BELLAIRE, Texas (FOX 26) - "Yes, I'm angry, very," said Dana Mielke. She has plenty to be angry about.
Two years ago last week, Mielke lost her only child, 19-year-old Peter Mielke.
The popular teen was shot to death at a Bellaire pizzeria.
"People cry when they find out who I am," said Dana. "People that don't even know me still today say, 'You're his mom,' and we will start crying."
The parole board is another target of Dana's anger. The board refused to send her son's alleged killer, 24-year-old Kiara Taylor, back to prison even though he repeatedly violated the terms of his parole.
"I firmly believe the parole board also shares equal blame," said director of Crime Victims Assistance Office Andy Kahan.
Taylor even committed additional crimes while on parole. He served his time for those crimes in state jail and was then freed and back on parole.
Taylor's own parole officer told board members he was a threat to society but the board opted to send him to a parole violator facility instead of prison.
Three days after his release from that facility, Taylor allegedly murdered Mielke.
"The whole criminal justice system needs to be looked at," said Dana. She and many others believe Taylor's pending trial should be a death penalty case.
"Everybody did but my prosecutor," said Dana.
In the following statement, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said she met with Dana for more than an hour to discuss the elements of the case:
The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that individuals who are intellectually disabled can not be executed. The defendant was diagnosed in 2008 by the Harris Health Center as having mild retardation. Of course Dana Mielke remains angry that her son was brutally murdered and we empathize."
"That doesn't even have to be said does it," said Dana.