By Elsa Maxey
Fort Bend Star Publisher Beverly Carter will be featured on the Investigation Discovery (ID) – Discovery Channel the latter part of this year about a local, 2006 courtroom drama. It’s about a Richmond couple that lived in Pecan Grove and the husband’s shooting death by his wife, who was charged with murder. Charlene Hill underwent two trials in a Fort Bend County courtroom for shooting her husband, Danny Hill.
Carter attended the trial and reported the progress of the case that made national news. She appeared on 48 Hours last year about the same case after an interview, and last week Carter was singled out for yet, another interview. It was organized by an Australian TV production company and it was shot at the Hilton Garden Inns in Sugar Land in a conference room equipped with audio, lights, a camera, and Carter as the action prompted by a series of questions about the notorious case.
The DiscoveryID show in which Carter will appear is called Behind Mansion Walls. It will take a look at the lifestyle of the Hill couple with testimony supporting an abusive relationship leading to the husband’s shooting death. The death was originally claimed to be in self-defense, and the trail together with the outcome will also be part of the story.
The Australian crew, previously in Salt Lake City and bound for Dallas, told Carter that the Behind Mansion Walls show is about a series of stories involving murder and mystery on a grand scale. The victims and suspects range from oil tycoons to self-made billionaires involving sizable inheritances, privileged lifestyles, and corporate power associated with what is called “the upper crust.” In the shows, some about deadly divorce and other dramas, the nature of the stories centers on the lengths people take to acquire more money and power with greed eventually leading them to a life behind bars.
Prosecutors and Danny Hill’s family reportedly argued that whatever Danny Hill’s actions, the shooting was really about money, about Charlene Hill inheriting a $2 million estate.
Reports, also covered by LeaAnne Klentzman of the “Star”, state that Charlene Hill was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication after she entered a guilty plea for the murder of her husband during her second trial in February 20122. Hill was previously tried for the murder in 2009, which resulted in a mistrial.