Family fights to keep convicted Central Texas killer behind bars

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MEXIA, Texas (KWTX) Carlos Don Stultz, 74, who was convicted of killings in Limestone and Dallas counties, is eligible for parole for between the 26th and 30th time, and the parents of one of his victims is again working to make sure his bid is denied.

(Family photos of Kathy Jones as a child)

Florence and Sonny Jones’ daughter Kathy was murdered on June 3, 1969 in her family’s home off FM 39 in Mexia.

The Mexia High School junior was stabbed repeatedly after going home during her lunch break.

Her body was sexually abused and dumped in a field.

Stultz was also convicted of killing an 11-year-old Grand Prairie girl, Karen Kubat, on August 20, 1968.

He confessed to both murders, but now says he was coerced and is innocent.

But the Jones don’t believe him.

"We have got to keep him in there," said Mrs. Jones. "There's no telling what he might do to the next person, it might be more than just one he kills, ya know he might go berserk."

The family worries the parole board will have a change of heart and set him free, especially since he's claimed to have found God in prison and is growing old.

"(They'll say) 'He's old, he's not gonna do anything else,'" said Mrs. Jones. "But he might."

Stultz was originally sentenced to death for killing Jones, but the sentence was later commuted to life.

"A person that could do what he done, ya know, you can expect 'em to do anything," said Mr. Jones.

Stultz was also sentenced to life for Kubat’s murder and another 50 years on a burglary charge.

The Limestone County District Attorney’s Office is also working to keep Stultz in prison.

The office is urging residents to write protest letters to the parole board.

Letters can be sent via email to victim.svc@tdcj.state.tx.us or by regular mail to:

Ms. Angela McCown, Director
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, TX 78711-3401

Letters should include the offender's name, Carlos Don Stultz, State ID, #00999638, and TDCJ ID, #002233884.

A petition protesting the inmate’s release is available in the County Attorney’s Office for residents to sign.