Brezina jailed for murder

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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A man suspected of murdering a Decatur woman two weeks ago was jailed this past weekend.

Ronnie Brezina

Ronnie Brezina, 63, of Decatur was booked into the Wise County Jail Saturday on charges of capital murder, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and parole violation, according to online jail records.

Investigating officers say Brezina met his estranged girlfriend, 45-year-old Brandy Wallen of Decatur, in the parking lot of Toast Your Bunz 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 flown from the scene of the wreck with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds and a head injury, according to officers. He had remained at Medical City Denton in police custody until Saturday.

Hoskins said Brezina and Wallen had previously been in a dating relationship but had broken up around Thanksgiving.

According to an affidavit attached to a search warrant in the case, Wallen had previously made a terroristic threat report on Brezina the week after Thanksgiving.

“Wallen had reported that she was approached (by) Brezina in the parking lot of a local grocery store. Wallen was in her vehicle at the time. Wallen reported that Brezina threatened to kill her and her 14-year-old son. Wallen feared for her and her son’s life,” the affidavit states.

According to the search warrant return, investigators collected an empty box for a real-time GPS tracker, a cell phone and a laptop, among other items, from Brezina’s home as possible evidence in the case.

Brezina remained in the Wise County Jail Monday. Bond had not been set on the capital murder or parole violation charges. Bond had been set at $20,000 for the evading arrest charge.

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