Brezina arraigned: Pleads ‘not guilty’ to capital murder charge

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Decatur resident Ronnie Lee Brezina entered a plea of “not guilty” at his arraignment on a charge of capital murder Monday at the Wise County Courthouse.

Brezina was indicted in March for killing his estranged girlfriend, 45-year-old Brandy Wallen of Decatur, while in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offenses of kidnapping and robbery earlier this year at a local business.

Investigating officers say Brezina met Wallen in the parking lot of a tanning salon in Decatur the evening of Jan. 7. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the two got into an altercation in the parking lot, and Brezina chased her into the business where he stabbed her multiple times.

Brezina then fled in a vehicle just as officers were arriving on the scene. Officers pursued Brezina up U.S. 81/287 until he crashed an SUV into a tree in the median north of Alvord.

Wallen was taken to Wise Health System where she was pronounced dead about an hour after the assault.

Brezina was injured in the wreck and remained hospitalized in police custody for nearly two weeks before he was released from the hospital and taken to the Wise County Jail where he is being held without bond on the capital murder charge.

No trial date has been set, but his next court appearance is scheduled for June 27, according to court records.

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