Families of murdered Baytown teens still reeling

April 15, 2010 4:31:06 PM PDT
The suspect arrested in the murders of two teenage girls from Baytown made an appearance in court Thursday. Now the victim's family is dealing with the fact that they know the man who was the ex-boyfriend of the mother of one of the teens. On Thursday afternoon, the families of the two girls arranged for a funeral service. Ashley Johnson, 16, and Chelsy Lang, 16, were best friends and first cousins and the families want them to have a single service.

The man charged with capital murder in their deaths, Joseph Jean, 37, was arraigned on Thursday morning. Police say he confessed to burning the house of his ex-girlfriend Victoria Wiley, who is Chelsy's mother. According to the affidavit, the girls surprised him and he admitted to hitting Chelsy with a bat, but blacked out after that.

Now the girl's family is having to confront the reality that they know the man accused of killing the girls.

"I'm going to go right to the point concerning the young man. As far as the family is concerned, wholeheartedly they feel and pray for him as well. We know things happen, but right now it's in God's hands," said Charlies Mixon, uncle of one of the victims.

Mixon also said that as far as the justice system was concerned, they would leave it to the courts to decide.

Jean was denied parole last year. He had been in prison on a charge of harassment after hitting Wiley, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of Chelsy. Instead he received discretionary release and was released early. He is now in jail on a capital murder charge.

The girls' funeral service will be held on Tuesday. An account has been set up at Bank of America by Victoria Wiley's employer for public donations for the family.


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