His accomplice got life in prison without parole on a capital murder rap, but the man who actually pulled the trigger was found guilty of a lesser charge of murder, and sentenced to 75 years.
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
Monday, a Denton County jury sentenced Demico Stanley, 23, to 75 years in prison, after finding him guilty of murdering Richard Myles last year in Lewisville.
In November, Stanley’s accomplice Adrian Quigley, 23 of The Colony, was found guilty of capital murder in the same crime, receiving an automatic life sentence.
Both men had been charged with capital murder.
Denton County Assistant District Attorney Michael Graves told The Lewisville Texan Journal that the capital murder charge was due to the murder being combined with a robbery.
“We had additional witnesses on Quigley that were able to better prove the robbery part,” said Graves. “The murder part was never in question.”
“In Adrian Quigley’s trial, we had a person he had called the day before, and he was asking that person to go rob Richard [Myles], but that person said ‘no,’ and so that lent a lot more credence that this was a plan all along to rob [Myles].”
“Demico [Stanley] was just kind of along for the ride, and he was the gunman,” Graves explained. “We thought all along that it was just a robbery gone bad.”
Graves said that they were just unable to prove to this jury that there was a robbery as well.
“We respect the jury’s verdict. We realized we had an uphill battle with his case on the additional burden of proving robbery. We’re very glad they gave him 75 years; he’s a very violent man.”
Stanley did not testify in his own defense. He had given a statement to Lewisville Police that he had shot Myles in self-defense, but the jury didn’t buy that.
You rarely hear anyone exclaim their love for construction projects. Especially highway projects. Especially in their community. We tend to focus on the negative symptoms: increases in travel time, familiar commuter routes in constant flux, and heightened stress of those already short on time. Some remain selfish in their view of community improvement and expansion.
While many construction projects run far past proposed deadlines, and it seems the benefits will never come, it is not completely impossible to see through the present mess. That is the task of those with vision, challenged with allocating funds for expansion and beautification.
Lithograph by Melody Vaughan
The collaborative action of planning, debating, changing, and approving ideas and plans requires a spectrum of input, a wide swath of opinion and expertise. The public is left to judge the manifestation of citywide projects with cultural concerns, personal squabble, neighborhood image, and a laundry list of filters by which to judge success.
Artists, on the other hand, as both a varied and specific demographic of the population, see the process differently. Not to say they don’t also share similar concerns, but with an added sensitivity for aesthetic context.
This is the case with Melody Vaughan, artist and printmaker from Nashville, TN. Melody is currently a Teaching Fellow and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at The University of North Texas in Denton. Her MFA exhibit, “Just Bury It,” is currently on display at the MCL Grand Theater Art Gallery through April 30.
As reported in The Lewisville Texan Journal last week, Lewisville ISD's board of trustees recently approved an expense of up to $48,250 to re-score STAAR exam short-answers. The district had discovered a disproportionate number of student STAAR EOC results came back with zero scores even though the same students had scored well on other written portions of the test.
When the district sent a sample of 162 student exams back for rescoring, 13 percent of them came back with improved scores.
Lewisville ISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers sent a strongly-worded letter to the Texas Education Agency requesting that TEA allow districts to view student answers and the questions they were given. The district also requested that TEA pay for the rescoring.
Late Friday afternoon, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath responded to Lewisville ISD and other concerned districts with the following letter, which does not address TEA paying for any rescoring, and denies the district's request to be provided with the student answers and questions:
SUBJECT: Response to District Inquiries Regarding the 2015 STAAR EOC English I and English II Tests
The purpose of this email is to provide districts with a response to inquiries regarding the scoring of students’ short-answer written responses on the December 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) English I and English II tests.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will not be able to provide districts with electronic images of students’ short-answer written responses. A contractual agreement with an author for one of the passages and plans to reuse at least one of the passages on a future test form will not permit a statewide release. However, TEA is providing an opportunity for the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee(s) to view students’ English I and/or English II short-answer written responses. Images of students’ short-answer responses, associated scoring guides, and rubrics, along with copies of the passages used by students when completing the test(s), will be made available for viewing, per the procedures below.
District personnel who wish to view students’ responses should call TEA’s Student Assessment Division to schedule an appointment in Austin. Appointments may be scheduled between Monday, May 2, 2016, and Thursday, May 26, 2016. For information about appointments, as well as security protocols, contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.
Rescore requests that are received by May 10, 2016, for students who are planning to graduate in spring 2016, and who did not pass the December 2015 English I or English II assessments, will be prioritized. ETS will report the results of December 2015 rescore requests for these students by May 20, 2016. All other rescore requests will be reported in July.
For questions concerning information in this email, please contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Morath Commissioner of Education
The letter does give LISD and other districts some small hope, in that they can send a person to Austin to view student answers and the reading passage in question, which could allow some reduction in expense by helping the district more accurately choose which students' answers to rescore.
We have reached out to Lewisville ISD for comment, but were unable to reach them prior to press time.
We will update this post as we learn more about what this response means for the district.
For Texas students, standardized testing is nothing new. Educational Testing Systems (ETS) took over from Pearson this year as the new vendor for the state tests. Pearson had held the contract since the inception of state testing in the 1980s.
One often expects hiccups during transition between old and new, i.e. Verizon to Frontier. There have been a wide variety of new issues with the testing this year. Hopefully some are due to the change in vendor and will be easily resolved. However, some indicate a potential problem with the very fabric of the scoring rubric causing some to once again, question the validity of the tests and the accuracy of the results.
The problems that have emerged all around the state this year are: missing shipments, late shipments, incorrect shipments, incorrect student information precoded on answer documents, missing student data scores, data scores from students in other districts, 14,000 students unable to complete online testing. Also problematic was inaccurate scoring of the short answer questions on English I and II.
These issues have caused districts across the state to expend additional staff time and resources to wade through the problems and take the proper corrective action. A primary concern of the data file and scoring issues is how student and district accountability will be affected.
Rose-Mary Rumbley, noted Dallas speaker, historian and humorist, provides a crowd of more than 100 senior citizens with laughter and lessons on the history of food in Texas at the close of the Senior Health Fair Friday.(Photo by Dan Eakin)
By Dan Eakin
The annual Senior Health Fair, held Friday at the Lewisville Senior Activity Center and the Memorial Park Recreation Center, was a fun-filled success.
The event began with a Fun Walk around the park, and ended at noon with more than 100 senior citizens packing into the senior center cafeteria to hear Rose-Mary Rumbley, a well-known public speaker, historian and humorist.
Bob Monaghan, Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services director, introduced Rumbley. He said lake levels are continuing to stay above normal, and that Lake Park has been closed since June because of flooding and high lake levels.
“The lakes are continuing to do what they are supposed to do, preventing downstream flooding,” he said.
Rumbley, a lifelong Dallas resident who attended what is now The University of North Texas said she could remember when Lake Dallas, which is what Lewisville Lake was originally named, dried up in the 1940s and 1950s.
Rumbley then turned her as-always humorous speech into a discussion about the history of foods in Texas, and about the numerous food festivals that are held in cities and counties all over the state.