Charges Against Grand Prairie Teacher Accused of Running over 6-Year-Old Being Dropped -- For Now

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Tammy Lowe, a 53-year-old Grand Prairie teacher, surrendered to police in January, five days after she allegedly struck and killed 6-year-old John Raidy in a horrific hit-and-run.

She was charged with injury to a child and failure to stop and render aid. Now, those charges are about to be dismissed.

This comes after Lowe's attorneys complained that the Dallas County District Attorney's office reneged on a promise to let the defense present their case to the grand jury that handed down the indictment. Her attorney's announced the dismissal at a news conference yesterday afternoon.

Their celebration may be short-lived. Heath Harris, Dallas County's first assistant DA, told NBC 5 that his office will take Lowe's case to a new grand jury, this time following through on the atypical promise to allow the defense to present.

"This office is all about credibility and doing the right thing," Harris said.

Meanwhile, Lowe's attorneys are mad that prosecutors are keeping Lowe's car for evidence.

"This is a 53-year-old grandma/teacher who needs her car," one of the attorneys, Cameron Gray, said at yesterday's news conference. "And what possible reason would you have for keeping it now? You need some evidence? Take your pictures, get everything you need and let her have her car back. This is mean spirited and vicious."

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deep-sigh
deep-sigh

I hope this trial doesn't go the way of Gabrielle Nestande, the former legislative aide. In her hit and run resulting in death trial, Nestande was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. She was found not guilty of failure to stop and render aid. The judge went back and tacked on 180 days in jail, the max she could give.  Pitiful.

mydallascheckandbala
mydallascheckandbala

Is it weird that Tammy Lowe is working for her attorney now?  Is that why he making such a stink about this?  Or is it because he was prosecuted/convicted by the DA's office previously?  Is this coverage an attempt by the media to pile on their beef with the DA?  Guess they forgot that Cameron Gray and Tammy Lowe are not the victims here.  The dead 6 year old kid and his family are.

mydallascheckandbala
mydallascheckandbala

So I'm looking at Gray's website (www.lawofficeofcamerongray.net) and specifically, I'm reviewing his past employment. He lists that he was "The Peace at County of Dallas, Texas, Justice" from 1988 to 1998. I'm working under the assumption that the title is a very lawyer'ish way of saying Justice of the Peace? And if my assumption holds true...how is it that he held that position until 1998 (as he states), when he was forced to resign from that position sometime in 1992/1993 as part of his plea bargain for possessing Valium, crack cocaine and a prostitute?? And again, if my assumption holds true, is he misrepresenting his employment history??

mydallascheckandbala
mydallascheckandbala

1992 - Cameron Gray was arrested (while serving as a Justice of the Peace in Grand Prairie) for having the following items in his car: (1) a Valium pill, (2) a $10 rock of crack cocaine and (3) a prostitute. Oops. He was reportedly quoted back then as having said that only the Valium was his and that although he'd tried crack before, he didn't like it much and was looking for Valium - which he consumed with a relish.

Cameron Gray struck a plea bargain with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to possessing a single Valium tablet and no contest to possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana. The State dropped the felony charge of cocaine possession. At the end of the day, Gray was to serve 2 years of probation on a misdemeanor drug charge and he had to resign his Justice of the Peace position.  (References for all of the above: Pills-a-go-go Journal of Pills, Duncanville Today newspaper, Kerrville Daily Times newspaper and The Paris News newspaper).

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

This lady pisses me off; she's a granny, dresses like a granny and is a teacher; and she couldn't stop?  Why? Was she drunk?  Hopefully they keep her car, and throw the frickin' book at her when they retry her. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

She must have a cop in her family.  they are the only ones who can kill with impunity.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

She was Licensed insured with currant registration and inspection.....While we might not ever know ''WHY" she ran . And  really that's not the issue because she has created a void in the time line and we have to give her the benefit  of the doubt because nothing about her state of mind or physical condition at that time can be proved or disproved  .

All we are left with is the  fact that she left the scene and a dying child on the pavement . 

And that's all we need to convict !

NewsDog
NewsDog

"This office is all about credibility and doing the right thing," Harris said... Mr Harris have you been watching your boss lately??

She needs to face charges but make sure they are the correct charges under the law.  Stupid isn't a crime.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

"...This is mean spirited and vicious." her attorney says. Wonder what it is for the parents of the child she KILLED. And then ran & hid like the CRIMINAL she is. Bad things happen to good people, but everyone needs to pay for their crimes. And this most definetly includes Hitting & KILLING a small child & then leaving the scene

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The press has jumped all over this dismissal in order to anger the public, knowing all along that the DA would get another indictment.  BTW, she should never be allowed behind the wheel ever again.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

"She was charged with injury to a child and failure to stop and render aid."  The child is dead, not injured.  Is this the most they can actually charge her with?  Does manslaughter or vehicular homicide not apply in this case?  She knew she without a doubt that she hit the kid, and she ran.  

FEDUP
FEDUP

I feel someone about to sing Kumba- fuckin- ya.

Life if not worse, if i were that 6yrs olds father she damn sure better watch her ass, I don't give a rats ass if she's a grandmother.

JSSS
JSSS

"This is mean spirited and vicious."  I wonder what the victims of her callous behavior would say.  Another example of a lawyer not knowing when to just shut the hell up.

mcmurrayphoto
mcmurrayphoto

@cheeseburger Injury to a Child which results in death is a 1st degree felony, same grade and penalty as murder and usually easier to prove. 

 

titusgroan
titusgroan

They are probably arranging to plead her out on a lesser charge.  She did turn herself in.

And guys, she ran because she panicked.  I would like to say I would have done differently in her position, but when the fight-or-flight response takes over all bets are off.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@JSSS So, you don't see how keeping her car, for no good reason isn't mean spirited?  Just cause she did wrong, doesn't mean you get to fuck her 11 ways to Sunday.  If they prosecute her and she does jail time, that's fair.  They don't need her car. 

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@titusgroan Did she panic because she was drunk or high?  Usually that is the reason for running

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@titusgroan She only turned herself in when the cops were closing in and the video came out

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

@titusgroan If your panic when seeing an injured 6 year old is not because you are scrambling to render aid in whatever way possible, society no longer has use for you.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@scottindallas @JSSS  

Let's not forget she "allegedly" ran a red light, struck the child, drove on 100 yards with the child on her hood, braked hard to throw the child from her hood, left the child bleeding in the street and took off to save her own ass. I don't believe she needs to be on the road.

gabbahey
gabbahey

@scottindallas @JSSS Just like she fucked that family out of their 6 year old little boy "11 ways to Sunday" by murdering him with her car, and only coming forward 5 days later? She has no business driving, not anymore. I think they should revoke her license as well.


titusgroan
titusgroan

Maybe so.  Hopefully you and I never have to find out just how little use society has for us.

backstreet41
backstreet41

@GuitarPlayer @scottindallas  Well scottindallas guess if it had been you there it would have been just fine for them to do this. Your nuts hope and wish they would take her and her car and just burn them both. So until you walk in Lauren and Christopher and Lily's shoes you should remember it could have been you. Sleep well

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@scottindallas   

That's a fine thought dude, because you know....the Constitution and stuff......

But the reality is that the car is EVIDENCE in an ongoing MURDER prosecution. It's considered a MURDER WEAPON. Get it? Since when do people suspected of MURDER (she obviously confessed) get the MURDER WEAPON back? 

Use the common sense God gave you Scott.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Tom434 @scottindallas @JSSS That's not really a small and efficient gov't that works for the people is it?  Gov't seizure of private property?  Take her license away, let her sell her car.  The gov't has no business holding people's property. 

James080
James080 topcommenter

@scottindallas @James080 @JSSS  

The car is evidence of a crime. Depending on the theories of her defense, they may need to preserve the current condition of the car. Tell me, if she shot someone with a Glock, then bailed out after she was caught, should they give her back the Glock before the trial?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@James080 @scottindallas @JSSS That's the deal with rights, they apply to everyone, even those, especially those we may not like.  If you don't want her to have a license, take it away.  But, that's her car, let her sell it, give it to her kids, whatever.  Taking private property beyond what's necessary to prosecute the case is excessive and not the limited gov't you usually claim to believe in. 

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

@ScottsMerkin @James080 @scottindallas @JSSS Probably not.  Probably not if it was a homeless white man either.  But if it was a homeless Mexican 6 year old, I don't think the outrage would be any less.  It's just different when it's a little child.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@WhiteWhale @hilllbillle BINGO.  I suspect the almost daily hit-and-runs occurring in this area are due to the fact that the penalty for failure to stop and render aid is preferable to the penalty for Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter.  Just a smart "business decision" to run away and sober up before turning yourself in.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

had she just stopped, looked distraught, emotional,remorseful, her punishment  probably would have been a traffic citation.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

MURDER? had she not run, she probably wouldn't even be up on charges for the accident. texas let's dangerously bad drivers wreck/kill/maim, talk/text/read the newspaper while driving all they please as long as they don't drink any alcohol first. i dodge worse drivers  every time i get in my car.

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