It seems that Dieter Werner has finally hit a lucky streak. After a rough run -- having his ex-girlfriend find the pair of tracking devices he'd latched onto her car; after being sentenced ten years on a pair of charges of stalking -- the 70-year-old has finally caught a break that he's done as little as possible to deserve.
Shortly after his conviction in 2011, Werner was charged with helping Predrag Perisic to evade police. For those who don't recall the name, Perisic was the equally jilted lover who swept into Texas and pumped a dozen rounds into his children in Coldspring, killing his ten-year-old and critically wounding the 12-year-old.
Based on court documents, Werner denied any contact with Perisic, though sworn testimony from Perisic's daughter showed that Werner didn't simply slow police investigations, but also provided the murderer with the location and vehicle used for the shooting.
And yet, as these lovers nurse wounds similar and simmering, only one remains under conviction, stuck in jail for the remainder of his natural life. Based on a ruling from the First District Court last Thursday, Werner is a free man, set with innocence until the courts can, once more, prove him guilty.
The path to Werner's current freedom is a bit banal. His pair of convictions were struck due to technicalities, based on improperly submitted evidence and the denial of a motion to have the stalking charges tried separately. Based on the evidence thus presented, and especially as included within the First District Court's instructions to remand, it seems unlikely that Werner will walk -- but that doesn't deter from the fact that this man's suddenly, legally, an innocent man accused of heinous love-lust.
Nor, as it is, does it deter from the fact that he never had to face charges for abetting Perisic's murders. Because when Werner was charged with hindering Perisic's apprehension, the assistant district attorney tossed the accusal, citing Werner's conviction in the stalking cases. With such convictions now remanded, Werner will either face a retrial for allowing Perisic time to blast his children, or will remain untouched by the charge.
Either way, Werner seems to have suddenly reached a nice streak he has done everything to forgo. As he noted in one of his innumerable amorous SMS's, "Should have answered the phone and not ignored me again. Pissed me off. Now I show you." Here's hope both time and the rulings might make him feel a bit better.
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