Capital murder trial begins for EMC woman

CONROE- On Monday in the 410th District Court the trial began for a Splendora woman charged with capital murder, in the 2007 shooting death of a Magnolia man whose body was found burned in northeast Harris County.

Kasey Erin “Pebbles” Kantak, 27, has been in the Montgomery County Jail since October 9, 2007, as investigators and prosecutors sorted out the bizarre circumstances surrounding the Sept. 28, 2007 death of 52-year-old Gregory Willkomm.

Kantak was one of eight people arrested in connection with Willkomm’s death. However, she and four others were initially charged in connection with the “use or attempted use of Willkomm’s identifying information,” according to an Oct. 10, 2007 MCSO press release. The other suspects were listed as Tammy Mozingo, 42, of Spring; Johnny W. Mozingo, 46, of Houston; Robert Joseph Fath Jr., 30, of New Caney; and Rachel Lynn Trussell, 27, of Cypress.

At the same time, three additional suspects were charged with murder. They were James Carl Stallings, 32, of Magnolia; Joshua Blake Berryhill, 23 of Frankston; and Joshua David Tarrant, 25, of Frankston.

Willkomm was originally listed as a missing person, and because of health concerns including high blood pressure and a recent surgery, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office issued a plea to the public for assistance in finding him. The Sheriff’s Office reported Willkomm was last seen cutting grass at his home on Sept. 27, 2007. A day later, he was reported missing.

On Sept. 29, Willkomm’s charred remains were found a short distance from the Harris and Montgomery County line, on the Harris County side, near the San Jacinto River. The body was so badly burned that it was Oct. 10 before the MCSO received notification that Willkomm was positively identified by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. More time elapsed before it was determined Willkomm died from a gunshot wound before he was burned.

Shortly after his disappearance, investigators learned Willkomm’s credit card and identifying information were used at multiple locations in North Harris County and East Montgomery County. They announced on Oct. 10, 2007 they had traced the evidence back to Tammy and Johnny Mozingo, Fath, Kantak, Berryhill, and Trussell. They further stated that Stallings, Berryhill and Tarrant were identified as being directly involved in Willkomm’s disappearance and some were believed to be members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

Ultimately, Kantak was indicted for capital murder, along with Stallings, Berryhill, Tarrant and Johnny Mozingo.

Like Kantak, Stallings fought the charge at his April trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Johnny Mozingo reached a plea agreement in May and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the lesser charge of robbery. Tarrant and Berryhill are still awaiting trial.

Fath was indicted for credit/debit card abuse in connection with the case and on Sept. 12, 2008, he was sentenced to one year in TDCJ.

Tammy Mozingo and Trussell were no billed.

Public Data shows Kantak’s priors include forgery of a financial instrument, posession of marijuana and theft.

Her capital murder trial continues today.

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