By: Zora Asberry
TERLINGUA - A town hall meeting was held in Terlingua on Tuesday regarding the Tony Flints trial. Tony Flint was found not guilty after being accused of murdering Glenn Felts.
The community of Terlingua was left with unanswered questions after Flint was found not guilty for the murder of Glenn felts. On Tuesday, District Attorney Rod Ponton answered those questions addressing the verdict of not guilty.
"The community of Terlingua is a very close knit community and Glenn Felts was sort of the heart of that community and it was a very terrible blow to the community when Glen was killed and it was another terrible blow when the jury returned the verdict of not guilty," said Ponton.
Terlingua residents tell us that the trial has split the community apart between those who were close to Felts and those who were close to Flint
"I wanted to help the Terlingua community heal, I wanted to be able to answer the questions and somehow be able to heal and put these events behind them so they can go on with their lives," said Ponton.
Community members had asked questions like, how was flint able to have two different stories and still be found not guilty? Can there be a retrial? Why the jury was able to find flint not guilty after all of the evidence was there?
Ronda Harberer, a former employee of Glenn Felts and friend of Tony Flint said, "I saw all of the physical evidence, I saw all of the photos, the autopsy report. There was absolutely no way that they could have come up with this verdict, it just makes absolutely no sense."
District Attorney Ponton says that the family could file a civil suit but at this time the family wants to move on, however many members of the community are still having trouble moving on.
"There's a lot of people who are angry right now, they want to point fingers they want to point blame and I think that Rod, it was very big of him to come down here and give the information that he had," said Harberer.
"Not to talk about a victory, but just to lay out the facts to the community here and let them understand a little bit better what happened," said Ponton.