Justice for Laura
China Spring – The 1000 block of Bosque Ridge Road winds north off Highway 6 through rolling hills and shady dalles, an attractive suburb of luxury homes situated on fenced lots at the end of winding drives accessed through security gates. During the week leading to the long Fourth of July holiday, the fashionable home of petroleum executive Laura Patschke turned into a private hell as her ex-boyfriend, a man who had menaced her over a period of months following at least one attack of dating violence, threatened, stalked and harassed her through text messages and phone calls. McLennan County Deputies arrested James Brossett for the offense of harrassment on June 30. He was able to bond out of jail the same day. Between that date and July 2, he sent her more than 200 electronic messages in which he bluntly stated he was on his way to her home – an uninvited guest terrorizing a single-parent family of a busy mother and her three teenaged children. There was little doubt of his violent intentions. In fear for their lives, the family left home about 10:30 p.m. on July 1, returning just before noon the next day. A deputy reached Brossett by phone at 10:30 that morning. He admitted he had been sending text messages to Ms. Patschke. That prompted the lawman to seek an arrest warrant for the third degree felony of stalking. Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley signed the warrant on July 2, a document that was never served until July 7, the day after James Brossett went to the Patschke home late at night on July 6, reportedly parked his vehicle in a remote location by a hiking trail, entered the property by stealth, broke and entered a rear door, argued with the woman in a loud voice, then shone a flashlight in the eyes of a shot who came running, armed with a firearm, and shot him in the right arm. One can only imagine the horror the boy felt as he fled for his life, suffering the shock of a non-life-threatening injury by gunshot, listening to the shotgun blasts as Brossett murdered his mother with multiple blasts of 000 Buckshot to her torso which he fired from a 12 gauge. Court papers do not make it clear if the gun belonged to him, or if it was the one with which her son armed himself in an effort to protect his mother. What is known is that Brossett had previously served prison time for methamphetamine possession. He had finished his parole term, and had over a period of months plotted the violent events of the night of July 6, signaling his intentions and his escalation of violent threats at every turn through his incessant cell phone communications with the terrorized woman. None of this was a secret to court officials or law men. According to Sheriff Parnell McNamara, “We were looking hard for him.” A deputy had advised Ms. Patschke to go “some place safe,” McNamara told a local broadcast journalist in an exclusive interview given after her brutal murder. When members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service hunted Brossett down in a bedroom community of Ft. Worth at Burleson, Texas in Johnson County, they were able to locate him by tracking his cell phone. Once apprehended and safe in jail at Waco, they served the stalking warrant, and Jail Magistrate Virgil Bain charged him with that offense, setting his bail at $25,000 and at $20,000 for violation of a protective order. He is charged with capital murder because he committed burglary of an occupied dwelling place to attrack and kill his victim, and with attempted capital murder in the shotgun blast he used to repel her protector, her 18-year-old son, Trevor. Bain set bail at $500,000 for that offense. No bond is set for the capital murder of Laura Patschke, a hard-working executive of an oil company who paid with her life because she could find no safe place to spend the long holiday of Fourth of July weekend, 2015, other than her home in a fashionable rural setting near Waco, Texas, also known as Six Shooter Junction. Nowhere in the court documents released to the public is there any mention of conditions of bond on his previous offenses that would require electronic monitoring to enforce protective orders and injunctions to leave Ms. Patschke and her children alone to enjoy their home in peace. CURRENTY AS OF OCTOBER 6th 2015 Brossets defense attorney has asked that his client have a bond set at 50,000 so that he can be released. This man has had multiple run ins with LEO and does not deserve to be out on the streets. Please read the article do your research on this story and let's get this petition rolling to give to 54th Court Judge Matt Johnson and McLennan County DA to keep this cold blooded murderer behind bars.