• Love for Lunch

    IMG_7366Brawner fourth-grader Kimberly Revilla (from left) enjoyed lasts week’s Lunch With Loved Ones event with her grandmother Carol Villa and sister Khloe Revilla. Mary Vinson/Hood County News

  • Clean-up planned for eyesore house? April 28, 2016

    A commercial dumpster has appeared at 300 Tahiti Dr. by the lake bridge, indicating that perhaps a clean-up of the eyesore canal property may soon be in the works. The house, which was once a showplace on a canal, has been in a state of deterioration for several years. In five years’ time, its value fell by almost $100,000.

  • Granbury Wine Walk is Friday and Saturday April 28, 2016

    The seventh annual Granbury Wine Walk takes place from 2-8 p.m.Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday on and near the square. Wine tastings, live music and wine-related vendors are included in the fun.Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.granburywinewalk.com or at the event.

  • Building permits include a retailer, eatery and dialysis clinic April 28, 2016

    Granbury issued 19 building permits for the month of February totaling $1.6 million. Two commercial permits include Rue 21 and Firehouse Subs. In March, the city had 23 building permits totaling $3.6 million. A commercial construction permit was issued for the Dialysis Clinic.

  • Dooley convicted of capital murder April 27, 2016

    In video: Convicted murderer Tommy George Dooley is escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs Wednesday at the 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury, Texas.

    Tommy George  Dooley will spend the remainder of his life behind bars with no chance at parole after a jury found him guilty of capital murder Wednesday. The convicted murderer gunned down his wife, LaVera Aiken Dooley, in the driveway of their Pecan Plantation home last year as she called 911 from her car during a domestic dispute. After listening to testimony in the trial which began Tuesday, it took the jury less than two hours of deliberation to convict Dooley. Judge Ralph Walton presided over the case at the 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury.

  • City to start spraying for mosquitoes April 27, 2016

    The city may start spraying for mosquitoes on Thursday (April 28), weather permitting. Spraying will be conducted as often as twice weekly, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to Assistant City Manager Sheri Campbell-Husband.

  • Celebrate with Joseph’s Locker April 27, 2016

    Joseph’s Locker will mark 25 years of service in Hood County with a hotdog cookout and games on Saturday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The event takes place at a vacant lot at 1000 N. Houston St. near Gallagher Granite & Monuments. The lot was donated to Joseph’s Locker several years ago. With the 25th anniversary celebration, Joseph’s Locker begins a fund drive to expand the community outreach in Hood County.

  • Big Band’s jazz concert is free May 5 April 27, 2016

    If you are in the mood for jazz by the Langdon Center Big Band, you’ll want to get over to the Granbury Opera House Thursday, May 5. The Big Band plans a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the LCBB jazz scholarship fund.

  • Defense: Dooley murder case ‘not a whodunit’ April 26, 2016

    Tommy Dooley, right, with his defense team in Granbury, Tuesday April 26, 2016.
    Tommy Dooley, right, with his defense team at 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (Photo: Rich Jacques, HC News)
    In court Tuesday, Tommy George Dooley pleaded not guilty to a charge of capital murder as attorneys from both sides questioned why he shot his wife six times as she sat inside her car in the driveway their Pecan Plantation home last year.

    Day one of the LaVera Aiken Dooley murder trial centered not on who pulled the trigger but on what each side believes the evidence shows in terms of a motive for the murder.

    A 911 audio tape played to all in the courtroom graphically recounted the sequence of events and murder of the victim as she spoke with a dispatcher and called for help from her 2014 Mercedes Benz on Feb. 12, 2015.

    “He shot me!” screamed LaVera Dooley on the phone to the 911 dispatcher after the first bullet was fired by her then 51-year-old husband standing outside.

    Tommy Dooley shot five more times into the car before putting the pistol down inside their Colonial Drive home, chugging three beers, calling 911 and surrendering without incident to the first officer on scene, according to a taped confession made by Dooley that was played in court. On the recording that was made in the Hood County Jail just hours after the incident, Hood County Investigator Robert Young asked the defendant “What made you stop shooting?”

    “Because I ran out of bullets,” said Dooley, who repeatedly stated to Young he shot the victim because of the 911 call. But did he pull the trigger because he simply “snapped” as the defense claims, or is the prosecution correct with their assertion that Dooley tried to end the 911 call by shooting his wife?

    Dooley told investigators his wife treated him “mean” throughout their contentious relationship.

    The couple was contemplating divorce, according to a marriage counselor that testified Tuesday.

    A precise determination of motive in the case could be the deciding factor as to whether Dooley gets life in prison without parole and a capital murder conviction, or something less.

    Seeking a simple murder conviction, defense attorney Pamela Walker argued the state “overcharged” their case of capital murder against her client. “That’s where we have an issue.”

    “This case is not a whodunit,” said Walker in opening statements. “It’s not going to be a Perry Mason moment where something miraculous is going to happen.”

    The prosecution’s case hinges on their claim that Tommy Dooley murdered his wife because she was on the phone with 911 and acting as an informant reporting a domestic disturbance when she was gunned down. If so, Dooley is guilty of capital murder which comes with life in prison without parole, according to the prosecution.

    “The evidence is going to show you that the defendant murdered LaVera on a count of her service of status as an informant that night,” said Assistant District Attorney Megan Chalifoux in her opening argument.

    The jury, consisting of six men, two women and two alternates was chosen Monday.

    The case resumes Wednesday in 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury.

    Expected later this week are forensic experts who will examine the wounds caused by Dooley’s Rossi .38-calibre revolver used in the shooting.

    Get the full story in Saturday’s printed edition of the Hood County News.

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