach?
Brockett told Stanford that Jackson got up and ran, but she told the jury that she overheard Adam tell Jackson, “your homeboy didn’t have to stab me like that.” It matches Jackson’s account, that Adam said, “We’re still homies,” to a tee.
Adam and Jackson could not possibly have had any conversation. Jackson was not even there. There is no logical reason for Adam to tell the person that he believed stabbed him, that it is ok.
Cunningham’s murder weapon inference does not correspond with the facts. The bleach had not been used. Bleach would clean the knife. Police had already found the blue Rite Edge. Liverett could not find the knife Fontenot described.
Truth does not change. Truth makes sense. Even Enriquez did not believe it. He knew their stories were rehearsed. In June 2010, I asked DA Bland to see the transcript of his interview with Brockett. Bland told me the notes were in his head.
More Brockett Lies
Brockett did not tell Stanford about the struggle with the screwdriver. She told me. Jackson told police about it, yet lead investigator Barboza said he did not know anything about a screwdriver. Perhaps he should have read the police reports or talked with the other detectives if he led a homicide investigation.
It is not mentioned in the autopsy, but the ME at trial said Adam’s lip was cut with a screwdriver. Det. Troy Lesley said he saw a screwdriver in Adam’s Cadillac. Police photographed it but did not collect it. There is also a photo of a screwdriver on an end table at Money Joe Belcher’s apartment. Again, police did not collect the screwdriver.
Brockett did not tell Stanford she got out of the car and hit Jackson on the head. She told me. I informed Barboza. Fontenot confirms it.
Brockett did not tell Stanford about her confrontation with Lyson. Brockett told me she saw the white dude get out of Fontenot’s car. He was standing with his arms crossed. She pointed her finger at him and told him the fight was none of his business. She said she turned around and walked back to Adam’s car. She said the stabbing must have happened then, and she did not see who stabbed Adam. I told Barboza about it.
Stanford did not clarify Brockett’s inconsistencies. She did not ask Brockett why she omitted important details, or try to find out if they were true. After speaking with Brockett for less than ten minutes, it looks like Stanford determined Brockett was truthful and centered a murder investigation around her word.
Det. Enriquez said that, “it appeared that the three subjects (Jackson, Fontenot, and Lyson) had rehearsed their stories.” Sometime between 1:15 am and 2:13 am, Brockett changed her story. I believe that after she learned of Adam’s death, she spoke with Jackson, and rehearsed her story as well.
Brockett told me she drove Adam to the hospital instead of calling 911 because she did not think it was that bad. There was very little blood. Adam walked to the car by himself. At 1:15 am, Brockett told the ER that Adam was, “arguing with a friend who stabbed him. She was completely unaware of the extent of his injuries. She fully expected Adam to survive. This is probably the only honest comment she made.
ER nurse Brenda Cambell's witness statement said that at 1:26 am Adam coded. A patient in the room next to Adam said he was alert and answering the nurses questions until suddenly he couldn't breathe. The patient said, "I remember seeing a girl, she was frantically trying and talking on her cell phone. There were several other girls with them in the waiting room."
The witness statement from Kendra Jones confirms that Brockett called her at 1:38 am. Angela Turner’s witness statement proves she was in the crowd. Turner is such good friends with Jackson; she was able to list his middle name and date of birth on her witness statement. At 1:53 am, the incident history detail proves there was a large group of people in the waiting room.
At 2:13 am, Brockett changed her story from Adam was arguing with a friend who stabbed him, and told Cpls. Rusty Martin and Gary Potter that the white stranger stabbed Adam.
Perhaps Brockett is covering for her friend by blaming the stranger. Maybe Jackson threatened her. Brockett had plenty of opportunity to communicate with Jackson after she told the ER that her friend stabbed Adam. OPD never checked cell phone records.
Why Didn’t They Test The Evidence That Might Have Convicted Lyson?
Lyson told police that he never went near Adam. He had scratches (so did Jackson) on his side. I cannot tell if they are fresh or healing. Police collected the clothing he was wearing when he was arrested. They took scrapings from Adam’s fingernails.
Had they tested the evidence, instead of coaching witnesses to conform to a theory, they may have found the killer. If Adam had Lyson’s DNA under his nails, or they found trace evidence on his clothing, they could have proved Lyson did it. That is, if they thought he did.
The Two White Shirts
Brockett told Stanford that both Lyson and Jackson had on white shirts. Lyson was wearing black when he was arrested. Barboza’s report said that Cpl. S. Smith located a white tee shirt in the alley by the trash bin at Belcher’s apartment. They collected the shirt but did not test it.
There is a photo of a white tee shirt in plain sight on the patio at the Midland apartment. Police did not pick it up. Lyson’s mother said it was Jackson’s Wife Beater tee shirt covered in blood and vomit.
Adam's White Shorts
Brockett told Stanford that Adam and Jackson were rolling around on the ground. She told Martin and Potter that the fight started in the front yard and ended in the street. Jackson said the fight continued into the street and then up into his moms front yard.
The photos show oil stains in the street and half dead grass in the yard. If this is true, wouldn’t you see oil and grass stains on Adam’s white shorts? His shorts are clean.
Det. Barboza’s report states that at 2:24 am, Sgt. Paul Bartlett advised that a fight had started in the street. The victim had run across the front yard of 707 Bunche and a vehicle parked in the driveway and then back to the street. They did not locate any blood splatter.
I suppose it would be hard to see blood drops in grass at 2:30 in the morning. To my knowledge, they never looked in daylight. In all the photos on Bunche, it is dark.
What concerns me about this statement is the victim had run. I asked Bland for Bartlett’s report twice. I still do not have it. This could be just Barboza’s choice of words, but when I read that statement, I pictured Adam running from these thugs for his life.
Adam used drugs. He did not sell them. Brockett had been Adam’s live-in girlfriend for approximately eight months. I do not know if he knew her prior to that, but Adam went downhill quick, when he became involved with her. I do not know how to describe Brockett, other than trash. Her mother is so strung out on crack that she cannot carry on a coherent conversation.
Adam was not violent. His sister witnessed him literally run from a fight. It is not in his character to fight or pull a screwdriver on anyone. He could not even kill a mouse.
Adam had planned to break up with Brockett. He had been talking with a former girlfriend and they were planning to get back together. Adam was torn, because he felt that Brockett didn’t have anyone that cared about her.
A few weeks before the murder, Brockett found a photo of Adam’s ex in his wallet. On Mother’s Day, he threw Brockett’s mother out of the house. Brockett was very upset.
The day before he was killed, Adam visited his mother. He was supposed to be released from probation (for drug possession) the following day. He wanted to borrow money for rent and fees. Karen watched him pull $2000.00 from his wallet, count it, and then return it to the wallet. She told him to pay the rent and show her a receipt and she would give him what she could afford.
As we were scrambling to find money to bury Adam, the unemployed Brockett, went shopping and got a tattoo. Karen and Adam’s sister saw a wad of money wrapped in a rubber band in Brockett’s purse. I thought it was probably Adam’s money.
For four years, I thought that the hospital, or perhaps even Adam, had given Brockett the wallet, but I did not know for sure. I thought the police might have had the wallet and the money along with his other clothing.
When I got the police photos, I told Adam’s sister that the wallet wasn’t there. I thought I was confirming that Brockett had it. She told me the hospital gave her Adam’s wallet the day we were there getting his ER records. She said there was no money in the wallet.
If Brockett had the money, but the hospital had the wallet, this can only mean that Brockett had Adam’s money before he went into the hospital. Wouldn’t money be the last thing on your mind if your boyfriend had just been stabbed?
Motive for Murder
$2000.00 would be a fortune to Brockett. Perhaps Adam broke up with her that night. She knew he had money. Maybe she wanted it and killed him for it. Brockett could be covering for Jackson out of fear or loyalty.
Fontenot never got out of the car and had no reason to kill Adam. Adam was a complete stranger to Lyson. What motive would he have except pure evil?
Adam’s friends heard that Brockett’s mother wanted Adam “roughed up” for throwing her out of the house. Perhaps her drug dealer obliged and things got out of control.
My theories are conjecture, but OPD or the DA never presented a motive. They never questioned Adam’s family or friends, but they did interview Brockett’s friends. They never even considered one of the fundamentals of solving a murder, a motive.
Brockett told them her story. They believed her. They never considered any other possibility. They built a murder case around what she told them. Twelve hours later, they were finished and never looked at it again. They put a man on trial for his life without one shred of evidence. They lost. Now they refuse to answer questions or investigate the murder.
Communication with OPD
I have written several letters to OPD Chief Timothy Burton and Bobby Bland asking them to justify their investigation or reopen the case. Lt. Eddie Reed responded and said he would review the files and provide answers. His final letter stated that OPD reached a logical and correct conclusion, but he did not answer a single question I asked. Now they do not bother to respond at all.
The District Attorney
One of Bland’s friends was on the jury. This is the very same juror that has trashed my family on this website. Another juror lives two doors down from Fontenot’s mother. Bland initially told us that he tried all murder cases in Ector County. Cunningham was a drug prosecutor. This was his first murder trial.
Why does Bland refuse to answer questions? My family met with Bland in June 2010. He was more concerned with his reputation than he was with the murder, but some of his statements to us and to the press point to his sentiments.
Every time ADA Cunningham said anything, Bland cut him off. At one point, Bland chastised Cunningham in front of us, telling him to be quiet, that this was his meeting. Cunningham did apologize for his lies about the subpoenas.
I also reminded Cunningham that he had said he had evidence to show there was a period of time when the three thugs were not together, and that wasn’t true. Cunningham said he was referring to a time at Belcher’s apartment when Jackson was throwing up. Fontenot was tending to him in the bathroom and Lyson was alone. I said, I see, so this is when you believe Lyson hid the murder weapon? Cunningham did not respond.
Bland showed us photos of Jackson’s hands. He said if Jackson stabbed Adam, his hands would be cut. I mentioned that Lyson’s hands were not cut either. Bland responded with, “Well, they don’t always cut their hands when they stab someone.” I said, what, but you just said? Oh, never mind.
Bland commented to the press that, "the only thing we have is a dead person's statement right before he died, which is contradicted by his own statement a few hours earlier." That is not true. Brockett contradicted Adam. The reporter called him on it, but Bland never would admit it. Bland went on to the reporter and accused Adam of wrongly naming Jackson because he was high on drugs and wounded. The patient in the next room disproves that.
Why Won’t They Investigate A Murder?
Det. Enriquez’ report lists several reasons why they felt Lyson was guilty. (1) Lyson changed his story. They all did. (2) Lyson kept adding a little more detail. They all did. (3) Lyson did not look remorseful. Enriquez said this about all three of them. (4) Lyson knew Adam was stabbed with a knife. They all did. Enriquez himself said they rehearsed their stories. (5) They all said Lyson did it. Excuse me, Detective. Adam said Jackson did it. Perhaps Stanford failed to mention that little fact to you. Brockett said her friend did it. Jackson and Fontenot were in a serious relationship. Lyson was new in town.
They have plenty of reasons to investigate Terrance Jackson as Adam’s killer. (1) Adam was fighting with Jackson. (2) Adam named Jackson as the killer. (3) Jackson was the only one with blood on his clothing. (4) Brockett told the hospital that a friend (Jackson) stabbed Adam. (5) Brockett told Adam’s uncle that Ice Cream stabbed Adam. (6) Brockett’s account to the ER conflicts with what she told Stanford, that Adam told her the white dude stabbed him. (7) Jackson got up and ran, and sped away from the scene of a murder. (8) Jackson was hiding under the covers when Midland PD arrived. (9) There was a black knife hidden in the door panel of the car where Jackson was sitting. (10) Jackson lied to police and told them he did not know Adam had been stabbed. (11) Jackson recanted his story, that he did not see blood, and later admitted he saw quite a bit of blood. (12) According to Det. Enriquez, they knew Jackson rehearsed his story. (13) Enriquez said that Jackson did not look remorseful. (14) The appearance that Jackson’s mother and brother attempted to hide him from police. (15) Jackson told the jury a completely different story from what he told police.
Yet they refuse to do so. Why?
All evidence in this case points to Terrance Jackson as the killer. It is unclear why the Odessa Police Department or the Ector County District Attorney has made no attempt to arrest, indict, try, or even investigate Terrance Jackson for murder. After our own independent investigation, it is our belief that Terrance Jackson is a criminal informant for the police. Could it be they would let a murderer walk free so their drug cases are not compromised?
One of the jurors commented on this website that she felt Christopher Lyson was guilty but there wasn't enough evidence to convict. She said that during trial testimony "everyone agrees that Jackson walked with Adam back to Adam's car." While this WAS the testimony of Jameyea Brockett, Terrance Jackson, and Sarah Fontenot at trial, it is the complete opposite of their original statements to police. Did prosecutors put these witnesses on the stand KNOWING they were going to lie? Most important though, why do they STILL believe them KNOWING they did lie? Why do they find these lying drug using witnesses who are worried about going to prison for murder more credible than the two unbiased nurses that testified Adam told them Terrance Jackson stabbed him? Why do they believe these lying witnesses over Adam's dying words?
The juror heard ONLY trial testimony. Read the link on the left called initial police interviews and you will see for yourself how their stories changed. Not a single one of the 3 eyewitnesses told the police that Jackson walked with Adam back to Adam's car, in fact, they said the opposite.
In the field witness statement in Jameyea's own handwriting she said "Adam ran up to the car run me to the hospital I'm stabbed." She wrote this while still at the hospital, no mention of Jackson walking back to Adam's car. This also proves she was inside the car, which is the story she told me.
In the initial police interview she told a different version. She said Lyson jabbed at Adam a few times then jumped up and ran to the Altima. She said Jackson got up and ran too and the Altima sped away. She then said SHE RAN OVER to Adam and helped him up, saw blood and that's when she realized he had been stabbed. Did Adam walk to the car or did she run over to him and help him up? Yet to OPD and Ector County DA she is more credible than the nurses and Adam's dying words.
Jackson's story to police was Lyson came up and said let's go. He and Adam shook hands then they walked to their vehicles and left in separate directions. Again, no mention of walking with Adam to his car, just the opposite.
Fontenot said Lyson went over to where Jackson and Moon were fighting, then Lyson and Jackson came back to the car and Moon got up and went to his car. Once more, the complete opposite of trial testimony.
There were SO MANY VERSIONS of what happened from these people. Who is more credible? The 2 respectable, unbiased nurses, and Adam's dying breath, or 3 crackheads worried about going to prison for murder?
While there has been animosity between my family and this juror, I felt it important to point out the inconsistencies since she heard only trial testimony. You can read her negative comments on the link on the left. This is the juror that posted on Odessa American with screen name mauimelonmint - who is DA Bland's friend - why was she on the jury anyway? Very strange.