Convicted Murder Jon Buice, serving 45 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice has been granted parole. He was convicted for the 1991 gay bashing murder of Paul Broussard.
Paul Broussard, a 27-year-old Houston-area banker and Texas A&M alumnus, was beaten and stabbed to death in a gay-bashing outside a Houston nightclub on July 4, 1991, by ten teenaged boys. The youths had driven from the northern Houston suburb of The Woodlands to Montrose solely to “beat up some queers”, in the words of one of the convicted teens.
Buice now, 42, previously was granted parole in 2011, but subsequent protests led to its reversal.
Broussard was walking across a parking lot just after 2:00 a.m on July 4, 1991, in Montrose with his friends Cary Anderson and Richard Delaunay when the trio was attacked by 10 young men from The Woodlands area which included Jon Buice.
The “Woodlands Ten” as they became known, had spent the two days prior to the attack binging on alcohol. Hours before the attack, they piled into two cars and cruised Montrose harassing men they presumed to be gay. They identified their targets by asking directions to Heaven, a popular area gay bar and threw rocks at men who answered with directions.
Broussard and friends were just blocks away from home when the attackers asked them for directions to Heaven. Upon receiving them, the 10 attackers exited their vehicles and attacked the three gay men with fists, steel-toed boots, bear claws, nail-studded two-by-fours, and a knife wielded by Jon Buice. Anderson and Delaunay escaped down a busy street, while Broussard headed down a dead end street where he was surrounded by the 10 attackers.
Delaunay said the ten young men were cheering and yelling as they attacked Broussard. Broussard suffered abrasions, puncture wounds, a broken rib, bruised testicles, and three stab wounds. As he lay on the ground, almost unconscious, two of his attackers rifled through his pockets and took a comb as a souvenir.
Broussard was treated by EMS at the scene, and then airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he died eight-and-a-half hours later.