Found Deceased TX - Heidi Broussard, 33, murdered, baby stolen, Austin, 12 Dec 2019 *friend charged* #12

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  1. Trudie

    Trudie Well-Known Member

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    I think he will be okay. I don’t think his expenses increased because HB was murdered by her supposed best friend. Once HB returned to work they would have had daycare or nanny expenses, as SC will. SS will make up a portion of her lost wages, imo. I think if you look on his FB you’ll see he has made some changes in his housing situation. A couple new videos out here too.
    Also, didn’t someone say HB hoped to move to TC’s vacant house? Maybe that is still an option or even the vacant house could be sold or traded for SC to get the house he wants in the location he wants. Moo
     


  2. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I know! I keep wondering about their last conversation & what was said......apparently HB saw the real Megan and it had to be so frightening.
     
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  3. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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  4. yllek

    yllek Well-Known Member

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    BBM

    I wondered why prosecutors would have already taken the death penalty off the table, based on the snipped statement that MF could "face up to life in prison".

    In reading the linked article, it now says "Fieramusca could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of capital murder." Woman linked to Heidi Broussard's death indicted on capital murder charge
     
  5. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    The death penalty is still in play. As it stands, she faces life in prison. I'm not sure what the timeframe is in TX but within a specified amount of time, the prosecution will decide whether or not they are seeking the death penalty. MOO
     
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  6. kittythehare

    kittythehare Well-Known Member

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    There is no apparent reason for them not to seek and obtain it. A heinous crime.
    Then it will become a poker game for probably 2 full years.
    It should be so straightforward.
    Her defense will be interesting if outrageous, I imagine.
    The savagery of is what is most upsetting.
    She had the wherewithal to obtain and use a gun to kill her friend quick and clean if she had been so inclined.
    She chose a slow death, a terrifying death.
    What is it that is in her?
     
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  7. yllek

    yllek Well-Known Member

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    Thank you PommyMommy.

    My understanding is the same as your's -- it doesn't appear that prosecutors have decided whether or not to seek the death penalty.

    If that's accurate, "up to life in prison" is misleading in that it's not the most severe sentence/penalty MF could receive if convicted of capital murder in Texas.
     
  8. yllek

    yllek Well-Known Member

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    It will be interesting to see if prosecutors offer to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for a guilty plea (assuming MF is not deemed mentally incompetent).

    If she were to plead guilty, it would save a lot of time associated with pre-trial hearings, trial, mandatory appeals...

    I hope prosecutors get buy-in from Heidi's family in advance if they come to consider such a deal.
     
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  9. MontereyMama

    MontereyMama Well-Known Member

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    Slow, terrifying, and in close physical proximity. And she used her hands in addition to a leash which sounds like sadistic desperation. This is too terrible.
     
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  10. vlpate

    vlpate Sleuther with a porpoise

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    Kidnapping + murder made it a capital murder charge, IIRC
     
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  11. kittythehare

    kittythehare Well-Known Member

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    DP takes at least 10 years and costs a fortune in appeals, it's the most expensive option.
    She has a private lawyer still? That's likely to change to a public defender if it becomes a DP trial...
    That will cost a lot too.
    I'm not sure expense is a factor they will consider though.
    It will be a long one for sure, I doubt we'll ever get inside her head. I can't see her taking the stand.
    We will just receive somebody else's opinion on what it was that motivated her but it won't explain either her methodology or her rationale.
    I got the feeling she just sat there, unfazed, calmly smoking as the Tr's confronted her, her friend's corpse rotting, just a few feet away.
    The malice she displayed in attempting to pin it on Heidi's partner is egregious.
    What was she thinking at all?
    Playing with fire, withholding the smell of a decaying body from the man in whose house she lived.. Did she not smell it herself?
    Insanity plea is likely, I reckon.
     
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  12. Jsizzle

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    insanity plea is always crazy to me. Like aren’t all killers insane?! No sane person would do this. So that shouldn’t even be a plea. IMO
     
  13. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    I tried to edit my post above but it was too late. See below:

    First Degree Murder Sentencing and Penalties - FindLaw
    States vary in terms of how often prosecution seeks the death penalty, and also in whether their top level murder convictions require the death penalty. Texas, for example, imposes death sentences on all those convicted of capital murder, its highest level murder charge.

    Texas First Degree Murder Laws - FindLaw
    In Texas, first degree murder (or capital murder), carries a very serious and very heavy penalty. Since Texas is a state that allows capital punishment, it is possible to receive a death penalty sentence. Generally speaking, the sentence for a capital felony in Texas is either death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    ETA: See Seattle1's post below which explains it much better. :)
     
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  14. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy&Gabby

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    Capital Murder in Texas and Death Penalty Punishment:

    TRIAL

    A capital murder prosecution begins when the grand jury hands down an indictment charging a defendant with capital murder. The trial, which occurs in a Texas district court, proceeds in two phases.

    During the first phase of the trial, called the guilt/innocence phase, the jury must decide whether the prosecution has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of capital murder.

    If the jury finds the defendant guilty, that trial proceeds to the punishment phase, during which the jury answers special punishment issues.

    The jury’s answers to the special issues determine whether the defendant is sentenced to death or to life imprisonment.

    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.go...ms/Capital-Punishment-Appellate-Guide-EGN.pdf
     
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  15. lisette

    lisette Well-Known Member

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    Who is FD?

    ETA: Nvm I know now
     
  16. alwaysonmymind

    alwaysonmymind Well-Known Member

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    The last death sentence in Travis county was for Brandon Daniel who murdered an Austin police officer in 2012.

    I’m not holding out hope on Travis County DA going for the death penalty. moo
     
  17. UnderstandBlue

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    A capital crime is death penalty eligible. What happens after this will determine if it's pursued, but the groundwork has been laid.

    In my opinion, they will seek the death penalty, despite TC's reputation for not seeking it in general.
     
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  18. Lillymac

    Lillymac Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know she had ever had a private defense attorney. Who's paying for that I wonder if she does. ???
     
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  19. alwaysonmymind

    alwaysonmymind Well-Known Member

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    She can have a private attorney that’s been appointed by the court and paid by the county.

    Details here including fee schedule.

    Court Appointment System
     
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  20. BeachSky

    BeachSky Well-Known Member

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    I bet she’ll have to sleep with one eye open in there.
    JMO
     
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