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Texas-Prosecutors say UNT student was raped, strangled, then set on fire (Illegal alien suspect)
Dallasnews.com ^ | 2/23/2009 | JENNIFER EMILY

Posted on 02/23/2009 5:58:10 PM PST by dragnet2

A University of North Texas sophomore was raped before she was strangled and set on fire, a Dallas County prosecutor said this morning during opening statements in her accused killer's trial.

Prosecutor Andrea Handley told jurors that after Ernesto Reyes raped Melanie Goodwin, a 19-year-old Arlington native, he put his knee on her chest and strangled her before burning her body. Reyes faces a capital murder charge in the Sept. 25, 2007, slaying.

"Melanie Goodwin never had an enemy in her life until she came into contact with the defendant in this case," Handley said.

Goodwin was killed after she gave Reyes a ride from a Denton convenience store, prosecutors say. She did not know Reyes, who was unemployed at the time

Goodwin had been working until nearly 1 a.m. handing out free Red Bull at a late-night game release at Dallas GameStops.

Surveillance video, prosecutors say, show them leaving the store together. Hours later, video from a Carrollton office building also shows Reyes burning Goodwin's body.

Goodwin had just been accepted into the broadcast program at UNT when she was killed.

Reyes, who legally immigrated from Mexico, faces an automatic life sentence if the jury convicts him.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


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Another innocent American, violently, brutally murdered, and likely burned alive.

Those in government, our elected officials, responsible for this violent invasion of millions, once again evade all responsibility.

1 posted on 02/23/2009 5:58:11 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Holy hell. If there is a state of mind beyond rage then getting a hold of the sub-human that did this would put me into it.


2 posted on 02/23/2009 6:01:28 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: dragnet2


The scum should die a slow, very painful death.


3 posted on 02/23/2009 6:01:30 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: dragnet2
This is just a racist misunderstanding of the superior Mexican machismo culture.

The restoration of Aztlan will put an end to persecution like this.

Viva reconquista.

4 posted on 02/23/2009 6:04:33 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Welcome to the Obama-Democrat Depression.)
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To: Islander7
Unfortunately, that won't help 19 year old Melanie Goodwin.

Or the next hundred victims of this violent lawless invasion.

5 posted on 02/23/2009 6:05:44 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Islander7

Sub-human POS. You can feel the evil coming from him even in a picture. I don’t agree with those who say life imprisonment would make these evil sub-humans suffer more, they don’t understand anything but having the same snuffing of their lives inflicted on them as they inflict on innocent people. They’re just animals with nothing but survival instinct-eat, breed, and murder. He has the dead evil eyes of a shark.


6 posted on 02/23/2009 6:06:55 PM PST by mrsmel (Put the Gitmo terrorists near Capitol Hill.)
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To: dragnet2
Not taking away any of the horror of this crime, but I think you're mistaking something -- the article says:
Reyes, who legally immigrated from Mexico...
I don't see where you get "illegal alien" or "invasion" stuff, if in fact he was here legally.

That said, if he's convicted, string his lousy @$$ high until the birds devour him. Murdering scumbag.

7 posted on 02/23/2009 6:07:01 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dragnet2

hey, O will make tghem legal. expect a flood to come, many on the narco-terrorist payroll


8 posted on 02/23/2009 6:07:30 PM PST by GeronL (Hey, won't you be my Face Book friend??)
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To: dragnet2

If only these types would stick to killing each other.


9 posted on 02/23/2009 6:07:37 PM PST by mrsmel (Put the Gitmo terrorists near Capitol Hill.)
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To: dragnet2; All
An horrific story. I wonder if this case will get the same publicity in the national news as the James Byrd Jr. case? I kinda doubt it.

This story should get the same attention as the James Byrd case but I'd bet a years salary against the change in most peoples' pocket that it won't get 10% of the publicity of the James Byrd case.
10 posted on 02/23/2009 6:08:43 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Islander7

Cute girl. Why in the world she would give this scum a ride I will never know. I’m a fairly built dude that handle handle myself and I would never give these leeches a ride.


11 posted on 02/23/2009 6:10:39 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: dragnet2
She was asking for it! /sarc

That comment wouldn't fly if it was for anything else, would it? Like with Palin (where Feminists stood quiet) and the liberal media went on attack mode because she was conservative, I doubt this story will get picked up by the national media or become some rallying point. The media simply sympathizes with what they see as the plight of the “undocumented workers,” and stories like this are really to controversial and touchy for a media that would rather write about feel good nonsense or make belief controversies and soft topics. The real controversies, like illegal aliens and the cost to our social services, the associated crime, even the spread of certain diseases (TB for example), that's a topic they don't want to touch.

12 posted on 02/23/2009 6:11:06 PM PST by Red6
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To: dayglored
Reyes, who legally immigrated from Mexico

Ya know what, you're right.

Would that not seem to make this even worse considering our government is allowing people to enter legally from a country where it's people routinely defecate on our laws?

13 posted on 02/23/2009 6:16:07 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

But think of how much this guy probably helped the economy, holding down a low paying job. I’ll be darned if I can fault our policy regarding illegal immigrants. /s

How many deaths, shootings, rapes, abused children, kidnapped people, home invasions, assaults, robberies, burglaries, thefts, stolen cars, property damage, gang related crimes, and more, must we endure under the heel of our Dear Uncle Sam, before this s—t comes to an end?

I know I’m about as pissed off as a person could be about it.


14 posted on 02/23/2009 6:19:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: dragnet2
Mccain will support amnesty and expungemnet.
15 posted on 02/23/2009 6:20:34 PM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: dragnet2

Found this on another site: http://www.mahalo.com/Melanie_goodwin

In September, 2007, Melanie Goodwin’s burned body was found in Carrollton, Texas. Investigators determined that she had been killed by blunt force trauma before she was set on fire. Surveillance camera footage showed a man dragging Goodwin’s body out of the car and setting it on fire. Ernesto Reyes was seen talking to Goodwin the night of the murder; he allegedly asked her for a ride at a convenience store. According to reports, Goodwin did not know Reyes. Donovan Young, a friend of Reyes, reported that Reyes had come to Young’s apartment with blood on his shirt, telling Young he’d killed Goodwin. Reyes said he didn’t mean to kill Goodwin and asked for help. Young gave him a gas can and money, and helped him hide Goodwin’s car. Young reportedly saw Goodwin’s corpse in the back seat of Reyes’ car. Young was jailed, on suspicion of tampering with evidence. Reyes fled to Mexico, and United States marshals arrested him north of Mexico City. He was kept in a Mexican prison for five months while the nation negotiated terms of his extradition; they would only release him to the United States if he would not be executed. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed. He was extradited back to Texas in May, 2008.


16 posted on 02/23/2009 6:23:31 PM PST by acw011 (Great Goooogly Mooogly!)
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To: DoughtyOne
Good point.

If he'd rape and burn a 19 year old college student, what else has he done since entering the U.S.?

Lets face it, this government has opened our doors to anyone, be it murderers, rapist or gangsters.

17 posted on 02/23/2009 6:24:34 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

And don’t forget those charming members of Hamas, Barack cares so deeply about that he’s providing $20.3 million, so they can immigrate to other nations. A leader like this doesn’t come along every day... /s Thank God!


18 posted on 02/23/2009 6:26:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Resolved: Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Spectre: 2010, Collins, Graham: 2014)
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To: Islander7
Texas,

While we do have capital punishment we no longer do it by hanging.

Cheap, easy, reliable, fast, painless.

After decades of trying to build newer and better contraptions for execution, spending millions, and coming up with complex machines, routines and procedures, drug cocktails, etc. we should ask ourselves why not hang people? From botched electric chair and gas chamber executions, the mess of shooting, or the the failures of injecting, the one method that after all these years still makes more sense that any other but is simply not “sophisticated and ritualistic” enough, is hanging.

19 posted on 02/23/2009 6:28:08 PM PST by Red6
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To: Islander7; acw011
The scum should die a slow, very painful death.

FYI

Reyes fled to Mexico, and United States marshals arrested him north of Mexico City. He was kept in a Mexican prison for five months while the nation negotiated terms of his extradition; they would only release him to the United States if he would not be executed. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed.

20 posted on 02/23/2009 6:28:46 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

The U.S. Department of Justice agreed....”

Not that I support them in any way, but the AB may take care of him once he is jailed.


21 posted on 02/23/2009 6:31:40 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Islander7

Seems the the U.S. Government pandering to the corrupt government of Mexico has no end.


22 posted on 02/23/2009 6:35:31 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Yeah, but as any wealthy GOP elitist can tell you, they make great gardeners, keep the fairways tight, the club house clean and really like bleach and old fashion on your knees scrubbing in the house.

Illegals are critical in living large on less money. And, anyways, they just live on the other sides of town.


23 posted on 02/23/2009 6:42:15 PM PST by Leisler
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To: dragnet2
Anti-See-No-Evil-Autocratic-Government Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!

Let's find a way to start sending all these "undocumenteds" to Georgetown and whichever universities the Congresscritters' children are studying at.

En masse.

24 posted on 02/23/2009 6:43:46 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: dragnet2

“Reyes, who legally immigrated from Mexico, faces an automatic life sentence if the jury convicts him.”

Am I missing something here? In any case..I say hanging is too good for him.


25 posted on 02/23/2009 6:48:24 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: dragnet2

Just here doing the jobs Americans won’t, I suppose.


26 posted on 02/23/2009 6:48:54 PM PST by BobbyT
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To: MEG33
Am I missing something here?

Yes, read up thread.

27 posted on 02/23/2009 6:48:58 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Bring out Ol’ Sparky.


28 posted on 02/23/2009 6:53:12 PM PST by popdonnelly (I went to an Obama Townhall and threw away my crutches!)
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To: dragnet2

The Democrats want to turn people like this into voters - for their party.


29 posted on 02/23/2009 6:54:23 PM PST by popdonnelly (I went to an Obama Townhall and threw away my crutches!)
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To: Leisler

I guess since the white trash are watching Jerry Springer in trailers across town and the ghetto blacks are watching Oprah in the projects...oh, it’s almost the 1st of the month...paycheck time from the Government, with a fresh set of food stamps!

Woo hoo...!

The illegal Mexican who does that type of work at the country club is usually hardworking and earnest, and cheaper than a meth head wanting $20 an hour for substandard work. The problem arises when the anchor babies arrive and join gangs while the parents work.


30 posted on 02/23/2009 6:55:25 PM PST by wac3rd (In the end, we all are Conservative, some just need their lives jolted to realize that fact.)
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To: wac3rd

Someone is supporting meth heads.

Anyways, what I was getting at was GOP elite reluctance to enforce the border. They get a service, and other parts of town get the costs.

Pro/Anti border fence aside, the government is just telling me that laws don’t matter, that the very idea of a United States don’t matter. Well, if that is the way they feel, and it is by their inaction, then why should I care about what ever laws I don’t want to since the main law entity doesn’t itself?


31 posted on 02/23/2009 7:14:28 PM PST by Leisler
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...the government is just telling me that laws don’t matter, that the very idea of a United States don’t matter. Well, if that is the way they feel, and it is by their inaction, then why should I care about what ever laws I don’t want to since the main law entity doesn’t itself?

That' IS the message the government gives us. It teaches disrespect of US laws and suggests because the government can pick and choose which laws it enforces, obeying US laws is optional or subject to personal interpretation. It doesn't help when activist judges affix fines of $70,000+ to US landowners for the claims of illegal aliens who have not one iota of right to be on the homeowners property or in this nation in the first place, but are there due to government negligence in enforcing immigration law.

32 posted on 02/23/2009 7:24:20 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: dragnet2
I'm personal friends of the Goodwin family and it's truly not believable what they have gone through (personally, with the Feds, and with the Dallas County DA's office) since this tragedy happened to Melanie.
33 posted on 02/23/2009 7:24:54 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: dragnet2
> Would that not seem to make this even worse considering our government is allowing people to enter legally from a country where it's people routinely defecate on our laws?

Depends on your point of view. I don't have a problem with people immigrating legally -- if they wait their turn, learn English, adapt to the American culture, stay honest and work hard. That's what my paternal grandparents did 85 years ago.

If they don't wait their turn, don't learn English, don't want to adapt to American culture, and break the laws... then they can go to hell and stay there.

For instance, this murdering POS can hang.

34 posted on 02/23/2009 7:32:06 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
For instance, this murdering POS can hang.

Reyes fled to Mexico, and United States marshals arrested him north of Mexico City. He was kept in a Mexican prison for five months while the nation negotiated terms of his extradition; they would only release him to the United States if he would not be executed. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed.

35 posted on 02/23/2009 7:36:18 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Islander7

Old rope. Fresh lighter fluid.


36 posted on 02/23/2009 7:37:46 PM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: dragnet2
> ...they would only release him to the United States if he would not be executed. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed.

DAMN! Well, maybe some helpful soul in his prison will finish the job.

37 posted on 02/23/2009 7:48:02 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: All

What the H&LL is wrong with these people??? How in the world are they brought up - it’s so easy for them to kill and hurt people. What kind of culture is this??? There’s so many stories like these - why is it so easy for them to kill????


38 posted on 02/23/2009 10:04:09 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Red6
From botched electric chair and gas chamber executions, the mess of shooting, or the the failures of injecting, the one method that after all these years still makes more sense that any other but is simply not “sophisticated and ritualistic” enough, is hanging.

Carbon monoxide would work nicely too. Completely painless and odorless. You just fall asleep and don't ever wake up.

39 posted on 02/23/2009 10:18:18 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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