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Matagorda Co. cold case to be featured on new investigative reality show

MATAGORDA CO., September 6, 2013--The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office has received a lot of attention after a cold case investigation resulted in Capital Murder charges being handed down against three individuals on August 30. For more information on that case, click here. However, according to Matagorda County Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne, another Matagorda County cold case is about to receive national attention.

“When I took office, I went over five cold cases,” said Sheriff Osborne. “Out of the five that I went through, we have one that was back from 1982, that will be going to the grand jury, and the one from 2011, we just solved, and we’ve got three people in jail for Capital Murder.”

The older case to which Sheriff Osborne referred, involves the murder of 48 year-old Charlene Corporon in Palacios, which took place on June 6, 1982. Corporon owned a successful agricultural business where she worked with several friends and relatives, including her son, Gary Corporon.

The case of Corporon caught the attention of former Harris County prosecutor and Matagorda County native Kelly Seigler, and her team of investigators from a new show on TNT called Cold Justice. The reality series follows Siegler and Yolanda McClary, a former crime scene investigator as they revisit unsolved crimes and attempt to bring resolution to cold cases.

According to the episode preview listed on the show’s website, Charlene Corporon and her son developed a “combative” relationship after Gary’s father/Charlene’s husband died. Gary was allegedly abusive toward his mother. On the day of her death, Charlene’s boyfriend reportedly went to her house looking for her, and her son answered saying, “Charlene doesn’t look too good.” Police arrived and found Charlene dead from a .22 gunshot wound to the head. The show’s written preview questions whether Charlene’s own son could have murdered her, or whether her “troubled” boyfriend was somehow involved.

However, according to a May 4 article in the Houston Cronicle,  Gary Corporon was reportedly indicted for his mother’s murder in September, of 1982, and has never gone to trial. The article highlights much of the controversy surrounding the case. Apparently, a letter released to the Houston Chronicle by District Attorney Steven Reis mentioned Reis’ intention to ask a new grand jury to “re-indict” Corporon, yet the article also states District Clerk Becky Denn has reported there is no record of Corporon’s indictment.

The article states Kelly Siegler would not comment on Corporon’s case or the reasons the case did not go to trial, and also that Sheriff Osborne declined to answer questions about Corporon because it is a pending case.

KKHA’s Kevin Anderson spoke with Sheriff Osborne about the cold case and its coverage by Cold Justice. Click below to hear interview.


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