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Georgetown husband facing murder charge after investigation into wife's disappearance

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A Georgetown man is facing a murder charge after an investigation into his wife’s disappearance this past February.

At last check, Travis Hall is being held in jail on a $ 1 million bond.

His wife, Julie Hall, reportedly disappeared Feb. 19. She was last seen at her apartment and didn’t report for work the following Monday. She was a Hutto Independent School District special education aide.

KXAN has reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to see if Hall’s murder charge is connected to Julie’s disappearance.

According to a previous arrest affidavit, Hall was caught lying about where she and he were and what he did in the days leading up to and after she was reportedly missing.

Hall lied about Julie’s whereabouts to his children and police, the affidavit says, saying she went to visit her sister the day she disappeared. Her sister told investigators there were no such plans and Julie didn’t visit her. He also told police he had gone to Houston on Feb. 20 for a plumbing job, but later admitted to police he had been unfaithful and used a debit card in Julie’s name while in Houston after having dinner with the woman he admitted to having an affair with, the affidavit says.

Hall said he deleted text messages from his phone that detailed the affair and used Julie’s phone to send text messages and lie about her status to other family members, according to the affidavit.

The Texas Rangers found a confession letter in the couple’s apartment days after Julie’s disappearance, which read, “I’m sorry! I killed your mother in her sleep.” The letter was signed, “Dad.”

That letter, which led to a search warrant, also led to the discovery of blood spatters in the bedroom and evidence of a cleaning agent used on the floor.

Hall’s previous charges included tampering with evidence.

Author: Chelsea Moreno
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Northbound I-35 closed at Highway 29 in Georgetown after 18-wheelers crash

Northbound I-35 closed at Highway 29

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — All northbound lanes of Interstate 35 have reopened Thursday afternoon in Georgetown just north of Highway 29, officials say. Two 18-wheelers crashed there overnight Thursday morning, littering the highway with soda, which one of the trucks was carrying.

The crash shut down all northbound main lanes just before 2 a.m., and the closures lasted through the morning commute, and also caused onlooker delays in southbound traffic.

According to Georgetown police, one of the drivers had to be freed from their vehicle and was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The other driver was uninjured.

As mentioned, one of the 18-wheelers was carrying a load of Coke soft drinks and it spilled onto the road. GPD said TxDOT is on the scene cleaning up “a big mess.”

Two 18-wheelers crashed on I-35 near Highway 29 in Georgetown and the northbound lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m., TxDOT says. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Two 18-wheelers crashed on I-35 near Highway 29 in Georgetown and the northbound lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m., TxDOT says. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Two 18-wheelers crashed on I-35 near Highway 29 in Georgetown and the northbound lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m., TxDOT says. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Two 18-wheelers crashed on I-35 near Highway 29 in Georgetown and the northbound lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m., TxDOT says. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Two 18-wheelers crashed on I-35 near Highway 29 in Georgetown and the northbound lanes will be closed until at least 9 a.m., TxDOT says. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

This Post originally appeared KXAN AUSTIN

Georgetown ISD family considers other districts after daughter's 'disturbing' class assignment on slavery

Author Jennifer Sanders
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — It was a call Martine and Amos Keith never thought they would get from their fifth-grade daughter about a class assignment.

She’s a student at Carver Elementary School in the Georgetown Independent School District, and during one of her remote-learning courses she received this assignment: “Record a speech from the viewpoint of a Southerner explaining why slavery is necessary.”

Picture of a computer screen showing the Georgetown ISD assignment, which reads, "Record a speech from the viewpoint of a Southerner explaining why slavery is necessary." (Courtesy: Martine Keith)
Picture of a computer screen showing the Georgetown ISD assignment, which reads, “Record a speech from the viewpoint of a Southerner explaining why slavery is necessary.” (Courtesy: Martine Keith)

“When I pulled out the assignment, I couldn’t believe my eyes, what I was reading, it was very disturbing, especially in the time we are in now,” said her mom, Martine.

The Keiths said the teacher told them their daughter had a choice whether to do the assignment, and she (the teacher) was just teaching the lessons provided by the district.

The next day, the Keiths pulled their daughter out of that class.

“I was informed that this particular bonus assignment has been removed from the curriculum, but how long has it been going on?” asked Martine. 

After KXAN asked several questions about the assignment and its origin, Georgetown ISD sent the following statement.

“Georgetown ISD is aware of this and deeply regrets the pain this may have caused for students and their families as a result. This is not reflective of Georgetown ISD or our beliefs.

We believe in equity for all learners, which includes developing and nurturing a true sense of empowerment and belonging for every learner no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, language, ability, family income, sexual orientation or any other social factor. We realize that questions like the one posted can be setbacks in making meaningful progress in that area.

We have taken measures to ensure the lesson is no longer available and will continue to engage our staff, our parents and our community in our work to ensure equity for all learners. Curriculum resources have been updated.”
-Georgetown ISD Office of Communications & Community Engagement

A spokesperson for the district also said the assignment has not been in circulation and has not been used otherwise. The spokesperson said it is her understanding that it was part of an older curriculum draft that was never used and simply overlooked in our files.

The spokesperson added the Civil War is a sensitive topic — in and out of school. Georgetown ISD said it is continuing to do work around equity and professional learning, including how to teach sensitive topics in ways that honor Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) while being inclusive and thoughtful to students.

The Keiths want accountability and assurance other students aren’t impacted by this. In the below handwritten letter, their daughter explained people have suffered from slavery, and she wants to make an impact in a world where people aren’t judged by their skin color.

Letter from Martine Keith's daughter explaining how the Georgetown ISD assignment made her feel (Courtesy: Martine Keith)
Letter from Martine Keith’s daughter explaining how the Georgetown ISD assignment made her feel (Courtesy: Martine Keith)

“We always taught her to stand up, if you know something is right or wrong, let us know, and she knew that this was wrong,” Martine said. “We were hoping both of our children would be able to graduate from Eastview High School [in Georgetown ISD], but that’s not the case anymore, so we are looking for another district.”

Georgetown couple of 50 years reunites for first time since pandemic for wedding anniversary

Georgetown couple of 50 years reunites for first time

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — For better or worse. That’s a vow a Georgetown couple holds close to their hearts, renewing their vows from a nursing home courtyard on their 50th wedding anniversary.

It’s been one year since Claude and Ruth Dotson have been able to embrace each other.

Ruth has dementia. She and Claude, like many other families, have been kept a part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They met a month before they wed, back on April 11, 1971. Now they live separate — Ruth at the The Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and Claude with his daughter.

For years, the family said Ruth made it known she wanted a big party for their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Claude and Ruth Dotson 50th anniversary
  • Claude and Ruth Dotson
  • Claude and Ruth Dotson

That not being possible under the circumstances right now, the family decided they still wanted to do something special for the love birds’ big day.

In front of a handful of close family members, Ruth and Claude recommitted their love to each other — just like they did all those years ago.

The kiss that sealed the deal yet again was even more special since Ruth and Claude have gone so long without being able to embrace each other.

Claude said this day was even better the second time around. Ruth woke up with wedding day nerves all over again.

Their love story is only just beginning. And their kindred souls, show that even in tough times–there’s always a glimmer of hope.

Jala Washington