A Llano County jury of seven women and five men found Karra Trichele Allen guilty of murdering her husband, Brian Dean Allen, at their home in Bertram, on July 1, 2013. The decision was rendered Tuesday, June 2.
Judge Allan Garrett presided over the trial in which District Attorney Sonny McAfee and Assistant District Attorney Peter Keim presented the State's case. Defense Attorney Eddie Shell represented Karra Trichele Allen, assisted by lawyers Bobbie Shell and Kirby Crow. Keim was pleased with the verdict and sentence.
"Although a just sentence can never repair the harm done by this defendant, at least we can know that she will not be able to harm anyone else," Keim said.
"The jury paid very close attention to the evidence, which often contained some brutal facts," McAfee observed. "They sent a strong message to this defendant and to the community that we won't tolerate violent crime and we'll hold those who commit violence accountable for their actions."
Testimony in the trial showed the defendant had been drinking throughout the afternoon on the day she shot her husband, and had also been sending text messages to Brian Allen and her friends. In her texts she told friends that she wanted to "kill Brian," "feed him to hogs" and "laugh all the way to the bank." She texted Brian that she hoped he would crash and die before he got home.
Prior to his murder, Brian Allen, who owned and operated his own metalworking business, was visiting one of his employees who lived in a trailer on his property. That employee testified that Brian told him he wanted to get a divorce and was willing to give his wife, the defendant, 50 percent of the business. Brian Allen went back to the house at approximately 10 p.m., and the defendant called 911 around 10:25 p.m. telling the dispatcher she had shot her husband.
There were two calls from the defendant to 911 which were both played for the jury. The first was made before she realized she had connected with the 911 dispatcher. In that recording the defendant was heard telling the victim he was a piece of excrement and that he should "die knowing that." The defendant then disconnected the call and recalled 911, telling the dispatcher she had shot her husband.