Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Ron Stovall Story

I really wanted to try and get another blog out soon after the last because I do not necessarily want this blog to be solely about tortured and murdered children.  However, I do want to stay with the current format I believe and make it more about the "story" than about the murderers "case."  Of course it comes down to wording and semantics, and maybe I will change that based on the story or case.


On October 6, 1998 Ron Stovall walked out of his house in the morning while it was still dark to go to work.  He was ambushed by someone in the dark who began shooting at him.  Ron tried to run back into his home and get the door closed.  At this point Ron's wife Angelica was in the area and as Ron fell to the floor she attempted to keep the shooter out, unsuccessfully.  The shooter reached in the door and continued to shoot.  As the shooter left Angelica heard him say "This is for her."  Ron was shot at least eight times and died.


As with all crimes of murder, those closest to the victim are investigated.  Investigators were soon made aware that Ron was in a custody battle for his daughter, with his ex-wife Tina Trexler Stovall.  Tina was soon interviewed and had an alibi.


Reports of the custody are sketchy by my research.  One thing that is agreed is that Ron and Tina divorced when their daughter was 4 but I am unable to tell when that was.  Most reports say that Ron received custody initially and that Tina had very little contact with their daughter.  Soon though it seems that they must have in some way began shared custody and changed it to such in the courts but again Tina's contact was not regular.  Tina's parents lived in Virginia but moved to Florida to be near their granddaughter.  In August of 1998 Ron filed for primary custody of their daughter saying that Tina and her mother, Priscilla "Ann" Trexler were impeding his relationship with his daughter.


It seems that, much like many custody or shared parenting cases, both sides accused the other of saying and doing things to hurt their relationship with the child.  Most accounts say that it was not until  Ann and Jack Trexler moved to Florida things were better.  Of course those same accounts say that Tina did not have a lot of contact with her daughter and that when the Trexler's moved Ann began pushing the relationship.  I am uncertain just what exactly the court proceedings were completely over. It is on record that Ron had planned to move to Montana after he graduated from college and wanted to take his daughter with him so the filing may have actually been to get approval to move with her.  What is certain is that Ann and Jack were helping finance a lawyer for Tina and that the move to Montana was discussed.  This financial help later came into play in a murder trial.


When the murder weapon was found it was led to a woman named Kimberly Miller.  When confronted Kimberly sang like a canary. Through her interrogation it was discovered that the shooter of Ron Stovall was her sometimes boyfriend, Antonio Perez. He had been a known drug user and dealer.  It was also discovered that Kimberly was Ann Trexler's hair dresser and Miller claimed that Ann had discussed with her the murder for hire of Ron.  


Antonio Perez openly admitted he was the shooter and pled guilty to murder and received life in prison.  He testified against Ann Trexler at trial.  At one point he says he knew Ann Trexler was involved but he never met her personally and everything went through Kimberly Miller but later, after the trial tried claiming that Trexler was not involved.  Trexler used this information to attempt to get a new trial in 2006 but it failed. Perez's lawyer stated differently and was quoted in an article after his death. Perez died September 10, 2010 in prison at the age of 50 of natural causes.  


Kimberly Miller pled guilty for her part and received 5 years probation.  She violated her probation and was sentenced to 10 years. She was released from prison in 2009.


Ann Trexler denied any involvement in the murder and claimed she did not hire anyone to kill Ron.  She took her case to trial and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.  


The claim at trial was that Ann Trexler gave Kimberly Miller $10,000 for the murder.  There were withdraws from bank accounts and retirement funds of the Trexlers that equaled this amount.  Both Ann and Jack Trexler claim that these withdraws were to pay a lawyer for Tina in her custody battle with Ron. The lawyer they consulted on this matter agreed this was the amount they had discussed.  It also just so happens to be the amount Miller says Ann gave her to give to the "hit man."  For the record, while investigators believed that Jack Trexler was in on the plan they could not prove anything against him.  He had a gas receipt from another state showing he was not in the area.  Ultimately Ann was convicted based on Miller's story, the money removed from accounts and cell phone activity, especially that night, between her and Miller.  


Ann Trexler maintains her innocence to this day. Those who support her are quick to point out that Perez and Miller both were known to have issues with drugs and that Ann would never have associated with the likes of them.  This is a weak argument.  Upstanding people cannot generally be hired as hit men so if you want one, then it is reasonable to believe that one would look for someone in a lower class.  Those same supporters believe (and it could be true but not sure of the validity) that Miller had once dated Ron Stovall and that she set it up after hearing Ann's complaints but did it on her own without any prompting or payment from Ann and then blamed her.  Off the top of my head I do not recall the excuse given about all the telephone calls between Ann and Miller.


In my opinion there was no question.  It was pretty well documented how involved Ann Trexler was with her granddaughter and with her daughters custody case.  Kimberly Miller had no motive. Even if she did date Ron, that event had happened many years prior.  In the end her granddaughter lost the father she loved, the grandmother she cared for and was left with a mother that by all accounts had to be pushed to be a decent parent. 

19 comments:

  1. ann trexler did not do it, it is easy to see that this was all a set up. Ann was and still to this day is the sweetest person in the world she would not hurt a fly. 10,000 dollars was gone from their account...well there was the proof right there when her lawyer said they had to pay him 10,000 for the custody case and antonio even said that she had nothing to do with it don't you think a dying man would tell the truth so maybe he wouldn't go to hell kim was anns hair dresser so they probably talked about what was going on with the hole custody issue and most likely she told kim she had to pay 10,000 to the lawyer and that's why kim said what she did

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    1. HE WASNT DYING AT THE TIME

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    2. the lawyer said 10,000 was the agreed price; nothing was said about receiving that payment.

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    3. I think the "anonymous" person who is defending Ann Trexler is actually Ann Trexler typing away from prison...

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  2. its not that hard to see if you people would just open your eyes

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  3. Who wrote this story? Nice of you to write up the proceedings and results of the case but it's clear you have no idea beyond court documents and tv specials what these people were like and how and why things went the way they did. Ron getting custody of their daughter from Tina was a product of Ron's mental abuse of Tina continuing even after she had demanded a divorce. Tina was a sweet girl who was abused physically and mentally by Ron to the point that even as she divorced him he threatened and brow beat her that if she didn't give him custody he would allege all kinds of lies against her. Tina wanted to be with here daughter all the time, while Ron's primary interest was hurting Tina by using and lying to the daughter. I know, I was there.

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    1. who are you that you know so much

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    2. You do not have all the facts. Unless you were part of the family you donot know the whole truth. Unless you were there when they got married and was there when their daughter was brought into this world you do not what you ate talking about! I was there to.

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    3. person who cares & believes in the LAWJanuary 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      To the Miss KNOW IT ALL...for 1) if he was such an abusive person..don't think he would have gotten FULL CUSTODY...2) REMEMBER....ANN WAS FOUND GUILTY..so not like anyone is in the INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY stages...SHES GUILTY!! Of course, if YOU WERE THERE TO & have such great things to say about that DISGUSTING MONSTER THAT TOOK....FOREVER MIND YOU, that little girls father from her life, which BTW...God is the ONLY BEING THAT HAS THAT RIGHT..NOT ANN...WHO IS NOTHING BUT A VENDICTIVE, MONSTER...and talk about ABUSIVE...a grandmother(& I use that term loosely in relation to Ann who should NEVER get the privilege of anyone calling her that BLESSED NAME), that's ABUSIVE....TO HER OWN FLESH & BLOOD ...TO TAKE THAT FROM HER....SHAME ON HER & YOU for defending that MURDERER !!
      SHE WILL ANSWER TO GOD & let's hope he has mercy on her when he takes her...not like she gave him or HIS BABY !!
      You're an awful person to say such things about a man who is dead...MURDERED...and DON'T EVER FORGET...HE HAD FULL CUSTODY GIVEN TO HIM BY LAW...unlike Ann & her family. Guess that should explain A LOT...EVEN TO SOMEONE LIKE YOU !!!
      SHAME SHAME SHAME.

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  4. I apologize that I accidently deleted the next comment by an anonymous poster "I do know, I am his sister"

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  5. I am sorry but Ron only had two sisters and you are not one of them

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    1. How do you know when someone posts as 'Anonymous' as you did? I, for one, never trust a person who uses Anonymous instead of using their real name. Give yourself more validity and tell us who you are.

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  6. All that matters is justice has been served a man was brutally murdered despite any reason no one should play god and take a life.

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    1. I totally agree w/ the above comment...that sums it up.

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  7. @anonymous August 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM,

    Your comment "I know I was there" must make you either Ron's ex-wife Tina or Jack Trexler, Tina's father. Either way, what a disgusting excuse for human beings both of you are. The courts didn't consistently rule against the Trexler family beginning with the child custody case between Ron Stovall and Tina Trexler Stovall, and on through the murder-for-hire trial of Priscilla "Ann" Trexler, and most recently against Priscilla again over her appeal for a new trial for bogus reasons. Panama City law enforcement and the citizens of Panama city took this case VERY seriously. The chances that you are telling the truth verses the legal system getting it wrong time after time after time are about the same as two unrelated people sharing the same DNA. THREE STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT. You had your days in court over the course of 15 years and still got off far, far too easily because Tina got the custody she wanted but didn't deserve, Jack Trexler should be in prison, and perhaps Tina should be as well. And after all this time, now you're even trying to murder Ron Stovall's memory. May God have pity on all your souls because you're going to need it.

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    1. person who cares & believes in the LAWJanuary 19, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      AMEN & also to the rescuemom as well.
      Thank God I'm not the only one that feels this way. And you got it right on...THE LEGAL SYSTEM 110% GOT IT RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD from the custody to the MURDER...
      You people need to be locked up together because w those belief systems you have that are SO OUT OF WHACK...the people around you aren't safe.
      SHAME ON YOU ALL.

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  8. wow...I saw the story last night w/Paula Zahn...such a sad story that sounds all too familiar ...there are so many stories similar to this one...the only difference is the names and some of the circumstances...
    When are people going to realize...if you kill someone...or in this case, pay another person to do it for you...your gonna get caught.
    I guarantee you when the person you paid gets caught...they're gonna start talking and pass the buck to whoever paid them to do it. its not really rocket science.

    Children don't ask to be brought into this world...but they DO deserve to have BOTH parents in their life...
    I feel sorry for his kids...I just bet they would give anything to have their daddy back..
    If it were me, I would despise each & every person responsible for my
    dad (or mom) not being in my life...personally, it would be something I could
    never get over...I bet his kids/wife/family feel the exact same way...and that's a huge thing for a kid to have to deal with...

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  9. Did they ever try to find out if the daughter Tina was in on it and knew what her mother was doing?

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  10. Wow... The vitriol and hate spewed out of the minds of those not even connected to this case deserve their own page on this website. Being highly passionate about something doesn't include a license to behave like a pubescent child. Make an argument in a calm, coherent, rational manner and you have a much greater chance of being listened to. Doing it in a foot-stomping, hold-your-breath, tantrum-like manner just leads to being thought of as ignorant and irrational.

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