GRANBURY -- At best, Deborah Ann Malone Wilson had a rocky relationship with her 82-year-old father, George Malone.
Neighbors in the River Run subdivision southeast of Granbury said the two often exchanged curses and obscene gestures as they walked between Malone's property and nearby plots that he and his late wife had deeded to Wilson and her siblings.
Malone had threatened to cut off utilities to the homes of Wilson and her brother, David Malone. He was seeking a protective order to keep them away from him.
They were served with legal notice of their father's request Sept. 25, 2009. Three days later, George Malone was beaten and kicked so severely that he died 10 days later of brain injuries.
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Wilson, 60, is on trial this week in the 355th District Court, accused of murder in her father's death.
On Sept. 17, state District Judge Ralph Walton sentenced David Malone to 99 years in prison after a jury convicted him of murder.
On Tuesday in Wilson's trial, neighbor Tyler Dempsey and his mother, Lisa Johnson, testified that a fight between Wilson and her father escalated when David Malone got involved.
Dempsey said he tried to ignore the situation when he saw Wilson and her father rolling on the ground in the man's garden. But when David Malone began kicking and punching his father in the head as Wilson held him down, Dempsey said, he ran toward them and screamed for the two to break it up.
"I didn't want them to kill George," he testified.
Johnson, a friend of Wilson's, said she called 911 when she saw George Malone pull Wilson to the ground. She said she called 911 again after she saw David Malone kick his father in the head "like he was going to kick a field goal."
Defense attorney Terence Russell, who is trying the case with Paul Hyde, acknowledged that George Malone was killed viciously but said he mistreated and tormented Wilson her entire life. He said Wilson was just protecting herself after her father lunged at her and began beating her.
But Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry, who is trying the case with District Attorney Rob Christian, argued that Wilson scratched and bit her father "like an animal," knowing that even minor wounds could be dangerous because he took blood-thinning drugs.
After nearly severing her father's ear with her teeth, Wilson held him down while her brother beat and kicked him, Berry said.
Russell said David Malone inflicted his father's fatal wounds and then talked Wilson into saying she was responsible. But several emergency medical personnel and sheriff's deputies testified that Wilson bragged about beating her father.
"'I'm not hurt. This is not my blood. I just beat the hell out of my father,'" emergency medical technician Paul McKinney quoted Wilson as saying.
But Wilson also tried to justify her actions, Ellis acknowledged. Martha Deller, 817-390-7857