To our Texas State Representatives:
I am writing this letter to bring awareness of the traumatic and emotional devastation to the loved ones of murder victims by allowing confessed murderers the right to bond out awaiting trial. My daughter, Stormie Callison, 21, was brutally murdered without cause in Bartlett, Tx on February 1, 2019. Upon the perpetrators arrest, he admitted and signed an affidavit, saying that he murdered her.
The bond was set at 500,000.00. He has been granted a hearing on May 16, 2019 to reduce his bond, so that he may remain free until trial. Our family is in shock and outraged that the perpetrator has this option.
Not only have we lost a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and aunt, we are now dealt another blow, her confessed murderer may be able to live a free life awaiting trial. My daughter was not given that option. Her life was taken by this man with no justification.
The emotional toil on the victims loved ones is brutal. Since the confessed murderer has the option of living free until trial, by posting bail, we now will have to look over our shoulders, not only worrying about our safety, but the safety of other innocent lives. Words cannot begin to express what this senseless act has done to Stormie’s loved ones.
I am writing to you, on behalf of all confessed murderers victims, their families and citizens of the state of Texas, to get a bill passed, abolishing the right to bond out for confessed murderers. We believe this is fair and just. We believe a confessed murderer should lose their right to walk free until trial. We believe that we have a right as citizens to breathe a little easier at night, during this horrific time, knowing the perpetrator is still locked up.
We want change now! The victims should not be put through anymore emotional trauma. We ask, we beg, of you to pass Stormie’s law, abolish the right of a confessed murderer to walk free until trial. The citizens of this great state of Texas deserve this peace of mind.