Weatherford Democrat

Top News

November 9, 2012

Homicide victim’s family sues landlord

PARKER COUNTY — The family of Linda Surginer Preston, who died in her home on Oct. 12 after her neck was brutally stabbed and slashed, filed a lawsuit Thursday against her landlords, accusing them of irresponsibly sending the capital murder suspect - a known violent parolee - to Preston’s home resulting in her death.

Attorney Paul Previte, who worked with Preston in the past, is representing Preston’s husband, Patrick Preston, and her two children, Brian and Kristi Loggins, in the lawsuit.

They are suing Juan and Anita Trejo - Preston’s landlords and the parents of 28-year-old Hector Trejo, who is accused of killing Preston after she refused to let him use her car that day.  

“Despite their knowledge and awareness of Hector Trejo’s propensity to violent criminal behavior, defendants sent him alone and without supervision of any kind to work on the premises where Linda Preston was alone and particularly vulnerable due to extremely poor health, a condition of which defendants were also aware,” the petition states.

The Trejos also made no effort to protect or warn Linda Preston, Previte said.

Voicemail messages left for the Trejos were not returned by deadline Thursday afternoon.  

Hector Trejo had been at the Prestons’ home working unsupervised on a construction project for several days when the attack occurred, according to Previte.

Patrick Preston found his wife’s body in living room late in the afternoon of Oct. 12 after several family members became concerned when they couldn’t reach her that day.

“They are angry that more information was not given to them about how dangerous Hector was,” Previte said of the family.

Hector Trejo was convicted in May 2010 of a September 2008 robbery where he and two other men pistol-whipped a man during a home invasion and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Trejo was released on parole on Sept. 4 on special conditions that included he have the maximum level of supervision and undergo drug and alcohol testing, according to Jason Clark, spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Trejo also has a number of other convictions going back to 2003 that include assault causing bodily injury to a family member, burglary, theft and drug offenses.   

Knowing all that about their son, they sent him over there anyway without thought for Preston’s safety, Previte said.

“Had Juan gone over there and supervised the work, we might not be talking,” Previte said.

Previte said they also believe that Hector Trejo gained Preston’s trust to a certain extent and, had she known his background, she might have had her guard up.  

Though under ordinary circumstances they would never blame a parent for their child’s actions, Previte said it is like any other employer/employee relationship.

If an employer puts a known drunk driver behind the wheel and the person has a wreck, the employer can be held responsible, according to Previte.

“Had anyone shown the slightest concern for her well-being, she’d be alive today,” Previte said.

“It’s too late for Linda,” Previte said, adding that he hopes other employers or property owners become more aware so it doesn’t happen again.

“It’s personal to me, as well,” Previte said of Linda Preston’s death.

He described her as someone who would give the shirt off her back and was no threat to Trejo at all.

“She was a very kind lady in very bad health,” Previte said. “It’s completely senseless and wrong what happened to her, which goes without saying.”

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0420 loc wumo.jpg WuMo comic strip coming to the WD

    Beginning May 1, the Weatherford Democrat will introduce a new comic strip – WuMo.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • David May named Mineral Wells Index general manager-editor

    Weatherford Democrat Editor David May has been named general manager-editor for the Mineral Wells Index.

    April 18, 2014

  • Aledo City Council Place 2 Candidates.jpg Q&A: Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 2 on Aledo City Council.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • USAF photo.jpg Heroes riding for heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    Not much is known about this Joseph’s life. The one thing I know for sure is that he was a very brave man.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: He is risen!

    “He has risen; The Lord has risen indeed!” (Luke 24:6, 34)

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Little league makes pitch to city for lower user fees

    Weatherford Little League officials have asked the city to lower user fees to the league.

    April 17, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results