No Answers for Victims' Family on Killer's Possible Release

Man convicted of killing Fort Worth couple could be freed 25 years before he is eligible for parole

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    The family of Cheryl and Doug Man are still waiting to find out if the man who killed the couple in 1997, Travis James Maxey, will be set free early for a medical condition.

    A Fort Worth man said he and his family have not received information about whether the man convicted of killing his parents will be set free.

    Travis James Maxey is serving a sentence of 40 years to life for murdering Cheryl and Doug Mann in their Fort Worth home in 1997.

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    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.

    "It's taken a lot of years to get beyond it," said their son, Robert Alexander.

    He and his family learned two weeks ago that Maxey could be released from prison early because of a medical condition. The letter the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Victims Services Division sent said reviews typically take place two to three weeks after the letters are sent.

    But Alexander and his family are upset that review has not been scheduled and that the state would not answer any of their questions about how the review works or what the medical reason is, citing medical privacy laws.

    "To me, it's kind of like spitting in everybody's face for all their hard work and for trying to maintain justice and law," Alexander said.

    Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Greg Miller said he is also in the dark.

    "That's not very comforting to the people whose job it is to ensure the safety of the citizens of Tarrant County," he said.

    Miller recently sent all members of the parole board a letter strongly opposing Maxey's release. He said he would like to send someone to the review.

    Family and friends of the Manns have also sent hundreds of letters.

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles have not answered NBC 5's requests for more information on the matter.