AUSTIN – A seasoned prosecutor in Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s Office is defending the division’s record on crime.
“We look at the evidence, the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence. We look at the background of the defendant. We take into consideration the input from the victim or from the victim's family,” said Buddy Meyer, the Trial Bureau Director in the Travis County D.A.’s Office.
Earlier this week, members of the Dayspring Fellowship Church vocalized concerns about a hearing coming up Friday, involving Terri Elmore.
The 41-year-old Emergency Medical Technician was indicted on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. Police say she drove drunk and hit church Pastor Jackson Boyett, and his wife, head on in November of 2011. The Boyetts were both killed in the crash.
“We want to see that the justice system doesn't fail Travis County, or Ms. Elmore, or us, in giving the impression that what she did was a light think in taking those two lives," said Pastor Greg Van Court with Dayspring Fellowship.
Church members are afraid that in light of Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg’s own DWI conviction this April, that her office will go easier on defendants in DWI and intoxication manslaughter cases.
Meyer says nothing could be further from the truth.
“We're handling cases like this, intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assaults like we have for years. Nothing has changed since Rosemary's arrest and conviction,” added Meyer.
The Boyetts friends point to the case of 21-year-old David Wayne Sherrill as an example of their growing concern.
Sherrill recently got out of jail after serving six months for a fiery, fatal crash, police say he caused in April of 2012. He’s now on 10-years probation.
John Phillip Myers, 57, died in his truck after it caught on fire, following the crash, with him inside.
“The defendant wrote an apology letter to the family that we felt was very sincere. And as a result of all that, he had no criminal record. He's young and we felt like that was the appropriate punishment," added Meyer.