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Columns/LOtters to the Editor/Current Events Texas History, from page 4 Melvin Lane Powers. Over the next year, Candy developed a shockingly close and affectionate relationship with the 21 year old son of one of her sisters. By the summer of 1963, Jacques Mossier had figured out what was going on under his very roof. He kicked Mel Powers out of the house, fired him from a job with a Mossier finance company and left for Europe on a long vacation to think things over. During his extended absence, Candy and Mel were the hottest item in Houston. They no longer bothered to hide their scandalous affair, and the young nephew even went so far as to introduce his middle-aged aunt as his fiancee. When Mossier returned to the States, he rented an apartment in Key Biscayne, Florida instead of going home to Candy and the kids. Then in the early hours of Jun. 30, 1963, someone bashed in his skull and stabbed him 39 times. Jacques' mutilated body was discovered at 4:30 a.m. by his estranged wife and four of the children, who happened to be in town. Candy had taken the kids for a ride three hours earlier but was detoured by a migraine headache. At the emergency room where she was a regular customer, she refused a routine injection from a nurse and insist- ed on waiting for a doctor. Mel Powers, who was also in Key Biscayne that evening, did not have such an airtight alibi. He claimed to have been at the movies (in the middle of the night?) but could not recall what picture was showing. Mel was arrested four days later in Houston and charged with the brutal murder. Candy wanted the best defense attorney for her nephew that money could buy, so naturally she called Percy Foreman. The legendary lawyer accepted $50,000 in jewels as the down payment for his $200,000 fee. A Miami grand jury indicted Mel and Candy for first-degree murder in July 1965. The Dade County district attorney announced he would try the case himself and demand the death penalty, Since Foreman could not defend them both due to a possi- ble conflict of interest, Clyde Woody, a top-notch Houston attorney in his own right, came on-board as Candy's lead coun- sel. There was never any doubt, however, who was in charge. The R-rated trial began on Jan. 17, 1966 and held the whole country spellbound for the next seven weeks. No one under 21 was allowed in the courtroom, and a Miami news- paper printed extra editions on hot-pink paper. During a lunch break, a reporter asked Candy, "There have been some terrible charges against you here this morning. Do you have any comment?" She flashed her dazzling smile and said, "Well, sir. Nobody's perfect:' The prosecution pinned its hopes on the testimony of five witnesses, who swore under oath that either Mel or Candy had tried to hire them to kill Jacques Mossier. The problem was that three were career criminals were zero credibility, and Foreman and Woody made mincemeat of the entire quintet on cross-exam- ination. In his five-hour closing argu- ment, Percy Foreman compared the case against "that innocent boy" and "that sweet little woman" to "a wheelbarrow of manure dumped from the witness stand" "They want you to forget the evidence. Let's guess these people into the electric chair. That's what they want you to do, fellows. Bum 'em, fry 'em, help me kill 'em. The newspapers are waiting for a verdict" The all-male jury was out three days but on the seventh bal- lot voted to acquit. Mel muttered, "Beautiful" and Candy celebrat- ed by kissing every juror. Candy Mossier divorced her third husband, 18 years her junior and three years older than Mel Powers, in 1975 and the next year went back to Miami on business. She took a bedtime sedative, fell asleep face-down on a pillow and suffocated to death. Need a speaker? Contact Bartee Halle at or 1912 Meadow Creek Dr Pearland, TX 77581 Ben Ton or Bust, from page 1 the city's taxable property value. The tax base in Kyle grew 54.9 percent last year and has averaged 47.38 growth for the last four years. The schedule Mat(is pre- sented assumes average annual valuation increases of 4.29 per- cent from 2004 through 2024. Under that scenario, Mattis said, a $78,000 home would pay a $75.67 increase next year, when a $150,000 home would pay a $143.69 increase. Beginning in two years, though, the city's In~resL~,S~ ~IS~k)r~tate will decrease even with the new projects, due to smaller service due on existing debt. For most of that period, Mat(is is assuming annual growth of 2.5 percent. In each of those years, the tax bite on property owners would actually decrease. "The economy in the Austin area 'is flat" Mattis said. "But that's not the case in Kyle. I don't see a good economic argument for not doing these." Also on the capital improve- ment projects: Mattis said the city's swim- ming pool committee decided on a leisure pool, rather than a com- petition pool. Mat(is said he dis- cussed the matter with the Hays CISD, which might have been interested in a competition pool. However, the swimming pool committee decided the facility is for family use, much of the use would occur when school is out of session and the city can buy a larger leisure pool for the same amount of money. The city is likely to place the east side fire station on the southwest comer of Fuentes Elementary School. The site gives the station quick access to Goforth Road and IH-35. Mattis said no public hearing is sched- uled concerning the site because the design goals for a fire station emphasize service efficiency. Council still has to approve the site. Mattis ran through the city's water schedule, which shows that the city has pumped 184,256,411 sources. gallons from its various sources "As council is aware, we have throughout the fast haft of the different options available to the water year, about 10 million gal- city" Mattis said. lens more than budgeted. The The council also appointed a city has pumped 34 million gal- citizens water advisory board, lens from the Barton which will meet occassionally to Springs/Edwards Aquifer be a sounding board for the city Conservation Districtgovernment on water issues. The (BS/EACD), about 10 millioncommittee includes Council- gallons more than budgeted,members Lon Taylor, Debbie However, the city has Munoz, Becky Selbera and citi- pumped 28 million gallons less zens Paula Alvarez, Dan than budgeted so far from the Ekakiadis, Peter French, Kev'm ~San Marcos-Greater Blanco Foley, Mike Gonzalez, David River Authority line. So, Mattis Wilson and Paul Simpson, along said, enough water is left in that with possible representatives line that the city should be able to from the Hays CISD and the stay within its permitted 55 rail- Kyle Chamber of Commerce. lion gallons from the BS/EACD. Mattis said the restoration Despite growth to more than of the historic city hall will pre- 11,000 residents, the city has sent challenges. No one really increased its water use only knows what the building looks slightly from 180 million gallons like under the present walls, so at this time a year ago. However, the city may have to plan the Mattis said the city must contin- restoration as it makes discover- ue searching for additional water ies. Individual Investors Since 1871 Stocks Tax-free bonds Mutual funds CDs Bonds Money market funds Government securities IRAs and much more. Call or stop by today! Serving individual investors from more than 9,000 offices nationwide. Janet Ross Investment Representative 251 N. FM 1626 Buda, TX 78610 Bus: 512-312-2840 or Toll Free 888-312-2840 Member SIPC SACRED HEART MEN When: Every Friday film Lent Starting March 7-April 11 Time: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Santa Cruz Catholic Church (100 FM 2001 at !!!-35) Sponsored by Sacred Heart Men & Santa Cruz Women org. Kyle doesn't is it proper for Kyle P.D. to Lehman Scorpions - direct traffic at the comer of sounds mean, good for foot- need the Ben Center and Burleson Streets? ball Arthur Villereal Lehman Leopards - fits in Ton property Kyl with Bobcats, Panthers etc. Lehman Lightning or To the Editor: Lose the,izards The city of Kyle does not Lehman Llamas or need the Ben Ton property. Huskies' collar Lemmings or Lawyers Oust There are better locations for a kidding here) And we must stay away new city hall, assuming one is To the Editor: from Hays Rebels and needed. I appreciate the enthusiasm Now would be an oppor- of the future Lehman High Lehman Yankees -- the trou- ble that would stir up is too tune time, with Ben Ton gone, students picking colors and a terrible to consider. to address parking that has mascot. Hays blue and silver So students take .another caused congestion for years at will look great on any uniform this location. I suggest that (it works for the Cowboys). shot at picking a mascot and be sure you don't lament parking on the north side of But the idea of a very large electing a lapdog on a lark, Center Street, at this location and hairy sled dog as a mas- and become the laughingstock be eliminated, since there is cot, in south Texas, is just of the league. ample parking area on the side wrong. Loyally, streets. 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