|Mary Elizabeth Tipton|
To this point, Marisa Govea Hernandez, has suffered no legal penalty, not for her hit-and-run accident causing death, not for leaving the scene, not for failing to render aid. She was released on $500 bond over a year ago, followed by a number of peculiar, shadowy actions by the Cameron County District Attorney's office. We will detail those incidents in future stories.
Ralph Tipton, was still living at the family's residence in Port Arthur, Texas, while his wife Mary visited relatives in Brownsville in February 2015. While in Brownsville, Mary stayed at the Deluxe 6 Motel, on frontage road at I-69 and FM 511. Saturday night, February 28, 2015 she evidently walked around the block containing Deluxe 6. Couch Road runs along the north side of the motel, connecting the frontage road with FM 803. Three or four warehouses are clustered together along that first block of FM 803 just past FM 511.
|Deluxe 6 Motel on I-69 Frontage Road|
His mother, the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle, was not interviewed by BPD Detective Clipper, only opening the front door a crack to hand out her ID. Her son, the deputy sheriff, did all the talking for her with Detective Clipper.
Multiple pictures of the mother's white Volkswagen showed a smashed windshield and damage much larger than a skunk could cause.
Three days later, a construction worker, walking down FM 803, discovered the body of Mary Tipton, face down in a ditch, close enough to the seen from the Hernandez home. She was directly under a street lamp. The autopsy did not indicate whether Mrs. Tipton died immediately from impact or during her three days in the ditch along FM 803.
Ralph and Mary Tipton had been together nineteen years, raising together Ralph's twenty year old son. The plan was to move back to Brownsville with Ralph working for his brother, Francisco Tipton, an attorney specializing in immigration law. Mary, who'd been active for several years in advocating for battered women, hoped to start her own non-profit after settling in Brownsville.
Today's phone conversation with Ralph was primarily to learn more about Mary. Her husband explained that Mary loved to write poetry and sent us a sample:
if existing means loving with conditions?
LIVE, don't just simply exist
and be universally satisfied......
We will also detail how Rachel Kram, Court Reporter, responded to Mr. Tipton's legal request for a transcript of the plea hearing.