Mona Nelson, 44, allegedly kidnapped, tortured and killed 12-year-old Jonathan Foster on Christmas Eve 2010. In a heinous crime that has gotten barely any media attention, Nelson tortured the boy with a welding torch and dumped him on the side of the road. Her trial started Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Deborah Wrigley of the local ABC affiliate in Houston reported that Nelson is facing a life sentence in the case. A judge thankfully ruled that "most of what the suspect told investigators can be used in the trial."
According to Amren.com, citing a story that seems to have been yanked from Click2Houston, "Police said they confiscated a badly burned section of carpet from the home of Mona Yvette Nelson," along with welding equipment. Twine was also found at the scene that matched twine "found around Jonathan's hands." Police said that "it now appears the child was killed with a welding torch that could be capable of 6,000-degree flames." It is inconceivable to fathom the suffering experienced by Foster.
Nelson, who had a background in welding along with a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1984, also was visited by "Activist Quannel X [who] met with Nelson for about an hour...upon her request." He also "attended Nelson's first court appearance today at the request of her family," as reported by Allan Turner of the Houston Chronicle.
Quanell X, by the way, is the leader of the New Black Panther Party hate group in Houston, Texas. He has made some radical statements, not surprisingly. An article from the Houston Press from way back in 1997 quotes him as saying, "if Louis Farrakhan is ever harmed, black people would kill every white in sight: 'Blood will flow in America like a mighty river.'"
The horrific story of the death of this little boy has not made it to the mainstream media. There have been several stories that suggested that this woman may have killed before. A report from ABC News quoted Houston Police Offer Mike Miller as saying,
"Do I believe she's done it before? Yeah, I do. I don't believe she began and ended with the abduction of Jonathan Foster, I don't."
Not once has the phrase "hate crime" been associated with this case. Watch a local report from 2010 that also mentions the possibility that Mona Nelson may have killed previously.
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