HEMPHILL, Texas (KTRE) – Community members in Deep East Texas are speaking out for a mother who has been arrested for taking action against the man accused of killing her daughter.
He was out on bail at the time.
Matthew Edgar is currently indicted by the grand jury on murder charges after being charged with the 2020 murder of 19-year-old Livye Lewis.
Edgar was granted bail of $ 50,000.00 on April 6 by a state district judge.
According to Darci Bass’s Facebook post, last Thursday Darci Bass came into contact with Matthew Edgar, 25, the man accused of murdering his 19-year-old daughter, Livye Lewis, on October 31, 2020. The prosecutor’s office of the Sabine County tells us that Edgar’s bail was reduced to $ 50,000 because Edgar was not charged within 90 days of his arrest; it must happen by law. Bass’s Facebook post states that she threw things, assaulted Edgar, and damaged his vehicle. After meeting with the store, Matthew Edgar filed a lawsuit against Darci Bass for assault caused by bodily harm, retaliation and criminal mischief.
The Sabine County Sheriff’s Office confirms the charges against her.
Sheeta Gaspard is a mother, unrelated to the case, but she was at Monday’s protest. She lost three children due to natural causes and said she was by Darci’s side.
“Here this mother, yes she was angry. She blasted. Okay? And then you have the audacity to go and complain to him for what? For feeling the rage and sadness at the same time because she is face to face with someone who has been charged with killing her child. Yes, I am with them, ”said Gaspard.
Sydney Ebarb is the niece of Darci Bass. Sabine County Jail confirmed that Darci Bass surrendered around 4 p.m. Monday.
“I don’t feel like a grieving mother should have to surrender, she shouldn’t even have to mourn. It was not for natural reasons that she was not here with us. And I just feel like they have to understand that if you were in his shoes, what would you have done, ”Ebarb said.
Protesters took a stand on Monday to show Darci his support. They said they were also pushing for justice for Livye Lewis and her family.
“I fully understand that in our society and in our government system, anyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, we also have to understand that if we had pushed back a bond when this happened, it was important enough to prevent that person from coming face to face with a mother, the mother of this heinous crime. If we had done this, it would never have happened, ”Gaspard said.
Matthew Edgar’s trial date for the murder of the accused is set for January 24, 2022. He has pleaded not guilty.
If you would like to support Livye Lewis, you can donate to the Livye Lewis Memorial Scholarship at livyelewismemorialscholarship.com .
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