Today was Greg Kelley’s last chance at back-peddling from his 2014 trial where he was convicted by a unanimous jury of super aggravated sexual assault of a child. His attorney, Keith Hampton, hopes his efforts were good enough to convince a panel of three judges in the 3rd Court of Appeals that not presenting all your facts at the original trial, nor in a sworn affidavit is grounds for a new trial. When questioned why he didn’t include his evidence, Hampton’s answer was that he wasn’t required to, and that if he did provide the evidence to the court they wouldn’t understand it anyway.
When pressed, Hampton summarized his evidence as being GPS tracking information obtained through a cellphone SIM card, including date and timestamps from photos, as well as over 50,000 text messages during the 192 days Mr. Kelley was in the residence. Hampton asserts this is concrete evidence supporting innocence, and .00000029% of the Cedar Park/Leander population agree with him despite Mr. Kelley’s post-trial confession that at times he was, “the only one who would interact with them.” Click here for video link.
The State argued Mr. Hampton was clearly attempting to circumvent the Plea Agreement Mr. Kelley signed after his conviction, which stated he would serve 25 years in prison and waive his right to an appeal. They did not rebut Hampton’s puzzle-making SIM card skills, but rather stuck with their main point that Hampton was not utilizing the proper mechanism to present his case and should therefore be denied a new trial.
Meanwhile, thousands of hundreds of about fifty Kelley supporters filled the courtroom. Others, such as Celebrations Church head pastor, Bob Brydon, who dressed in shorts and flip-flops, were denied entrance and waited in the hallway. My daughter heard him whispering repetitively about Michael Morton and the similarities between that case and Greg Kelley’s case, as well as how they were here because Cedar Park Police Chief, Sean Mannix, and the police department are corrupt, and that Jana Duty is not a Christian and thinks she is above the law. But, that is neither here nor there.
At the conclusion of the oral arguments, interviews were conducted just outside the building. I should mention that there were five of us in attendance today, supporting the now six year-old victims of Greg Kelley. We wore teal shirts with the emblem of the nomore.org organization which supports victims of domestic and sexual abuse. We were laughed at, but we expected that. A mob of fifty against a group of five can appear somewhat comical I suppose, especially when you’re wearing a giant donut logo on your shirt. What I didn’t expect was that someone very close to one of the young victims would be verbally baited. Jesse Mahan approached a woman that I will not identify, and asked her name. He proceeded to engage her in emotional conversation that upset her, telling her she was wrong about the boy’s abuser. Jake Brydon was just inside the building, laughing behind the glass door as the woman grew visibly upset. He then came outside and tapped Jesse on the shoulder, smirking at us and quoting some scripture about talking to fools. Then a third man approached, (video coming shortly on Twitter) and stated that his twin four year-olds tell stories “all the time.” I suppose that means all children lie and we should never believe an outcry of sexual assault if it comes from a child.
We were asked by Jesse if we were going to berate him on Twitter. My response was basically, if you are going to continue supporting a child molester and re-victimizing the children, then yes. Twitter is a great platform for bringing irony to light. So Jesse created a fake Twitter account called fake_victim7, which shows his level of maturity, picking on the kids again, and he posted pictures of my license plate, accused the daycare owner’s son of being the rapist, and made a creepy comment about performing illegal activity to obtain proof.
I can’t think of many other times I’d enjoy poking fun at people, but quite honestly someone who blatantly turns their back on a child victim of sexual abuse, calls them liars, and publicly supports and fights to free their rapist is fair game, in my book, for a little Twittercizing.