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BAUKUS HITTING TAXPAYERS UP FOR APPEAL

072913 TRIAL FOR WRONG WAY DRIVER FIRST DAY.Still002Nicole Baukus will be bench warranted back to a Montgomery County Courtroom Friday from the Marlin Transfer Facility of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice when she has started he lengthy sentence.

Baukus was convicted in August to 38 years behind bars after she killed Nicole Adams and Travis Saunders and injured David Porras by driving the wrong way on the freeway after she consumed over twenty drinks on June 29, 2012.

With Michael McDougal representing her in trial she changed her plea to guilty in the final stages. The jury sentenced her and that sentence was stacked by the judge.

A month after the conviction Baukus petitioned for a new trial claiming ineffective representation by Michael McDougal. That request was denied by Judge Michael Seiler.

The Baukus family then retained former Walker County District Attorney Frank Blazek and William F. Carter of Bryan for an undisclosed sum.

On October 31, 2013, Baukus filed a motion requesting a transcript of her trial. For this she is claiming indigent and cannot afford the close to $15,000 in documents. If the Judge grants this move that will be an additional $15,000 burden on the taxpayers  and the Indigent Defense Fund which is funded through court fees and fines of offenders.to fund the transcript in addition to the almost $18,000 already paid out for her defense attorney Michael McDougal.

The families who have now been trying to heal after losing loved ones and enduring testimony and photos of the crash are now back with the open wound and the threat it could start all over again.

They issued a letter to Baukus:

“The threat of your impending appeal reverses all of this. The appeals process will last another year and throughout that entire time we will have to deal with the threat of an additional trial,” the letter stated. “If you truly feel remorse for what you have done you will abandon your appeal and begin to make amends and take responsibility for your actions.”

 

 

 

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