|Brownsville Attorney Ernesto Gamez (on the right)|
|Judge René De Coss|
|Marisa Govea Hernandez|
Next up, at the last hearing, was Gamez claim that the Brownsville Police Department's amateurish mishandling of a security camera tape, showing the entire 2/28/2015 accident, inexplicably reducing the original tape from 3 days to 30 seconds(way to go, BPD!) prevented Gamez from "confronting" BPD Detective Thomas Clipper about contradictory statements made concerning the case.
|BPD Detective Thomas Clipper|
Attorney Gamez took another tact in today's hearing, but was no more successful. He tried to argue that a proposed $10.3 million dollars in approved funding by the Texas Department of Transportation for upgrades to FM 803, the road on which Mary Tipton was struck, proved the road to be "unsafe" and that there had been "multiple fatalities" on the road. When Judge René De Coss
asked Gamez if the court had that evidence, he turned to lead prosecutor Oscar Guzman, saying: "he knows about it." De Coss was not buying.
Something I missed: Attorney Gamez mumbled something I simply could not hear. After the hearing, I was informed that he had implied that the husband, Ralph Tipton, could very well have been the one to have tossed his wife's body into the ditch along FM 803. Judge De Coss was having not entertaining that. By several accounts, Tipton was in Houston when his wife was murdered.
Meanwhile, my Facebook account received a message from a "Norma Guevarra," with a front and back copy of a protective order filed by Mary Tipton against her husband, Ralph Tipton, in 2013. The complaint, filed by Mary Tipton, in her handwriting, claims "15 years" of physical abuse, causing bodily injury by Ralph Tipton, death threats and verbal abuse.
The communication from "Norma," began with:
"I dont want to take much of your time nor do i need or want you to post this but this is for you to read so you know the type of person you are supporting!"
But, a few minutes later, when "Norma" noticed I'd not posted the protective order on my blog, she took a different tone:
"Why do you only share his side with no evidence? Yet i provide you with all the evidence and facts and you dont post them?"
The obvious point is: Ralph Tipton may have been an abusive husband, but that's irrelevant to the case. His wife was struck by a driver, who, allegedly, did not stop and render aid. Her body was found in a ditch three days later. Whether or not Ralph Tipton was an abusive husband has nothing to do with that.
This case has not been one of the district attorney's office's finest. Most of their evidence against Marisa Govea Hernandez, has been furnished in depositions by the husband of the victim, Ralph Tipton. Those depositions, called "third party," by Judge De Coss, may subsequently be thrown out.
Luis V. Saenz' office seems to have not done an investigation of their own. Rumors that the office has stumbled onto evidence of something in Marisa Govea Hernandez' background that gives her greater "capacity to engage in further criminal conduct" are unconfirmed.