By LeaAnne Klentzman
The jury has been selected and the trial has begun for the Booth man accused of killing a young Marine.
The trail of Sean Michael McGuire has begun and the jury has been seated.
McGuire is on trial for the death of 23 year old David Stidman, a B.F. Terry High School graduate, class of 2005. He participated in ROTC at Terry and joined the Marines shortly after graduation.
Stidman served multiple tours in war zones, and earned the rank of Corporal. David Stidman was back home on terminal military leave to help his father who had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident only months before.
According to his father, Dwayne Stidman, in the short time David had been home, he had made changes to their business operation so he (Dwayne) could get around while he was recovering in a wheelchair. Dwayne said David was scheduled to study Engineering in college.
During the early morning hours of August 2, 2010, David Stidman was on his Harley Davison motorcycle on FM 762, south of US 59, near the intersection of Brazos Center Boulevard when his bike was hit from behind by a Ford F250 pickup truck operated by Sean Michael McGuire, 34, of Richmond. Stidman was killed in the accident.
McGuire was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA) and intoxicated manslaughter. He was released on $17,000 bond.
However, after taking the case before the Grand Jury, McGuire was initially indicted for murder and intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle.
According to court documents McGuire’s attorney, Mike Elliott said, “It is the defense’s position that the alleged murder indictment does not legally allege an offense.” Elliott went on to say that never before has Fort Bend County ever tried a DWI case as a murder case. It has always been intoxicated manslaughter. He said a murder conviction would mean straight prison time for his client. He questions why? Why now? Why this case?
In the quest to understand why, here may be some insight; McGuire’s first official scrape with the adult legal system in Fort Bend County started in April of 1998. Case number 98-CCR-077766 indicates that McGuire was arrested for possession of marijuana; a class B misdemeanor. At the age of 22; representing himself, McGuire entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to 3 days in the county jail.
In another case McGuire lost his driver’s license in Iowa in 2003 after a DWI that January and a habitual violator certification in November of that same year. According to those records he was instructed to return his Iowa license plates, driver’s license, and vehicle registrations to the State of Iowa.
In 2006, McGuire’s records surfaced on the civil dockets of Fort Bend County. In June of that year with cause number 29913, a pleading for an occupational driver’s license was filed in County Court at Law 1.
Although no conviction was listed, the paperwork processed by Judge H. Kennedy appears to mimic the documents of a DWI case, with some lines drawn through some of the text. In 2006 McGuire was granted an occupational driver’s license to work for a relative as a framer and site foreman in construction.
Then in 2008, more filings indicate that McGuire applies for yet another occupational driver’s license. That cause is number 08-CCV-087950, according to county records, the case remains pending. When asked at the time of the incident, Elliott said he knew nothing about the other cases but that his client currently had a valid Texas driver’s license.
David’s father, Dwayne Stidman has been shattered by the loss of his son and the loss of their future. A Wrongful Death suit was filed on behalf of David by his father and remains on the 240th District Court’s docket. The elder Stidman has vowed to leave no stone unturned in his quest for justice on behalf of his son.
Sean McGuire faces both criminal and civil cases in the 240th District Court.