'He's a Big Teddy Bear,' Says Accused Terlingua Killer's Sister on Fourth Day of Witness Testimony

'He's a Big Teddy Bear,' Says Accused Terlingua Killer's Sister on Fourth Day of Witness Testimony

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

SIERRA BLANCA - Witness testimony continued Friday in the murder trial of Terlingua man Tony Flint.

Flint, 38, is accused of beating Terlingua bar owner Glenn Felts to death last February.

A Texas Ranger who assisted in taking Flint's initial statements to law enforcement and an El Paso-based DNA analyst were among the people called to the stand by prosecutors.

Forensic evidence presented to the court left little doubt that Flint was present at the crime scene and later went home spattered with his alleged victim's blood. The probability of DNA swabs matching individuals aside from Flint and Felts was less than one-in-a-billion for each positive sample, according to the DNA analyst's testimony.

None of the witnesses called to the stand on Friday - or during the three previous days of testimony - recalled Flint claiming Felts had attacked him first.

However, one witness did recall illegal drug paraphernalia turning up after a search warrant was issued the day of Felts' death. Judge Roy Ferguson instructed jurors to disregard that statement.

Previously unreleased autopsy information is expected to surface on Monday, when the Lubbock County medical examiner takes the stand.

Flint will testify on Monday or Tuesday, according to defense attorneys.

"In the meantime, I want people to know more about my brother as a person [and not a murder defendant]," his older sister, Tiara Slack, told NewsWest 9.

Flint attended Missouri State University, where he played football, and graduated with a degree in geography and a minor in geology, she said. His "outdoorsy, adventurous" personality led him to pursue a career as a white water raft guide following graduation.

"[River guides] move with the seasons, so he went to Colorado after that," said Slack. "He had a great time there. He's so good at what he does [as a river guide] and people love his tours. He's led thousands of people safely across rivers."

She said friends and colleagues described him as "a big teddy bear... known for giving big hugs."

Slack declined to discuss details of the murder case with media, only stating that she was "proud of him for doing what he needs to do [and testifying in court next week]."

"He's the only one who knows the whole story of what happened that night [in February 2014]," she said. "We're just here to support him... I stand behind him 100 percent."

Jurors are expected to reach a verdict by Thursday, court officials told NewsWest 9.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Flint could face life behind bars.