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Muehlberger's Past Raising Questions About Legal System

The events of April 20, 2010 were not an isolated incident. They were the culmination of a long string of run-in's with the law for Ross Muehlberger. One that wasn't able to keep Muehlberger off the Streets.

New information about Muehlberger's criminal past is raising serious questions about the legal system and how well it's protecting you.

Here is a timeline of Muehlberger's legal troubles:

-November 18, 2007: Muehlberger is identified on video surveillance participating in the burglary of an apartment. He is never indicted. Also on that day, Muehlberger stole a truck and held a man at gunpoint. He later pleaded guilty to Theft From A Person, a lesser charge.

-February 2, 2008: Muehlberger is arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief Above $500 and Less Than $1500. That stemmed from his kicking in a window on a 2004 Chevy Impala. The charge was later dismissed when Muehlberger paid restitution.

-February 13, 2008: Muehlberger was riding in an SUV pulled over by police. Already wanted on a warrant, Muehlberger is also charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Police found nearly 150 grams of cocaine and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Muehlberger is never indicted on the drug charge.

-September 24, 2009: One year after pleading guilty to Theft From Person, Muehlberger is granted an early termination of community supervision. Part of that agreement allows Muehlberger to withdraw his state felony guilty plea.

-November 19, 2009: Muehlberger is involved in the beating and stabbing of two people at Lake Wichita Park. He is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault.

-December 31, 2009: Muehlberger allegedly beats and threatens to kill his then-girlfriend Pamela Sampley. He is charged with Aggravated Assault Family/Dating Violence. Sampley later recants her statement to police.

-February 5, 2010: Muehlberger's bonds on the Aggravated Assaults and the Aggravated Assault Family/Dating Violence are reduced from $1.2 million to $60,000.

-March 19, 2010: Muehlberger allegedly threatens to kill Sampley's cousin. He is charged with Obstruction/Retaliation.

-April 12, 2010: Muehlberger's bond is reduced from $250,000 to $15,000 on the Obstruction/Retaliation charge.

-April 20, 2010: Muehlberger shoots and injures four women at Hasting's and shoots and kills Tim Donley at Toby's in the Shooting Rampage in the Falls.

Was Muehlberger able to get his bonds reduced so much because he was allowed to withdraw the guilty plea from his first felony? Why was he no-billed on two other felony charges in light of the evidence? We will continue to press officials for answers to these questions.

Newschannel 6 is also re-requesting the video surveillance from the night of the shootings. A previous Attorney General's ruling allowed the City of Wichita Falls to withhold that information because they said, in letters to the AG's office, they were actively seeking other potential actors. That conflicts with information the WFPD has been telling the public from the beginning of their investigation. We have included a transcript of our interview with WFPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Snyder with that request. In it, we question Sgt. Snyder about those conflicting statements.

 

 

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