LEAGUE CITY — It’s been 25 years since Charlotte “Dawndy” Marques was murdered in a League City day care center. But while the years have gone by, the pain and the memories are still present for her family.
That is especially so now that her murderer, Clyde Spence, will be released on parole in March, family members said.
Members of the murdered woman’s family have started a letter-writing campaign in an effort to overturn the parole board’s decision.
“If he is released, we don’t want him in Texas or Louisiana,” said Kim Barksdale, Marques sister.
Charlotte Marques was 26 the day Spence burst into the Little Tykes Day Care Center on Dec. 7, 1988, in search of his ex-girlfriend, Monique Marques. Unable to find his former girlfriend, Spence shot and wounded Joyce Marques, Charlotte Marques’ mother in-law, then chased and shot Charlotte Marques several times.
Spence fled and was caught several months later in Louisiana. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
Spence first came up for parole in 1996, according to information provided by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Parole has been denied since then. Members of Charlotte Marques’ family said they had written and asked for denial in the past and would continue to do so.
The murder was difficult for the entire family to deal with, Barksdale said. After her sister’s death, their mother was never the same as she dealt with depression, Barksdale said.
“We were a very close family before the murder,” Barksdale said.
But since then, family gatherings have been difficult as old memories are stirred up.
“Every year as I put up the Christmas tree, that’s what I get to think about,” Sam “Bo” Meadows said, describing the effect of his sister’s murder.
Meadows said he knows how the murder had affected him and his family and he also wonders how it affected the children who were at the day care center that day.
Spence has been approved for release in March on condition that he go through anger management counseling and submit to electronic monitoring, said Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles spokesperson Harry Battson.
But Charlotte Marques’s family said the 66-year-old Spence should at least have to serve his full 30-year sentence.
“Why should he get his life back?” asked Linda Jeffers, sister of Charlotte Marques.
She and her family will never get their sister back, Jeffers said. And if Spence is paroled, Jeffers said she worries he may try to seek some sort of revenge against the family.
“Are we going to have to look over our shoulders the rest of our lives?” Jeffers asked.