RANDALL COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - Tori Patrick has been serving probation on a charge of luring Dustin Pool to his death in 2003 in a highly publicized case, but now faces prison time and is asking Interim Amarillo Police Chief Ed Drain to reopen the case.
Her attorney, James Wooldridge, sent a letter demanding that on Wednesday. In it, he said Patrick was a key witness in three capital murder cases revolving around Pool's death and burial in cement in a grain elevator in rural Randall County. She made a deal for probation on a charge of kidnapping and got a capital murder charge dropped with Wooldridge representing her.
Wooldridge's letter claims he has evidence Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren violated the rights of Patrick and others in the case in a variety of ways including tampering with witnesses, conspiracy, encouraging lies and official oppression.
In a letter to Drain and Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson, Wooldridge accused Farren of using those entities to patrol and harass Patrick.
"What we're doing now is telling them to leave Ms. Patrick alone, stop the retaliation, stop the harassment, and also at the same time to give information to the Amarillo Police Department that we don't think that investigation was done properly the first time."
Other claims are more dramatic like police using a helicopter to shine lights on the yard of the house Patrick was living in, a man trailing Patrick wearing a Pizza Hut uniform and carrying a pizza box and investigators using cars from Trinity Fellowship Church.
"A review of the entire letter from Mr. Wooldridge would make plain he is in serious need of mental health treatment," Farren said in a comment to NewsChannel 10.
Patrick is appealing a four-year sentence from earlier this year when Farren's office accused her of violating her probation due to drug offenses.
The case against the assailants of Pool said his death resulted from competition between rival local drug rings and that after defendants struck his head then tortured him, he died due to a rag stuffed in his mouth. Wooldridge claims Pool instead died from a blow to the head as a result of a battle between Mexican drug cartels after he served as a police informant.
You can read both letters below.