Former Houston firefighter Barry Crawford was in court for a probation hearing.
Crawford was convicted of murder after shooting a wrecker driver in 1998. Steven Ray Hardin was trying to tow Crawford's vehicle when he was gunned down.
A jury gave Crawford probation and 1,000 hours of community service, but the Hardin family says he’s been skirting those orders and they're furious.
A judge reimposed 400 hours of community service and ordered Crawford to give up his tax stimulus check to help pay restitution.
But the family did not get an apology. They say there’s never been one.
“You could at least say ‘your sorry’ to his sister, his mother,” said one courtroom observer. “What kind of man are you Crawford? You’re a coward, that’s what you are, a murdering coward.”
“This is his sister. You didn’t even apologize to her. If I could get to you ... " said another woman.
“It hurts that he can walk the streets,” said the victim’s sister, Tonya Hardin.
“My brother is not here and he’s free. It is not right. Probation for murder is not right. It never will be right,” she said.
Under Crawford’s probation requirements, he’s supposed to carry a picture of the man he killed in his wallet. He is also required to carry a sign, five times a year, that says “ I murdered a citizen in Humble."
The judge put Crawford on notice that he will go to jail if he does not complete his community service.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Former TX Firefighter Convicted of Killing a Tow Truck Driver Faces Anger and Tears
Below is the story from KHOU Channel 11. To see the video, click here. Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of Steven Ray Hardin.
Posted by Cyndi Kight, Associate Editor of Towing & Recovery Footnotes at 4:54 PM