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Mystery surrounds disappearance of convicted Wichita Falls woman

Wichita County Courthouse....missing woman convicted here.
Wichita County Courthouse....missing woman convicted here.
Wichita County, Texas

A Wichita Falls attorney wrote in a recent legal document that his client who has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter is missing, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper published today, Saturday, May 24. Elizabeth Duerson, 30, was convicted in December 2012 and was sentenced to three years in prison following a car wreck which occurred in January of 2010.

The accident occurred on Kemp Boulevard in Wichita Falls and resulted in the death of her brother Benton Crow.

The Wichita Falls Police Department said that a missing person report was filed for the woman who reportedly was last seen May 13.

Wichita Falls attorney Dean Sanders expressed concern for his client. He noted in his response to a motion to revoke her appeal bond that she has been suffering from seizures, general disorientation and confusion in recent days.

Following her conviction and sentencing to three years prison time, Duerson was granted a bond which allowed her to remain free while her case was on appeal. However, a condition of her remaining out of custody was that she submit to alcohol testing.

When she allegedly missed several of those required alcohol tests, the Wichita County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to revoke her appeal bond. If a person violates any condition placed on an appeal bond, then that person becomes subject to arrest.

There was no word as to when the hearing would be set on the motion to revoke Ms. Duerson's bond.

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Readers who might know of Ms. Duerson's location may call the Wichita Falls Police Department at 940-761-7792 or the nonemergency line at 940-720-5000.

Sanders argued in his written motion for the court's consideration that his client is possibly a prisoner or in need of medical intervention and should not be considered a fugitive from law enforcement. He is hoping the court will dismiss the motion to revoke her appeal bond.

Appeal bonds are not that unusual in the Texas criminal justice system. They allow a person who has been convicted of an offense to remain free to work at a job and take care of a family while awaiting an appellate court's decision on whether or not their conviction should be affirmed or reversed.

The majority of trials in Wichita Falls courtrooms are appealed to the Second Court of Appeals which sits in Fort Worth, approximately 100 miles southeast of this city which is hugged by the Red River. An appeal bond for a case heard in Wichita Falls allows a defendant to stay out of prison until the Tarrant County court makes its ruling on the all the points of appeal raised by the defense attorney in the case.