Murder trials with Brown County connections set in Coleman, San Saba

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com

Two murder trials with Brown County connections are scheduled to begin soon in San Saba and Coleman counties.

Lanny Bush, 54, is scheduled to stand trial for capital murder beginning April 7 in Coleman County for the September 2012 death of his former girlfriend, Michele Reiter of Brownwood.

On March 31, a man named Brett Matthew Sealy is scheduled to stand trial in San Saba for the murder of his then-girlfriend's 13-month-old daughter, Aleesa Koepp, in Richland Springs.

Relatives of the murdered child including her father, William Koepp, her grandmother, Linda Lane and great-grandparents, Hal and Margaret Lane, live in Brownwood. The girl was buried in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.

In another murder case with Brown County connections, no trial date is currently set in Comanche County for Mike Lowery, who is accused in the July 2013 murder of his wife, Amber, a former helicopter pilot for Air Evac Lifeteam in Brownwood.

A tentative trial date of Feb. 24 had initially been set.

Lanny Bush case

Prosecutors have said little about the case against Bush, who is accused by indictment of murdering Reiter "by means unknown to the grand jury" while kidnapping or attempting to kidnap Reiter.

Coleman County District Attorney Heath Hemphill said earlier he anticipates that members of Brown County District Attorney Micheal Murray's staff will assist in the prosecution of Bush.

Reiter, an employee of The Home Depot in Brownwood, was last seen the evening of Sept. 10, 2012. Searchers found her body in a shallow grave in Coleman County on Sept. 24

While Bush was incarcerated in San Angelo, he denied any involvement in Reiter's disappearance in a jailhouse interview with the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Brett Matthew Sealy case

Aleesa Koepp died on Nov. 15, 2009 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center after she was brought there by ambulance from her Richland Springs home.

Sealy and the girl's mother, Kristi Ann Goode, were arrested later on murder warrants.

San Saba authorities said earlier they believe events that caused Aleesa's injuries occurred in her home.