A year later; Allen murder case warm



On the anniversary of the murder conviction of Karra Trichelle Allen on June 2, District Attorneys said an appeal may be in the works.

Allen, now 44, was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 2, 2015 after a jury found her guilty of murdering her husband, Brian Dean Allen, 39, in their home on County Road 320 in July 2013.

“I'm sure she'll appeal,” said District Attorney Sonny McAfee, adding that he didn't believe the documents had been filed yet. “When she files her appeal, we'll be involved.”

Trichelle Allen's attorney, Gary Prust, a criminal defense and family law attorney out of Austin, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Allen initially pled self defense, citing ongoing abuse during the trial, but evidence presented to the jury, including a deputy's testimony that the victim had been shot four times in the back, and a record of messages between Allen and a friend, did not lean in her favor. She texted the friend a few hours before the shooting, threatening to shoot and dismember her husband.

“I really hate him. I'm (probably going to) pack a bag and leave,” she texted a friend, and then added that someone should dig a hole and “I'll do the rest.”

This wasn't the first spousal murder case McAfee had tried. 


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