She's considered the star witness in a case against the Galveston County judge indicted last week but Tara Compton pleaded the fifth on the witness stand. Now the judge's former fiance' is being called back to court to testify. Compton was expected to drop a bombshell Friday and say Judge Chris Dupuy told her he was planning to kill his ex-wife, then take their kids out of the country. Instead, Compton invoked her Fifth Amendment right and didn't say a word. She says she's now being summoned again to take the witness stand.
So if Dupuy told his former fiance something so awful why won't she say it on the stand? "The talk is that I've lied and that's why I'm pleading the fifth and the Attorney General knows everything I turned over to him is the truth," says Compton. According to Compton's affidavit Dupuy even bought a gun with a silencer and texted a picture of the gun to her. Compton says she backed out of testifying because she believes it will hurt her chances of re-gaining custody of her daughter. "She's all I have and I'm telling the truth," Compton explains.
Judge Dupuy was suspended last week after being indicted, arrested and charged with felony retaliation, official oppression and misuse of office. Compton claims the same illegal activity her former fiancé', Judge Dupuy, is now accused of is actually widespread. According to Compton she only lost custody of her daughter nine years ago because of what she calls corruption in Galveston County family courts. "It is not whether you're guilty or innocent, it doesn't matter. It's who you know and how much money you have," says Compton.
Compton says she feels torn. She says she wants to testify in this emergency custody hearing to tell the truth, she says, for Dupuy's ex-wife. "I hope she's able to keep her kids because she's been put through what I've been put through. I feel for her and my heart breaks for her". However, Compton says she is still planning not to say a word when called to the stand a second time. "I don't know what more they want from me. I'm still going to stand my ground and plead the fifth. I'm afraid of what they're going to try to use against me," says Compton.
Compton says she's also afraid of what will happen to her for speaking out about the alleged corruption. "After doing all this and coming forward I'll be lucky if I don't end up either disappeared or commit supposed suicide or a car accident. The media is the only thing I have. If it gets enough attention maybe someone will actually do something about the corruption," Compton explains.
Compton says she hopes other parents who believe they've had their children wrongfully taken away in Galveston County will come forward, stand together and she says maybe the state will investigate.
The emergency custody hearing between Judge Dupuy and his ex-wife will continue tomorrow morning. Dupuy is out on bond in his criminal case. There's also a civil case pending against Dupuy where a group of attorneys are trying to have him removed from office. Dupuy's attorney George Parnham has said Dupuy isn't guilty and the truth will come out in the end.