The man who brutally assaulted a teenage lesbian couple in Texas is being sued for $500 million by the survivor of his horrible attack.
David Strickland was convicted in September of raping and shooting Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin, in a park near Corpus Christi in 2012. Olgin died at the scene, while Chapa, who was shot in the head, survived.
She’s now suing Strickland; his father, Larry Joe Strickland, and the Strickland family business Taft Pharmacy, according to papers filed Wednesday in San Patricio County.
In her suit, Chapa cited the extensive physical rehabilitation and medical treatment, she had to undergo—as well as the permanent limp and tunnel vision she has been left with.
At trial, the suit alleges, Strickland “showed absolutely no remorse” for his crime.
“Indeed he sneered at Chapa and her family throughout the criminal trial, and cavalierly maintained he was not guilty despite the overwhelming evidence against him.” The suit also alleges that Larry Strickland “was well aware of his son’s violent tendencies, but did nothing to warn others or take action to stop his son’s proclivities.”
In a Dateline NBC episode from February, Chapa recalled her final conversation with Olgin. “We we both asked each other if we were okay, and that was the last thing we both asked each other,” she recalled. Then Strickland shot the two women, execution-style.
“I was already at the stage like, ’I’m going to die, this is it,'” said Chapa. “And I hear the gun go off, and then I went black.”
Olgin and Chapa were discovered by bird watchers who called for an ambulance. The EMT on the scene said the girls were naked, duct-taped and covered in blood. Strickland’s conviction—and hopefully winning her civil case—will bring some measure of closure, but Chapa admits the attack will stay with her forever. She still visits Violet Andrews Park on special anniversaries, like Mollie’s birthday and day they met.
“It’s not painful,” she explains. “I just kind of feel closer to her, I guess because it’s the last place I saw her at.”