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April 29, 2005 Texas Observer "Bringing Justice to Hearne"
Change was on Charles Workman's mind, as the affable community activist drove into Columbus Village on a Sunday afternoon this past February.He waved to residents, and the young men standing around greeted him warmly, a few even teasingly punching the 56-year-old's arm.Workman, a coordinator for the Texas Justice Network, a non-profit group advocating criminal justice reform, was attempting to gin up attendance for a March bus ride at $25 a head from Hearne to the state Capitol.
...Workman, a Baptist minister, grew up in Hearne.
"We got a lot of work to do.I've never seen this many young men say 'I want to help to do something,'" he
said."We got to teach our young men, teach them to stop doing things."Workman
reminded a couple of men who said they didn't have the money for the bus trip about an upcoming local hip-hop function focused on education.Later, driving through Hearne, he
offered a sobering assessment.
Only one drug sting defendant ever went to trial, Corvian Workman, stepson of Charles
case ended with a deadlocked jury in early 2001.
understands the dynamic of Hearne-style justice as well as anyone.
new job helping the community has reenergized him.He
has become the point person in a local civil rights crusade in Hearne.
recently organized town hall style meetings on voter education, enlisted clergy for help, and led weekend brainstorming sessions."We've got to get something for the kids to do because they're just idle," he
said."We want to build an infrastructure, and get jobs." At the urging of Workman
and others, Texas lawmakers have come to the hamlet over the last several months.Rep.
For Charles Workman
, it would just be great for the government to put its resources toward helping the community rather than kicking in its doors."There's a lot of a need," Workman
KWTX | Town Hall Meeting On Civil Rights Settlement Set Thursday In Hearne
"This is now a time of reconciliation for the community," says Charles Workman of the Texas Justice Network.
Kevin Aundrell Godfrey, 18, of Hearne has been indicted by the Robertson County Grand Jury for the Capital Murder of Charles Workman, 63.
was allegedly murdered on or around September 10, 2012.
Godfrey, currently detained in Brazos County faces arson charges.
Once the Rangers investigation concluded and paperwork properly filled, the case could move forward.
The case has been under investigation by the Texas Rangers and local authorities since Workman's body was discovered in his home.
Workman was an active member in the Hearne community.
He worked with many non-profit groups as well as the Texas Justice Network, to help reform Texas prisons.
Capital Murder as defined by the Texas Penal Code is punishable by:
a.Imprisonment in the institutional division for life without the possibility of parole, or
If the individual is found guilty and the state does not seek the death penalty:
a.Imprisonment in the institutional division for life without the
possibility of parole
b. However, a certified juvenile is no longer eligible for life without parole.
The DA's office will not announce if they will seek the death penalty in this case, at this time.
Godfrey graduated from Hearne
High School in 2012.
Dennis Phillips - Publisher
Robertson County News
HEARNE -- It's been two days ...
HEARNE -- It's been two days since the body of former Hearne city council member Charles Workman was found dead inside his home.
Those closest to Workman
was a religious man who would give the shirt off his
back to help someone in need, often letting troubled teens live with him.
A short piece of forgotten crime ...
A short piece of forgotten crime scene tape on the corner of the property served as the only physical reminder that the body of former City Councilman Charles Workman had been discovered there two days earlier.
Workman had served as mayor pro tem for the city, president of the Hearne chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and president of the Columbus Village Residents Council.
He was also a member of the Hearne Housing Board, the Airport Board and the Planning and Zoning Board.
Though retired, Workman
had begun working part-time with a youth organization in Bryan, according to his sister, Erma Blair.
A funeral for Workman
has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at the New Elam Baptist Church, located at 509 East Brenken St. in Hearne.
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