One of my absolute favorite places in Ft. Worth to eat was Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant. Located in North Ft. Worth, it was the place to go to see and be seen. Many celebrities would eat there. It served authentic Mexican food. And, it wasn't too expensive.
I went there a few times, mostly with friends. The best food and the best beer you could find. The last time I went was by myself. The tables were kind of close together. That night, my table was next to two guys, who were very well dressed. One was Cullen Davis, and the other was Racehorse Haynes. If the names don't ring a bell with you, I will explain.
Cullen Davis was probably the richest man in Ft. Worth. He was an oilman. There was a rumor that the character of J.R. Ewing in the TV show "Dallas" was modeled from the life of Cullen Davis. He lived in a huge house in Ft. Worth. The house could be seen from my apartment near TCU, and it looked really close, until you started driving toward it. You just kept driving, until you were upon it. There was nothing nearby. One night, at that house, some people were killed and wounded. It was well known that his wife was having an affair. Her lover was killed, and she was wounded. The main suspect was Cullen Davis. Eyewitnesses saw him there and saw him pull the trigger. He was arrested and put on trial. The trial had to be held in another city, because of all of the publicity.
Racehorse Haynes was Cullen's lawyer. He was well-known for his track record in winning cases. It cost someone a whole lot of money to hire Racehorse. He was from Houston, and he was only one of two attorneys in the country who had the best defense record of getting his clients off.
So, here they were. Both of them sitting at the table next to me. It was the night after the verdict that afternoon. Cullen Davis had been found not guilty. Despite all of the forensic evidence. Despite all of the eyewitness testimony. Despite all of the motives. The jury found him not guilty. Racehorse had earned his fee. Cullen had hired the best attorney. And, I heard them joke about the verdict. Cullen was so appreciative that he had gotten away with murder. Racehorse was a little more careful in his remarks, because he knew others were listening. Cullen didn't care. He knew he couldn't be tried again for the murder. The law wouldn't allow it. Now was a time for celebrating. I got sick to my stomach.