Parents of murdered La Marque woman speak with emotion after suspect husband commits suicide
HOUSTON – “Am I sorry he no longer walks on this earth?” No, ”said Shirley Kinchen.
But Kinchen wanted to see his 48-year-old son-in-law, Trent Paschal, stand trial for the murder of his daughter Savannah on October 21, 2020.
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“After letting her know that she could no longer live with a person who was a habitual criminal,” she said.
Shirley shared moving testimony at a press conference with Houston Crime Stoppers Monday afternoon to comment on the apparent suicide of wanted fugitive Trent Paschal.
Paschal, accused of the murder of his wife Savannah in The brand, Texas, then on the run was found dead after authorities in Florida surrounded his vehicle and attempted to stop him, according to an incident report.
Shirley spoke at length about her daughter, the man who killed her and the issue of criminals out on bail.
While Paschal was out on murder bail, police said Paschal continued to rack up new felony charges.
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“He was arrested three times by Bois d’Amis, through Galveston County, and Harris County after committing the murder of my child. And he was released every time, “she said.
“And the judges saw fit to legally release him on bail all three times with us warning them not to do so,” Savannah father Mike Kinchen said.
Galveston and Harris counties judges, who granted Paschal bail, include 174th District Criminal Court Judge Hazel Jones.
“It was the judges who let this man go three times knowing he was dangerous, that he was slippery and that he had the potential not to show up,” said Mike.
Paschal spent 263 days as a wanted fugitive.
“So how many more Trent Paschals are out there,” Andy Kahan said with Crime Stoppers of Houston.
No one in Harris County can tell us how many people released from prison under multiple criminal obligations are now wanted fugitives.
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Paschal’s escape from the law ended on New Years Day when he committed suicide in Ocala, Florida.
“It was torture every day, every minute,” Shirley said. “I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since October 21, 2020.”
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BELOW ARE TRANSCRIPTIONS FROM THE PARENTS OF SAVANNAH PASCHAL
“My name is Shirley Kinchen. Our daughter Savannah was murdered by her husband on October 21, 2020. After letting her know that she could no longer live with a person who was a habitual criminal and that she wanted some more for their children.
Trent Paschal committed suicide on January 1 rather than surrender to law enforcement. He had been on the run for 263 days when a tip, and thank God for this person, led the police to find him.
Did I want him to be held accountable for his actions? Did I want to look him in the eye and face me again? With what he had done? Yes.
Am I sorry he no longer walks on this earth? No.
He is no longer a threat to my family or society. And as Andy said, we don’t know who he victimized, how many he victimized. We will continue to honor the memory of our daughter by fighting for bond reform and highlighting a justice system that has failed not only us and her children, but also so many other victims. And there are a lot of victims. We waited a little over a year. Many people wait decades. We will continue to speak out to raise awareness about domestic violence. We will be forever grateful to the US Marshals and Andy and Crime Stoppers for their support during this most difficult time of our lives, that’s all I have to say. “
On what it was doing while Trent was on the run:
“It was torture. I didn’t feel in my guts. I guess he would come back to Texas, but I didn’t think he was going to murder my daughter. Me, we were both looking over our own. shoulder.. We did not lose sight of the children and we had to explain to them that if there was a minute, a small chance for their safety, that we loved them too much to take that chance. this burden was lifted . But it was torture. Every day, every minute, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since October 21, 2020. I hope that will change in the months to come. “
Regarding the reform of the deposit:
“More surveillance, when we saw on social media that he was breaking his strict limits on limits when he was spending the weekend in Galveston and was supposed to be under house arrest,… I think there must be have stricter monitoring on the ankle monitors. Once the subpoena was made after he committed an armed robbery or theft of the vehicle. It was discovered that his ankle monitor had been on the charger in his mother’s house almost 90% of the time. I know that watching the news there are criminals committing murder with ankle monitors on is not acceptable. I wish the judges had more compassion and more leeway to review the criminal records of these people before they are allowed to wear an ankle monitor or be released on You know, when the rights of the victim come into play and do they trump on the rights of the criminal? “
On how to remember Savannah:
“I wish Savannah was remembered as a defender of the underdog. We held a 5k walk in October near the anniversary of her death to raise funds for Bay Area Turning Point and a scholarship fund that was set up in our church. wanting to continue helping others like she did. She was working with Bay Area Turning Point. Ironically, she was working with them when she was murdered.
“I would like our daughter to be remembered as a loving and caring person. She worked in the funeral industry, helping people cope with grief, tragedy and loss. She worked with Bay. Area Turning Point. She was a loving mother. Her children were the light of her life. And these children now live with us. We are raising our grandchildren, and we have the adoption processes in place, and they will be ours. And we keep raising them and telling them what a great person their mother was to be remembered for all the good things she’s done. Her light will not be extinguished. “
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