CONNIE SWINNEY • THE PICAYUNE
BURNET — A district judge decreased the bond amount by $100,000 for a Bertram woman facing a murder charge in the death of her husband during a court hearing Aug. 7.
An attorney representing 42-year-old Karra Trichele Allen said the bond reduction will help his client get out of jail and seek resources for “battered women.”
According to court records, the woman claimed she shot her husband, 38-year-old Brian Dean Allen, in self-defense about 10:30 p.m. July 1 at their residence in the 1400 block of CR 320, located near Bertram.
The couple owned and operated Metalworkz of Bertram. Brian Allen was the son of former Burnet County Chief Deputy Rick Allen.
Defense attorney Eddie Shell said he wanted his client’s bond reduced from $500,000 to $300,000 to get her out of jail and connect her with counseling resources.
The judge agreed to set the new surety bond at $400,000.
“She was in an abusive relationship. She just witnessed the death of her husband,” Shell said. “She’s probably going to live in some sort of assistance house that offers programs for battered women, for counseling.”
A person typically pays 10 percent of a bond amount — $40,000 in this case — to be eligible for release from the county jail while awaiting court proceedings.
Shell said the prosecution argued his client was a “flight risk” because of a past record involving a drug charge and theft charge.
According to excerpts of the 9-1-1 tape, the woman told the dispatcher that her husband produced a gun, she took it away and shot him in the back with it.
Authorities said they arrived at the home and found Brian Allen dead inside the house from at least one gunshot wound.
Court records revealed authorities collected phone text messages as evidence, including an entry in which investigators believe the woman threatened to shoot and “dismember” her husband and “feed him” to hogs.
“Who hasn’t said horrible things about their spouse,” Shell said. “Couple that with an abusive relationship.”
Shell said, if the case goes to trial, he will present evidence his client was physically abused by her husband on the side of the roadway in McLennan County, at a tavern in Bertram and at a family member’s home.
“It was abusive, and it was abusive towards her. It can be documented,” he said. “There’s a lot of people on her side that have witnessed the abuse in her household before this incident took place.”
Results of an autopsy from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office are pending. The case is expected to go before the grand jury. Calls to the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney were not returned by evening time.