Yet another twist in the case involving a Galveston County judge who was indicted on criminal charges last week. You know the story the ex-fiance' told about the judge wanting to kill his ex-wife and kidnap his children and live with them in New Zealand? Well, was it just that, a story? Tara Compton testified Wednesday saying Dupuy had started moving forward with making the plan a reality. She says he bought a gun with a silencer, purchased bars of silver to cash in later, sent her a picture of a house in New Zealand, said he knew someone to buy fake passports from and she says he discussed staging a boating accident on Christmas vacation so they could then disappear to New Zealand and she says the plan was to tell his kids their mom was killed in a car crash.
This emergency custody hearing where all of this testimony is taking place was called after these allegations surfaced. Compton had also said she was afraid of what Dupuy might do to her. Well, today, two days after giving the other testimony, Compton's story wasn't exactly the same. She's now telling the court there was no plan to kill Dupuy's ex-wife and no plot to take the kids out of the country.
Instead, Compton told the court Dupuy was just frustrated and stressed and it was a simple conversation, not anything he planned to carryout. "He said IF he was going to do it (kill his ex-wife) that's how he said he would do it by going to his ex-wife's door wearing a ski mask or get a low-life to do it and have an airtight alibi. He didn't say he would do it," said Compton on the stand.
At times today Compton seemed hostile toward Dupuy's ex-wife's attorney and calm and cooperative with Dupuy's attorney. Just two days ago her demeanor was just the opposite. When the ex-wife's attorney asked Compton the reason for her change in testimony Compton said, "I figured I should just tell the truth and stop embellishing. I've been threatened and persuaded by so many people to lean this way or say this and my daughter is being held over my head by everyone". You see Compton is also in a custody battle for her 9 year old daughter with another man. Compton met Dupuy in December after emailing him and asking him for legal advice to get her daughter back.
Compton was reminded on the stand today of the text messages she turned over to the Texas Attorney General's Office where she and Dupuy were allegedly talking about the move to New Zealand and how "NZ would happen (in) 21 months" according to one of the texts.
"Obviously there's only one truth. She (Compton) and the judge (Dupuy) are the only ones who know that exact truth. My guess is when she first came forward and started talking was probably more truthful than after she sat back and had people contact her, tell her to change her story," says lawyer Greg Hughes. Hughes is one of the Galveston County attorney's who recently filed a petition to have Dupuy removed from the bench.
In another odd twist attorney, Michael Aldous, who at the beginning of the hearing said he was representing Compton was suddenly sworn in as a witness and called to the stand to testify after the ex-wife's attorney, in open court, accused Aldous of feeding Compton's confidential information to the other side.
"That's one of the more incredible stories I've heard come out of this case. I can't imagine a lawyer who had a confidential communication with a client turned around and giving that information to someone else to be used against her. If that happened that may have something to do with why she's trying to shade her story today. She could be very frightened if even her own attorney is back stabbing her," says Hughes.
I haven't been able to talk with Aldous about those claims because the witnesses are under a gag order. Some in the courtroom were wondering if Compton's change in testimony could end in perjury charges. Hughes says he does not believe so. He says in order for someone to commit perjury they have to intentionally lie and not simply discount a claim or put a different spin it.