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Justice In California, Missouri
The last few days have been quite emotional for many people here in Lebanon, Missouri. Let me get you up-to-date on the news story I am speaking of.
On June 10th, 2007 we had a very terrible happen here. Three teenage boy's were at one of the boy's houses. It was early evening and they were having fun. They were texting girls and just having a fun night. I will give you the names of two of those boys; Zach Jones and Matthew Bankston. These three boys had no idea they were going to have a most terrifying night. You see, they made a wrong number text. Next thing they know they are challenged to a fight. Fight is to take place at Atchley park here in Lebanon. crime
I am not going into deep details of this fight, but I will say that a group of adults and children showed up to fight with these three teens. They didn't come with the intent of a fist fight though. They came with baseball bats and pry bars and such.
At the end of this fight Zach Jones laid in a pool of blood; Matthew Bankston lay in a pool of blood, and the other boy ran in time to call for help. When police arrived the group was gone. Only two boys in the park; one died the next morning in St. Johns Hospital. Yes, Zach "Kickin' Wings" Jones was now in heaven. Matthew Bankston had been beaten to a point where he needed to re-learn to walk and talk.
Lebanon, Missouri was up in arms. Who could do such a thing?
Especially to two fun-loving teens?
It wasn't long before it all came out who did this horrific crime. A whole family was involved. The main culprits in that family are pictured at the right.
All had multiple charges, including 1st degree murder. Here is what happened to the two men:
Terry Dunkin(husband of Kim) hung himself in county jail. He took the easy way out.
Jerry Broyles received 2 life sentences.
And lastly I spent the last two days at the full court hearing for Kim Dunkin. It was moved to Moniteau County in a change of venue. California, Missouri is the county seat.
In the aftermath of this crime and three weeks later my grandson being murdered I have got to know many people. Two of these wonderful people are Leslie, mother of the boy who ran and Tina Jones, Zach Jones' mom. Through both of these nightmares, we have held on to each other.
Tina and Leslie both invited me to go to this court with them and I now feel I was meant to be there.
After the jury had heard all the case and the prosecution could not put a weapon in Kim's hands, the jury was hard to read. Before the trial, the prosecutor made an offer to Kim for 23 years. She turned it down. With the jury in a wishy-washy way the defense attorney through out an offer of 5 years. The decision was Tina's and Matthew's. Tina was over-whelmed. She wanted our opinion's. I really didn't want to give one, but I did. I told Tina if it was me, I wouldn't want to wonder what the jury would have done. I told her if it was me, I would let the jury rule. Tina agreed and now I felt right in the midst. What if they let Kim go? Did I just offer bad advice? I value these two friendships very much and would I still have them after the ruling? It was a very sleepless night for me, full of prayer. When I jumped in that vehicle with Tina I asked how she felt. She said good and that she slept good. She felt she made the right decision.
The morning started with closing arguments. Both sides did their jobs quite well. I was worried.
I prayed and prayed. Tina prayed and prayed. Leslie prayed and prayed. Many others prayed.
The jury went to their private room to decide.
I will give the results but first watch this video on the whole story:
The jury came in. They were all straight-faced. I could not read them at all. "Foreman of the jury, do you have a unanimous decision",the judge asked. "We do your honor."
There were four charges. 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree armed criminal action and 1st degree assault.
YES!! Justice finally!!!
The jury declared their sentence yesterday too. Murder-Life 1st degree assault-life armed criminal action 50 years each.
I must say that Kim Dunkin never showed remorse. She is evil and deserves all she is getting.
I saw a relief in Tina's eyes yesterday. My heart was warmed and I have gained some faith in the "system"
I must say that God was at work yesterday.
The good people of California, Missouri saw the truth and and they made it right.May God put a special blessing on the wonderful community of California, Missouri!
I really hope that some people will take a lesson from this. Think before you act!
Keep Kickin Wings Zach--We all love you!!
© G.L. Boudonck
- FOXNews.com - 3 Adults Charged in Baseball-Bat Beating Death of Missouri Teen - Local News | News Ar
3 Adults Charged in Baseball-Bat Beating Death of Missouri Teen, Missouri prosecutors charged three people with murder Tuesday after a wild brawl sparked by text messages left a teen brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat and another critically
- The Crime Scene: Kimberly Dunkin Found Guilty In Zach Jones\' Murder:
- The Crime Scene: Jerry Broyles Pleads Guilty To Beating Zach Jones To Death
© 2009 Greg Boudonck