Repeat DWI offender John Patrick Barton, 30, unexpectedly plead guilty at the start of his double felony murder — the first in Denton County for repeat DWI offenders – and triple intoxication assault trial on Monday. I previously wrote about this heinous case.
Poor Kandace Hull, 33, and her 13-year-old daughter, Autumn Caudle, died Easter morning after their car was rammed as they drove on Interstate 35E near State Highway 121. Hull’s husband and two other children were also severely injured in the wreck. What a catastrophe for this fine family who had just moved here from Colorado.
Barton, who had three prior DWI convictions and was not even allowed to drink as a condition of being out of jail on parole, had been drinking all night before the Easter early morning collision. His BAC was estimated to be three times the legal limit!
Drunk and driving? With three previous convictions? On Easter morning? In his wife’s car, because his had an ignition lock?
A jury is hearing evidence to determine the punishment for Barton. He faces up to life in prison. I hope he gets it.
Many of my clients have been hurt by drunk drivers and it infuriates me.
Just yesterday, I settled a case for a substantial sum of money for a young man who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his intoxicated friend. My client sustained various injuries, including burns to his face. This is what he said about my legal service:
I really appreciate how hard you fought to get me all that money.
It is way more than I ever thought I would get. Now I can buy a car,
go back to college, and have money to live on for a long time. You
are awesome! Thanks!
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, please call me. I will fight hard to recover your damages and get you the settlement you deserve.