Trial set for May in brutal 2008 murder of gay Dallas man Richard Hernandez

Posted on 02 Apr 2010 at 9:58am

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Karen Read Dilbeck, the girlfriend of Seth Winder’s father, has published a book about Winder, who’s accused of murdering gay Dallas man Richard Hernandez in September 2008. Hernandez was brutally dismembered in his far North Dallas apartment, and the ensuing manhunt for Winder by Dallas police has already been the subject of an episode of A&E’s “The First 48.” Winder was initially found mentally incompetent to stand trial, but his competency reportedly been restored, and a trial is now set for early May, according to Denton County court records (although Dilbeck predicts the trial will again be delayed). Here’s what she told me in an e-mail about the book, “Slipping into Madness: The Seth Winder Story”:

“My part was written like I would have done as a reporter basically with lots of commentary form Rodney [Seth Winder's father] and then lots of information about schizophrenia. My desire was to point out our flawed system here.  I write to Seth in jail and I believe he really is truly schizophrenic. What triggered him to kill Richard, we’ll never know, but I truly think it was a cry of insanity. Of course I feel so much sorrow for it all. My desire in writing this book was to possibly help prevent such tragedies in the future. Richard tried to befriend the wrong person and probably just did not realize the depth of sickness in Seth. … Everyone likes to speculate on things without knowing the background of someone, but I know what I saw long before he killed Richard and he was definitely mentally ill.”

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