HOUSTON -- Local 2 investigates is looking into big questions surrounding a small town murder investigation.The family of a Pasadena man beaten to death is making serious allegations of a courthouse cover-up that may be helping a killer walk free. It's all happening in Hearne, Robertson County, near College Station, a few hours northwest of Houston.
But it's the investigation of a killing that has the small town of less than 5,000 people in a crossroads of controversy. (NOW 6 MURDERS SINCE HANK)
"It smells rotten," said Sandi Johnson, a mother from Pasadena. "That's what it smells. Smells like something is happening."
In July 2008, her son, Hank Johnson, was severely beaten and robbed inside a room at the Executive Inn in Hearne. Hank Johnson also lived in Pasadena, but the young father was staying at the motel during a long work project.
After the beating, Hank Johnson spent 11 days in a hospital ICU, but the damage to his brain was too severe.
"Hank was loved,"said Sandi