Watch­ing Pow­ell die

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 20 ar­ti­cle “Silent stares in death cham­ber chal­lenge eyes, ears of re­porter.”

I am dis­turbed by the cov­er­age of David Lee Pow­ell’s fi­nal mo­ments, as hav­ing been lock­ing eyes with the vic­tim’s fam­ily. The po­lice re­porter, Tony Plo­het­ski, wit­nessed the ex­e­cu­tion on the vic­tim’s fam­ily’s side, and his re­port­ing was clearly bi­ased in that di­rec­tion.

I was a wit­ness on the Pow­ell side, and no re­porter asked any of us for a com­ment. David was not lock­ing eyes with any­one. He was so near-sighted as to be nearly blind with­out his glasses, which he ob­vi­ously was not wear­ing as they killed him.

Im­ply­ing that Pow­ell went to his death me­nac­ing the poor griev­ing Ablanedo fam­ily, while not rep­re­sent­ing any­one else’s point of view, is foul. Pow­ell showed his re­morse, and it was sin­cere. His blind eyes searched for his loved ones on our side of the wit­ness par­ti­tion as he drew his last breath. saLLy norveLL


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