The charges against the suspect in a 1999 murder have been dropped. According to court documents, Judge Underwood dismissed murder charges against Tony Medford on Monday.
He was accused of killing Amanda Gschwend,19. She was brutally murdered and left in a field near Olive and East Municipal Drive back in 1999. Medford spent 15 months in jail and got out when his bond was reduced to $10,000.
Medford's attorney Jeff Nicholson says his client was arrested for her murder in May of 2005 after his cousins gave a tip to Crime Line to collect the reward..
"…and said [Medford] was blabbing at a bar that he had done this, which is not true," Nicholson said.
Lubbock District Attorney Matt Powell said he wanted to reinvestigate the case before a date was set for trial. Now, 12 years later, Medford can clear his name.
Nicholson has said from the beginning that his client never knew Gschwend. Nicholson says Medford is innocent and DNA will prove it. Nicholson says Medford took a polygraph with the Sheriff's department and passed.
Gschwend's mother, Tina White, couldn't believe the charges were dropped. She is heartbroken not knowing who killed her daughter.
"I want to know who took her life. I miss her every day," White said.
Every year on July 1, Gschwend's anniversary, she lights a candle at the crosses sitting in front of her daughter's bedroom. White says it's particularly difficult during holidays.
"I miss her being here at Christmas, wrapping empty boxes because we didn't have presents and we would laugh," White said.
With the dismissal of charges, the case remains unsolved. White wants Gschwend to have justice and has a message for her daughter's killer.
"Please turn yourself in, let me have some closure," White said.
Nicholson said Medford can file a civil suit for wrongful imprisonment, but is not sure he will.
If you have any information on this 1999 murder, police ask you to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.
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