Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
The Colleyville mom accused of helping middle school students trash a house last summer vows to fight charges. Tara Mauney maintains she was not there when the vandalism happened and has turned down a plea deal.
A Colleyville mother accused of helping middle school students vandalize a house in July says she will fight the charges.
Tara Mauney, who was indicted earlier this month on a felony count of criminal mischief, turned down a plea deal Thursday morning. Her attorney said his client was not there when the vandalism occurred and is ready to fight the case at trial.
“She was innocent," J. Warren St. John said. "She had nothing to do with it."
Colleyville police say Mauney took a group of middle school students to a Wal-Mart to purchase supplies and then helped vandalize a home in the 4600 block of Alexandria Drive.
"She took the kids to Wal-Mart. That’s not against the law," St. John said. "She bought toilet paper. We're not going to argue that issue, but I could go buy 6,000 rolls of toilet paper. It's not against the law to buy toilet paper. But she was not present when the house was marked up."
Investigators say the group caused about $6,000 worth of damage when it "rolled" the home with toilet paper, used a marker to write profanity on the house, wrote with mustard in the driveway and put a raw chicken in the mailbox.
If convicted, Mauney could be sentenced to up to two years in jail and fined up to $10,000.