Delayed Justice

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A haunting murder investigation that started almost a year and a half ago still has the small town of Las Animas wondering, why isn't anyone behind bars?

Twenty-eight-year-old Chasity Stine was found strangled to death in a field just outside of Las Animas in April 2007.

Chasity was a mother of three living in her hometown of Las Animas. She was going to raise her children there until someone snatched that dream from under her.

"What happened?" said Nicole Stine-Even, the victim's sister.

It's the million dollar question in a murder investigation that seemed to have an easy answer when Chasity's ex-boyfriend skipped town and was named a person of interest almost immediately.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations told 11 News on Monday that DNA results are in. The question now is, what are investigators waiting for?

11 News has been asking for months and finally on Monday after a number of phone calls The Colorado Bureau of Investigations revealed that now the fate of this case lies in the hands of a grand jury.

"If we have a suspect's DNA profile we can do a comparison and we can look and see whether they match or whether that individual can be excluded," said Ronald Arndt, Agent In Charge of the Biological Unit for The Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

Bent County 16TH Judicial District Attorney Rodney Fouracre told 11 News three months ago that some DNA results from the murder scene had been tested and that the results were in, but he and investigators have remained tight-lipped about the case. "I can't discuss the results of any tests," said Fouracre. 11 News asked him whether they were looking for more DNA evidence and this was Fouracre's response, "We're looking for, the investigation is continuing." He goes on to say, "It's not uncommon to wait anywhere from six months to a year for results." Except, the DNA in this case has been under investigation for more than a year. Fouracre said, "It has but the investigation has been ongoing throughout."

Chasity got a restraining order against Isom, the father of her three children, just one week before she went missing. 11 News met with Isom face to face two months ago. We asked him if he killed her and he said, "No. No I did not."

Isom skipped town the day Chasity's body was discovered in April of 2007. It's a mistake Isom admitted to. When Isom showed up in June of 2007 investigators took samples of his DNA, and 13 months later Chasity Stine's family is still searching for answers. Chasity's children are even asking questions no child should ask.

"They, like everyone else want to know what happened. Pretty much the only thing that they say is that they need to find the people that hurt their mom," said Stine-Even.

It was only after 11 News started prodding for answers that we were able to learn that the case had been turned over to a grand jury to decide whether there's enough evidence to move forward or not.

Fouracre said he does not believe the case will turn cold and neither does Chasity's family. "I don't think that it's going to end up in a cold case. I think that it's going to get solved," said Stine-Even.

Until then whoever did it is still walking free. "They can go about their daily lives and my sister can't," said Stine-Even.

"It's like watching a movie about something horrible happening and having it turn into reality," said Stine-Even. The only difference is this movie isn't over yet.

On Monday Stine-Even told 11 News that the estranged boyfriend, Isom, has been stripped of all of his parental rights to his three children for allegedly refusing to show up for custody court. The kids are staying with their mother's parents.

The district attorney is also asking for help. If you know something about Chasity Stine's murder please contact The Colorado Bureau of Investigations at 719-542-1133.

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  • by cricket Location: Colorado on Apr 29, 2012 at 01:06 AM
    U all 3 guilty keep tryna get me not scared waiting for u keep death threatening me n my husband Henry I took Marky down now its ur turn ill be waiting and ready for u Marky killed her n henry ur involved too
  • by cricket Location: Colorado on Apr 29, 2012 at 01:06 AM
    U all 3 guilty keep tryna get me not scared waiting for u keep death threatening me n my husband Henry I took Marky down now its ur turn ill be waiting and ready for u Marky killed her n henry ur involved too
  • by cricket Location: Colorado on Apr 29, 2012 at 01:02 AM
    U all 3 guilty keep tryna get me not scared waiting for u keep death threatening me n my husband Henry I took Marky down now its ur turn ill be waiting and ready for u Marky killed her n henry ur involved too
  • by Nicole Location: Pueblo on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    The DNA which is a match for Henry is apparently circumstantial evidence. Make sense to you? Doesn't make much sense at all to most. There have been similar cases in which the only thing pointing to the "spouse" was DNA evidence and arrests and later convictions have ensued. Why not in this case is a question that we all continue to ask. Perhaps the D.A. is afraid that he doesn't have enough experience (for lack of a better word)to base a trial on this and win! Everyone is innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, and who knows exactly what happened to my sister besides her and the person(s) that did this to her. I myself have forgiveness in my heart for whomever did this to her, but I am a Chrisitian. Forgive, but never forget. I just pray that our maker is as forgiving as I am. I know that Chas would have already forgiven who did this to her because that is/was just her way; one to try to always see the good in people even if it was non existant. May the truth come out
  • by Anonymous Location: Eads on Sep 1, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    I was out near that feild the day she was found. A friend of mine went for a walk and decided to follow the tracks. We went out to the bridge around 2pm and returned home about 5pm. When we arrived home we discovered how Chasity was found.. We were freaked out once we got home.. My friend and I came forward and identified a jacket that was near the bridge.. We wanted to do anything we could to help bring her killer to justice and put him behind bars.... Chasity Stine.. rest in piece and I hope your killer will be punished for stealing away your life.
  • by curious Location: bent county on Jan 12, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    can someone answer me a question??? well i hope so.... does anyone know why henry has not been arrested??? is the dna not enough... talk about delayed justice.... they need to arrest him already
  • by finally Location: colorado on Nov 24, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    its bout time... mark has alot of love for his family members... i doubt and always have doubted this... im glad to finally hear..... 99.99994% its henry lee isom jr... mark,,, dont worry bout other peoples problems... u have to worry bout ure life...he gets what he deserves...i have known you had nothing... to do with it.... much love and respect
  • by anonymous Location: LA on Aug 7, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    I heard Henry's brother Mark was arrested today on 1st degree murder charges.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pueblo on Aug 7, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    I would like to give my prayers and thoughts to Chasity's family and her loving children. It is Really good that the case is still on going. Justice will be served and she will finally be able to rest in peace. I agree that people in Lamar all know what happened that terrifying night. How could a person or persons live day by day knowing what happened and not saying nothing? Chasity was a wonderful friend to me and my kids and she was a a Wonderful mother. Please let justice be served and let the people who did this to her, her children, and her family get what they deserve. All three and there immediate family members need to go down. My prayers and thoughts are out to Chasity, her children, Nicole, and her family. God Bless.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lamar on Aug 6, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    why dont people investigate Mark and Amelia Gonzales? Rommers say that Mark has a big mouth and talks about the murder like it was a game. I give my prayers to chas and her family. I think its sad because some people know the truth but wont come forward because they are scard of the three that were involved.
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