A new development in the Sulphur Springs stabbing. The man who admitted stabbing another man to death -- will not face trial on murder charges.
Justin Pawlik was killed on December 6th. Now 4 months later, the man who police say confessed to stabbing him more than 20 times was not indicted by a Hopkins county grand jury. Pawlik's mother, Julie, now knows her son's killer will not pay for the crime.
"Five of the 23 wounds were to Justin's back. He was obviously trying to get away," says Julie Bailey.
Last week, a grand jury did not indict Clint Wilson for the death. "I felt like Justin had been killed again," Julie says recalling when she heard the news about Wilson not being indicted for murder.
According to the Hopkins county D.A. it's because of Texas' self defense law passed in 2007. It protects any one who kills another if they claim they feel threatened. "Claimed that they thought that a person was entering or attempting to enters their home their place of employment or their car then we as prosecutors would have to disprove that beyond a reasonable doubt. Disprove that they thought that. How can you do that? How can you disprove somebody's thought," asks Martin Braddy.
In this case, a taped conversation reveals Justin had called Clint Wilson, who was dating Justin's ex-girlfriend and threatened him. Wilson recorded the conversation.
"Any way you shape it, my son should never have driven there. But I don't believe he had any idea he was going to be met with 23 stab wounds," says Julie.
The district attorney believes the grand jury obeyed the law but the law he says is what needs to be changed. "Any legislature that goes down there and fights against any change to that should have to look at Mrs. Pawlik and say we don't care that your son was murdered," says Braddy.
Clint Wilson was indicted last week on the charge of tampering with evidence for failing to tell investigators that he had thrown the handle of a knife away from the scene. That knife was one of three found at the murder scene. The blade was found lodged inside Pawlik's body.
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