The Trial of My Son

Two years ago my son who was 18 and still in high school at the time was assaulted at a stop light by a 50 year old man who had road rage.  (We will call him Mr. Road Rage) How this all came about was like this….

My son and his friend where coming from the lake and heading to our house. They where driving side by side and doing the speed limit. They drive the exact same kind of car, Lexus IS250 but my sons car was newer then his friends and the color is a bit different. The road is only 2 lanes on each side. Apparently Mr. Road Rage was having a bad day and tried to act like he was going to ram their vehicles. He was mad because these 2 young men were not going fast enough for him. My sons friend decided to move over and let the guy past and so there they are my son and Mr Road Rage coming up to a stop light.

My son has his window down because he loves driving with his window down instead of the air on. They stop at the light and Mr Road Rage finds it ok to get out of his car and walk around to my sons car, grab him by the shirt and beat his face until he was knocked unconscious. Another person that is waiting at the light pulls Mr Road Rage off my son. When my son came too he was able to  get out of the car and takes a picture of Mr Road Rage’s license plate and hops back in his car and drives to safety.

While driving, my son is calling 911 and so is his friend from his car.   The calls came in to the 911 operators 25 seconds apart and both boys in different cars described the situation and the facts leading up to it exactly the same. His friend also caught a picture of Mr Road Rage bending over into my sons car about to punch him.

The police and ambulance meet my son at a racetrack gas station and they call me to come right away. He was is bad shape. Blood all over his face and hands. He is in tremendous pain. We end up going to the police dept to report Mr Road Rage and give all the pictures we have and all the info we have. My son was upfront and honest from the get go. Then we head to the hospital because Mateo can not handle the pain any longer. So we think something is seriously wrong. We are starting to see his head starting to cave in.

We get to the hospital and they are running a CT scan and they come back and said he has a large hole in his head.  He had a hole the size of a quarter punched through his skull. He needs to have surgery immediately. WE ARE IN UTTER SHOCK! So the hospital recommended us to see a plastic surgeon right away and that’s what we did. Mateo ended up having his head cut open from ear to ear over the top of his head. Then they pulled his forehead and face forward and worked on the hole on his forehead. He has straps and screws covering up the hole. Mateo has lots of sinus issues now. They do not drain properly, and will need many surgeries to get relief.

So my son missed the most important time of his senior year. Prom, senior end of year activities, and almost missed Graduation. He made it the last 4 days of school. These are suppose to be the best times of your life and he missed it!

So going forward, the police are looking for Mr Road Rage and he has fled. Can’t find him anywhere. Even though they have his address he is not there. My husband has busted his butt doing all the research on Mr Road Rage and finds out all sorts of stuff about him and hands it over to the police dept.

We have a private investigator friend and can find out just about anything. Nice I Know!!!! Finally after several weeks they walked into his work and caught him in front of his coworkers and arrested him. He spent a month in jail until he posted bail.

Almost 2 years have gone by and that brought us to this past week. We finally got our week in court. We thought we had no problems, that everyone would see it the way we see it. The only problem was we did not expect the other side to lie so much.  They allowed the defendant to hear everyone else’s testimony before having to testify himself.   He then admitted while on the stand that he changed his testimony after hearing the two boys testimonies.

This is how this justice system works for the victim….?

My son had to be on the stand with no support in the court room. I could not be sitting there, my husband could not be there. No one! He had to be there all by himself staring at Mr Road Rage and all of his family members in the court looking at him while he testified to what his family member did to my son.

Then, Mr Road Rage was able to see all the pictures we submitted first and then tailored his story to my pictures. Changed his story 2-3 times.  He also admitted on the stand that he changed his story multiple times.

We were informed that Mr Road Rage was able to pick who was going to hand down his punishment, either the jury or the judge. So he picked the judge….why? Funny you should ask….Mr Road Rage was informed ahead of time that this judge likes to give probation instead of jail time! Hhhhhmmmm

The entire time of testimony of all the witnesses of the doctors, the police officers, paramedics, the investigators of my sons, the family of Mr Road Rage and Mr Road Rage himself was able to sit there and watch all of it. Where were Mateo and his Family? We were put in a small interview room for many hours waiting to here what to do next. We could not hear any of what these witnesses where saying, Mateo was not even allowed to hear any of it. But Mr Road Rage and his Family were able too. But these were all people defending my son and he couldn’t be there.

My husband and I weren’t even testifying and we couldn’t be in the courtroom to support our son. The other side had complete control over what we were doing. They objected to us being in the court. We got to be there during closing arguments.

This is what we heard that came out of the other sides mouth that was complete lies….

He said that my son and his friend ran him off the road on to the curb 2 times. He said that my son’s car hit his car but my son’s car did not have any scratches on it but his did and he did not claim it. But a long time after it received hail damage and was a total loss so no one ever saw this little scratch. Go figure!! He also said that after he saw my sons pictures of him bending down in my sons car window about to pop him in the face he was actually telling him to pull over he wants his insurance information. Yeah right? In what universe pal?? But not once did he call the police after these 2 boys ran him off the road twice or hit his car. Wouldn’t you of called the police if this happen to you???During all this closing Mumbo jumbo garbage he was feeding the jury he was trying to paint that this guy was a war vet that had 3 children. Sure, he served in the military but he never fought any war. His ship was stationed in the Caribbean throughout his time in the Navy and records show his ship never saw any war time.  Yes he has kids, they are all grown up and moved out. One of them is also in the military. So to paint it as they are small kids was ridiculous. He tried to say my son lied by saying that Mr Road Rage only hit him once, then twice, then three times and kept wavering about how many times he hit him and that never was the fact. My son always said it was THREE TIMES AND THEN HE WAS KNOCKED OUT! It could have been more but after three that’s all he remembers. The other side tried grasping at strays as much as they could to paint my son as the bad person. When Mr Road Rage is by far the felon. He has 2 prior convictions for assault but that could not be brought up. Yep…. I’m shaking my head!!!!

So what happened… the jury went and deliberated for 11 hours and couldn’t come to an agreement. It was 9-3 in favor of my son. We were told that when our team went back to talk to the jury they found out that the 3 were concerned as to what would happen to his 3 kids if he went to jail? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Your not suppose to use your heart in this case your supposed to use the evidence that was given.  His defense was that it was self defense to hit my son.

Why can’t we use educated jurors to pick the fate of these criminals. We were told that in the beginning most of the jurors were for Mr Road Rage. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AM I BEING PUNKED? Then they swayed to find a majority guilty some how.  But not enough so it was a hung jury. The trial was over.

So what now? Well we can’t discuss that yet. Because we are going back to court in 2 weeks and we will let you know how that turns out. But there are 2 offers on the table. He has to choose one or the other.

so this is to be continued……

Hail Storm We Will Never Forget 3/24/19

We had the hail storm of the century here in Texas. It lasted for about 45 minutes. It was insane, we have never seen anything like it. Our city made the national news it was so bad. We had minimal damage thank god. We thought the world was coming to a end because it was not letting up and kept coming. The hail was the size of my fist. I have never physically seen hail this size until now.

We walked around our neighborhood to check out the damage and talk with our neighbors, and they know roofs need to be replaced for sure. Cars were trashed that were left in the street. Gutters dented badly and some torn off. My path way lights are non existent that were made of glass.

I’m grateful that it did not shatter our house windows. As loud as it was, I that for sure our huge windows would all need to be replaced in our new home.

We just had our roof fixed, looks like we have to have it done again. So very frustrating. Texas weather is CRAZY!!

HONEY CITRUS GRILLED CHICKEN WITH BASIL BUTTER

Had this yummy dish the other night and thought I would share it with y’all. It was loved by all, kids included. The side dishes were pasta and honey roasted carrots. The chicken was delicious. This is a must try dish. If you don’t like the taste of lemon on your chicken then stay away from this because you can definitely taste lemon on this chicken. It’s not really strong but just the perfect touch of citrus to notice it.

Enjoy 😉

HONEY CITRUS GRILLED CHICKEN WITH BASIL BUTTER

Ingredients:

Chicken

• juice of 2 lemons

• juice of 2 limes

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 2 cloves minced garlic

• 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Basil Butter

• 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (I used Challenge Butter)

• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves

• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional

Instructions

Chicken

1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together. Place chicken in a zip-top bag and pour marinade on top. Marinate for at least 3 hours.

Basil Butter

1. Combine all the butter ingredients in a small bowl and using a fork combine evenly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. When ready remove chicken from the refrigerator. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill chicken for 6-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.

3. Remove from grill and serve with a pat of basil butter on each chicken breast.

https://cookiesandcups.com/honey-citrus-grilled-chicken-basil-butter/

Fashion Forward

I posted a couple outfits on my social media sites and mentioned that I would go into detail what I was wearing and where I purchased them.

Our temperature in Texas has been all over the charts so I have not had to wear a heavy jacket. Long sleeve shirts have been sufficient. But coming up, that is going to change and it is going to get cold again. So for now, I’m enjoying it.

The shirt I’m wearing is a BP shirt. It’s more of a thermal type of shirt so it’s snug but super comfy. I got a size up because I don’t care for my shirts to be really tight. The pants are Lucky, the belt is Ferragamo, and the peep toe shoes are Vince Camuto.

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/bp-stripe-henley/5068849?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=black%20soren%20stripe

https://www.luckybrand.com/mid-rise-sweet-crop/7W14337.html?dwvar_7W14337_color=410&cgid=w-jeans-shop-by-leg-skinny

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/salvatore-ferragamo-x-small-new-gancini-leather-belt/4947246?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FAccessories%2FBelts&color=nero

https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/vince-camuto-kicetta-bootie/413831?activeColor=280

This outfit I’m wearing is very comfy. Perfect for the crazy weather as well. The shirt is Treasure & Bond, the jeans are Lucky (I love Lucky Jeans! If you ever get a chance to try them on, definitely do it. Once you find the perfect fit of Lucky jeans you are HOOKED…. Lucky You. Lol 😂) The belt is Gucci, the booties are Carlos Santana. Super comfortable boots. Quite when you walk because of the soft soles. Love these booties!

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/treasure-bond-varsity-stripe-knit-top/5151238?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=navy%20d-%20white%20combo

https://www.luckybrand.com/mid-rise-sweet-crop/7W14337.html?dwvar_7W14337_color=410&cgid=w-jeans-shop-by-leg-skinny

https://m.saks.com/pd.jsp?productCode=0400096006506&R=888108863396&P_name=Gucci&Ntt=maramont+gucci+belt&N=

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/carlos-by-carlos-santana-whitley-boots?ID=5357680&CategoryID=25122&swatchColor=Light%20Doe#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D1%26ruleId%3D78%26kws%3DCarlos%20Santana%20Whitley%20Boots%26searchPass%3DallMultiMatchWithSpelling%26slotId%3D1

Here are some other shirts I loved that are all Treasure & Bond. A great brand that is well worth the cost and not expensive at all. These all fit true to size and very comfortable material.

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/treasure-bond-ribbed-henley-top/5048335?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=pink%20misty%20marla%20stripe

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/treasure-bond-v-neck-henley-top/5090007?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=black

Definitely recommend…Enjoy 😉!

Love Beauty and Planet

I have to do a review on a great product that I absolutely love. I usually only purchase hair care products from a salon. This way I know my hair is getting the best it can get because when you go get your hair done it always comes out smelling great, feeling great, and it’s shiny and looks healthy.

So I have been buying products from salons for many, many years until recently. I was in Target and was looking for some all natural body wash. There was a few, but one that caught my eye because it had a bunch of different scents. I love choices and this particular brand had a bunch. Not only did it have body wash it had shampoo and conditioner. I thought “Why not, what do I have to lose?” So I did, and I’m totally hooked! I love… Love Beauty and Planet products. I can not say enough about the way the hair products make my hair feel. They are AMAZING! My hair is soft, smells great, feels full, and it’s so shiny. I have tried the lavender and I am using the coconut water & mimosa flower now. I can’t wait to try the others. The body wash does not dry out my skin and it’s not to strong for me. I absolutely love it.

Not only are these products AMAZING the company is doing amazing things for the planet. They are using 100% recycled bottles and are now working on making the caps recycled as well. You can follow this wonderful journey with them #smallactsoflove and see how much this company is transforming and making the planet a better place to live.

They also carry a deodorant line that does not have aluminum in it and has 24 hour protection. The deodorant line has 4 different scents; Refreshing, Pampering, Energizing, Relaxing.

If you get the chance, you have to try one of these products, you won’t go wrong. Definitely smell them in the store. They all smell wonderful!!!

https://www.lovebeautyandplanet.com/us/en/home.html

Adidas NMD R1

I have worn a lot of different sneakers in my time but I will never move away from NMD’s . They are the most comfortable shoes I have put on my feet.

The shoes are sporty and lightweight with a boost in the midsole for just the right cushion for your foot. I love this color and it’s perfect for spring. They also have green with pink, all black, grey and pink, all grey, and then mine which is almost sold out.

I really like this shoes because of the built in sock. It hugs your foot and they are so comfortable like it’s suppose to be there. You have to try them, you won’t go wrong with Adidas NMD R1. I bought these from Nordstroms and I have attached the link below. Enjoy 😉

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-nmd-r1-athletic-shoe-women/4376938?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=grey%20three%2F%20shock%20pink