Meet 32-year-old convenience store clerk Kevin Wayne Anders.
Kevin Anders is a hot property down in Navarro Mills Lake, Texas. Although he’s married, he still manages to keep a girlfriend, whose name is Dana Mack.
Dana Mack works as a dishwasher at the Navarro Mills CafÃ©. Just a few months ago, she had recently moved to Navarro Mills with her 6-year-old daughter, Hanna Mack, and two older daughters.
Dana Mack knew that Kevin Anders was married, but still chose to bring him into her home.
Hanna Mack had just started the first grade this year at Blooming Grove Elementary School. She enjoyed jumping rope, playing hopscotch and riding her little pink and purple bicycle. According to her grandmother, Hanna was especially excited about starting school, because she loved books and could see her new friends every day.
Dana Mack last saw her little girl sleeping on the living-room couch at about 1 in the morning, right before she went to bed.
Less than 7 hours later, Dana Mack would find her daughter dead, hanging from the rafters in the family garage which was housing an above-ground swimming pool.
Hanna Mack was dead, when she should have been getting ready for school.
That Monday morning, the 10th of September, 2007, police descended upon the murder scene, scouring the house for clues.
There was a rumor that a 13-year-old special needs boy had done it. Nobody knows where the rumor was started.
While investigating the murder, authorities asked state caseworkers not to reveal whether or not Hanna Mack’s family had been investigated by child protective services. A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has stated that this type of request is rather unusual.
Early on Wednesday, September 12th, authorities revealed that medical examiners had determined that Hanna Mack had, indeed, been sexually traumatized before she had been killed.
Her death? Caused by “homicidal violence.”
Hanna had been beaten, raped, and then hung.
While going through a computer taken from the Mack home on Tuesday, criminal investigators found the presence of child pornography. That was enough to get a warrant for Kevin Wayne Anders’ arrest. He’s sitting in the county jail right now, waiting.
Everyone’s waiting, in fact. Waiting for DNA tests that will either possibly clear Kevin Anders or make potential murder charges against him that much stronger.
Authorities have stated that Hanna Mack’s murder does potentially qualify for Texas’s capital murder statute.
Kevin Wayne Anders, if found guilty, could be given the death penalty.
Right now, his charge of possession of child pornography is only a third-degree felony.