The Robert Trevino Case Part 2
By 04/30/2008 19:29:00
Because the primary witnesses in the trial are now adults, The Ellis County Press editorial team decided to provide the names of the witnesses along with their current criminal/civil court records.
Excerpts from Ellis County Press' Fred Shannon in Part II, dated in Dec. 2003:
There were five "children" involved in testimony for the prosecution:
Stacy Harris, a 13-year-old girl at the time of trial. In the summer of 1994 she was the 12-year-old girl friend of 17-year-old Patrick Lankford, and readily admits having sexual intercourse with Patrick in Robert Trevino's house while Robert was in the house, but not in the bedroom.
Page 39 Court Tran scri pt, dated Aug. 22, 1995.
She later claimed Robert Trevino mixed her a drink and she became ill and threw up in the bathroom. She then claims she had laid on Trevino's bed and he fondled her, while at the same time she was ill and still throwing up.
Her entire testimony is fraught with lies. These lies are apparent in the Court Transcrip and will be discussed later.
Shawn Lankford-A 16-year-old boy at the time of the trial. He is a younger brother to the same Patrick Lankford who had sex with Stacy Harris when she was 12 years old. His claims that Robert
Trevino had sex with him several times and that it was painful each time, but he also admits he returned to the Trevino house, his answer was words to the effect, "I just didn't have any other place to go." Yeh right.
Patrick Lankford-An 18-year-old man at the time of the trial and the "ringleader" of this gang.
He claims to have had multiple contacts, sexually, with Robert Trevino, In the next breath he also claims pain, but he too also remained in contact with Trevino. He also readily admits having sex with Stacy Harris when she was 12-years-old and he was 17. He also, under oath, admits he and his parents couldn't get along and his mother, Mrs. Harris, obtained a court order for Robert Trevino to take him to school and pick him up daily. This in order to keep him from going to Juvenile Detention. His testimony, relative to the date he was molested, would be absolutely hilarious if the results of that testimony weren't so tragic.
That is, if Judge Knize would have exercised his judicial responsibility and thrown the entire case out of court af ter this man's claims became so bizarre it was unbelievable. I will wager you will be screaming for blood when I finish this man's testimonial analysis.
Shannon (Shane) Russell - A 15-year-old boy at the time of the trial. This kid had to be brought to the trial site from Stephenville, Texas, where he admittedly was in a drug and alcohol treatment center and had been there since August 27, 1994. That in accordance with the court document. Remember we're in trial on August 22, 1995. He, too, claims Trevino had sex with him many times, but like the others he continued to go to Trevino's house and farm. He also admits he told no one about his alleged relationship with Trevino until detective Billie Wiggins of the Waxahachie Police Department came to his house to hear what happened to him. Did he complain to anyone before that time? No. Did he file any charges against Trevino before that time? No. Then how in the good name of anyone did Billie Wiggins find out about the alleged attack on this boy. Well, pour Patrick Lankford, Shawn Lankford, Stacy Harris and a couple of more members of the gang into the mix and you see a conspiracy starting to unfold.
Christopher Williams-A 16-year-old boy at the time of the trial. Introduced to Trevino by Patrick Lankford. Yep, Williams was another member of the Patrick Lankford fraternity.
He, like the others, alleges Trevino had sex with him many times and it was painful, but he also kept coming back to the Trevino house farm. He also claims Trevino held a gun on him to have sex.
He admits under oath Patrick Lankford burglarized his home and they, at trial date, are no longer friends. When we take this testimony apart you'll see the beginning of the end for Trevino's chances at a fair trial. Not in Ellis County.
There you have a little background on the five principle witnesses who filed charges against Trevino. The coincidence of the charge filing dates will be discussed at length, along with the actions and inactions of the Police Detective assigned the case. Billie Wiggins at the time of the trial. Ms. Wiggins has married and is the same Lieutenant Billie Wiggins Pendleton still assigned to the Waxahachie Police Department. Much more on her later.