Colleyville mother accused of $6,000 prank will face trial

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 7:20 PM

COLLEYVILLE -- Tara Mauney, a Colleyville mother, hurried down the hall after hearing her name called in court Thursday along with other suspected criminals.

Her crime, according to arrest documents, was helping kids at a sleepover vandalize a neighbor's house last July.

The grand jury indicted Mauney on Wednesday, declining to hear her side of the story.

"It's highly unusual," said Mauney's attorney, Warren St. John. "I was very disappointed they didn't hear from her.

Police say Mauney and eight middle school students bought several 36-roll packages of toilet paper at a Walmart and then began a night of pranks back in July.

Besides using toilet paper on a home, the group allegedly wrote offensive graffiti using condiments, and placed raw chicken in a mailbox at one house, causing an estimated $6,000 in damage.

St. John said Mauney is innocent and will not plead guilty.

"We have multiple witnesses who will testify she was not at the home when the incident took place," he said.

Now the case will go to court, leaving it up to jurors to decide if Mauney is a mischievous mom or a victim of middle school students trying to pin the blame on someone else.

"It's very embarrassing for her, very surreal," St. John said. "It's like it shouldn't be happening, but it is, and so she'll deal with it."

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