Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News
A Fort Worth family is speaking out after learning Travis Maxey may be set free 25 years early. Maxey is serving a life sentence for killing Cheryl and Doug Mann in their Fort Worth home in 1997.
A North Texas man is trying to stop the early release from prison of a man convicted of killing his mother and stepfather in their Fort Worth home.
Travis James Maxey, 37, was convicted of two counts of capital murder in stabbing deaths of Cheryl Ann and Doug Mann in February 1997.
Maxey is serving a life sentence and is not eligible for parole until 2037. But Cheryl Ann Mann's son said the state's Victim Services Division called Wednesday and told him that Maxey could soon be set free for health reasons.
"They were both stabbed over 30 times, and he actually left the knife lodged in my stepfather's throat, and I don't understand the reasoning behind letting someone like that go," Robert Alexander said.
For now, Alexander and his family is sending protest letters and turning to prayer to try and stop Maxey's release.
The prison system would not confirm a potential release, citing medical privacy. State records show Maxey is at West Texas Hospital in Lamesa, near Lubbock.
"[It's a] pretty tough question to answer when you are a man of faith and God like I am and you are supposed to go in peace and you are not supposed to be angry; you are supposed to forgive," Alexander said.
The thought of Maxey free haunts Alexander's family, he said.
"At the time when I walked in or opened the door ... all I could see was my mother, and her hands were bound behind her back about 20 feet away, and all I could see was a pool of blood," Alexander said. "And pretty much for 15 years now, that's been the image I have tried to get out of my head."