Church members seek justice in pastor and wife's deaths


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 7:26 AM

AUSTIN --- Members of a Central Austin church want to bring public awareness to a case which has haunted their congregation for almost two years.

Pastor Jackson Boyett and his wife Barbara, founders of the Dayspring Fellowship Church in Hyde Park, were killed in a head on collision on Highway 290 West in November 2011.

An emergency medical technician by the name of Terri Elmore tested positive with a 0.18 blood alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit, after the crash.

A Travis County Grand Jury later indicted Elmore on two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Elmore is facing up to 20 years for each count. However Dayspring Fellowship Church members told KVUE they are concerned that the EMT may just get a slap on the wrist. This is partially because she was offered a plea deal last month which she reportedly turned down.

“We had confidence in the District Attorney's Office in the beginning to prosecute this case. I think that's been somewhat shaken just in this last year because of the District Attorney's drunk driving,” said current Dayspring Fellowship Pastor Greg Van Court.

“There are a lot of us who fear that there will be a deal struck and just a slap on the wrist rather than pursuing actual justice,” said Robert O’Neill, a Dayspring Fellowship Church member.

Parishioners are encouraging the public to attend yet another pre-trial hearing this coming Friday, Sept. 6 for Terri Elmore.

The hearing takes place at 9 a.m. in Judge Jim Coronado’s court, the 427th District Court, on the 3rd floor.