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.