Chester's attorney, prosecutor look back at his trial

Some say Elroy Chester's case goes down as the worst crime spree in Jefferson County's history.

District Attorney Tom Maness was the lead prosecutor during Chester's trial.  Chester's attorney was Doug Barlow. They both say Chester's trial was not a question of innocence or guilt; but, more of a question of life or death.

15 years after Elroy Chester committed five brutal murders, his day came Wednesday.

"It's time for him to be executed. It was some horrible crimes and these victims need closure," says Maness.

Maness recalls an angry killer who promised more victims.

"He indicated if whenever he got out, he'd kill the district attorneys and people of my staff and his homies would kill police officers,' says Maness.

Maness believes two investigators were Chester's next target.

"He took our investigators to the house where he hid the gun in the attic. Our investigators asked 'Where in the attic?' He crawled up in the chair to reach for the gun. Our investigator grabbed him and pulled him down," says Maness.

Chester took the stand in Judge Layne Walker's courtroom; bragging to jurors about his murders.

"He gave that jury all the ammunition they needed to assess that ultimate punishment and they did and they did it very quickly," says Maness.

"During the course of the trial he asked the jury to give him death," says Chester's attorney Doug Barlow.

Barlow still claims the murderer had mental issues.

"I think some of the evidence that we tried established his mental capacity, his conditions that we thought were important for the jury to consider," says Barlow.

Jury deliberations only lasted 12 minutes to decide Chester's fate. The state then foot the bill for 15 years until his dying day.

"It probably cost a million or two million dollars. That's what we spent on Elroy Chester in the State of Texas," says Maness.


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