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In his opening statement to jurors, Guadalupe County District Attorney W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall summarized Blea's meetings with Rivas and undercover officer John Edward Flores.
referred to the Wells Fargo check number 562 - the check Blea allegedly postdated to her
husband's birthday - as "her
layaway on Paul."
While being questioned by Guadalupe County District Attorney W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall, the defendant admitted to having pornographic magazines in his home at one time but said he "got rid of them immediately" when one of his daughters discovered them.
The man accused of having sexual intercourse with his
daughters said he
once showed the younger of the two girls a lingerie catalog that had arrived in the mail, and that he
did so to see what his
daughter thought of a pair of stockings, saying the young girl took an interest in fashion at the time.
Testimony by the defendant contrasted sharply with that of his
daughters, both of whom took the witness stand on the trial's second day.
The younger daughter told jurors she
still loves her
father despite the alleged abuse, which she
said led her
to attempted suicide.She
downplayed accusations that she
sister had become rebellious against their father's authority and described disagreements between her
and the defendant as "usual father-daughter arguments."
Unaware of the alleged assaults against her
older sister, the girl said she
was concerned that her
father had gotten her pregnant last year when she
was 14, shortly before a classmate she
confided in told a high school guidance counselor, triggering an investigation.Despite her
feelings for her
father and his
alleged instruction to refrain from telling anyone about incidents of sexual abuse, the girl said assaults became a routine she
could no longer endure.
"I knew that I didn't like it and I didn't want it to happen again," the younger of the two sisters testified.
The elder sister said her
father began abusing her
was in the sixth grade and that she
had participated in "over 100" sexual acts since 1998.Abuse included fondling, oral sex, sexual intercourse and, on one occasion, an incident in which her
father allegedly sodomized her
2011-2012 Exemplary Judicial ...
2011-2012 Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award: Hon. W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall
Judge Kirkendall currently serves on the 2nd 25th District Court and has over 30 years of experience in law.
Prior to taking the bench, he had a private practice in Seguin, TX, served as District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District from 1984 to 2004, and as a Briefing Attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals.
In 1996, Judge Kirkendall
was named Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas
won the John Ben Sheppard Political Courage Award in 1993.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Judge Kirkendall will not seek re-election | The Gonzales Cannon
Judge Kirkendall will not seek re-election
Submitted by Gonzales1 on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 9:53am
Judge W.C. (Bud) Kirkendall announced that he
will not be seeking re-election to a fourth term as district judge.
"I am announcing this early so the political process can begin, and those interested in running for this position will have time to prepare", Kirkendall
"I will have been in public office for over 32 years at the end of this term", Kirkendall
"It is time to let someone else have a chance.
I certainly do not regard this as a retirement; I will simply be doing something different."
"I am extremely grateful to the people of this district for giving me the chance to serve in these two offices."
has served as the judge of the 2nd 25th Judicial District, comprised of Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca and Colorado Counties since January 1, 2005, when he
succeeded Judge Gus Strauss.
Prior to that Judge Kirkendall served as the district attorney for the same district.
was appointed to that vacancy in June 1984 and elected five times.
Judge Kirkendall graduated from Iowa State University and the University of Texas School of Law.
After graduation he
clerked for a year for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
He began law in Seguin in 1975 with the law firm of Threlkeld & Saegert which ultimately became Kirkendall, Frost & Allen.
During his time in office, Judge Kirkendall served as president and chairman of the board of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
was named the Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas
received the Political Courage Award from the Jon Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Forum
The Texas Center for the Judiciary
named him the Exemplary Judicial
Faculty Award winner in 2012.
He has been a frequent speaker for the judicial education and has served on numerous committees for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the Texas Center for the Judiciary.
In 2014 he
ran unsuccessfully for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Kirkendall won't seek sixth term
...SEGUIN - Guadalupe County District Attorney W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2004 for a sixth term.Kirkendall, 54, was first elected in June 1984 to serve as the 25th Judicial District's DA.
has personally tried more than 300 criminal cases, while his
office has handled more than 20,000 case submissions.
"I have been privileged and am grateful to be elected district attorney five times by the voters of the 25th District," Kirkendall
said."Prosecution is a calling that I have enjoyed very much."Kirkendall has been rumored to be interested in running for the District Judges seat currently occupied by District Judge Gus Strauss of Hallettsville, but those rumors have not been confirmed.
were to announce his
intention to run for District Judge, by state law he
would have to resign as DA.
"This is certainly the most rewarding thing that I have done in law," Kirkendall
said."I have always tried to remember that no office belongs to the incumbent, it belongs to the people.It's time for the people to select somebody else and I am ready for new challenges."Kirkendall, who also has a private law practice in Seguin, said he has not made any decision on his political future, but said he intends to remain the district attorney until his term expires Dec. 31, 2004.
"My mother always told me that everybody needs to be repotted from time to time, and I'm just going to be repotted," Kirkendall
was making his
announcement now to allow interested candidates to begin organizing their campaigns.
has no personal preference in the person who succeeds him.He
is sure the voters will pick the right person for the job.