I-Team: Should You Be Told When A Criminal On Probation Or Parole Moves Near You?
DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Nearly two months after his mother’s murder, Trent McCray finally got the news he’d been waiting for: an arrest.
McCray says, “He took something real precious from me. Money can’t buy it, and only God can create it.”
Michael Marble is charged with Capital Murder.
Police say he used shoestrings to strangle Roberta Moore inside her Pleasant Grove apartment.
Detectives say they discovered Moore’s TV and gold emerald ring in Marble’s apartment.
During a jailhouse interview with CBS 11 last month, Marble strongly denied he killed Moore.
He told CBS 11’s Jack Fink, “Of course I didn’t. Of course I didn’t.”
Jack: “Did you have anything to do with her murder?”
Marble: “No, I did not.”
Both Marble and Moore lived in the Quail Hollow Apartments on Scyene Road. And that makes Moore’s family angry.
Mccray says, “If he wasn’t over there, she would still be living today.”
State records show Marble has a criminal history dating back to the 1980’s. His rap sheet includes third degree robbery, multiple burglaries, an escape attempt and evading arrest.
He was released on parole in 2010 after serving 23 years in prison. Marble was then enrolled in a City of Dallas program called Project Reconnect.
Suanne Durham manages homeless assistance and offender reentry programs for the City of Dallas.
She says project reconnect helps those on parole and probation who qualify by subsidizing their monthly rent among other things.
“Helping them reintegrate back into the community and keeping them out of shelters and from becoming chronically homeless and going back through the revolving doors.”
But the Quail Hollow Apartment Complex doesn’t notify other residents that those on parole or probation live there.
McCray says his mother had no idea someone from the Project Reconnect program was a neighbor.
“You should tell the person that, to let them have the option to want to stay there or not.”
Most complexes don’t allow felons to live on their property –and those that do — aren’t required by law to notify residents.
But Kathy Carlton of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas says in this case, “I would think if an apartment is partnering with a city or another governmental entity and they are in a specific program, a rehabilitation program, that yes, it would be very wise to notify residents around them, that this is what they’re participating in.”
Carlton says that way, residents can be extra cautious and alert to any potential problems.
The property manager for Quail Hollow Apartments says while they don’t notify residents about offenders living in the complex, he says he’s open to re-considering that.
Experts say before you sign a lease, best thing to do is ask the apartment complex’s managers if they accept felons.
Moore’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Quail Hollow Apartments. A property manager denies any wrongdoing.
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