RANGERETTE KIDNAPPING

Victims file suit against alleged abductor

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A Rusk County woman indicted for the December 2016 kidnapping of a Kilgore College Rangerette is now being sued by her alleged victim and the young woman’s mother.

Dana Blair, Rangerette Director since 1993, and her daughter, Alexa Blair, former ’Rette lieutenant, filed an original petition and request for disclosure against Nancy Motes, of Kilgore, in Gregg County court Dec. 21.

According to the petition, the plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages of more than $200,000 but less than $1 million.

As justification for monetary damages, the Blairs submitted as fact incidents said to have occurred on Dec. 29, 2016, at their home in Longview. According to the petition, Motes, 59, physically assaulted the pair, held them at gunpoint and then kidnapped Alexa.

Delayed multiple times, Motes’ trial is pending in Gregg County.

Both mother and daughter claim to have suffered serious physical and mental injuries as a direct result of Motes’ actions. They seek to recover damages including past and future medical expenses as well as physical pain, mental anguish and physical impairment they suffered in the past and expect to suffer in the future.

Exemplary damages are also sought under Section 41.003 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which states damages can be awarded if a plaintiff proves they suffered harm as the result of fraud, malice or gross negligence. According to the petition, the plaintiffs would be entitled to such damages, without limit, because of Motes’ alleged felonious assault.

Also included in the petition is a disclosure request requiring Motes’ attorney to respond to the claims within 50 days of filing, a request for a trial by jury, a request for the defendant to appear at trial and a request for all fair damages to be granted to the plaintiff, including court costs.

The filing fell just shy of the two-year anniversary of the alleged incident.

From a search warrant filed in April 2017, on Dec. 29, 2016, Motes visited the Blair home, knocked on the door and asked to speak with Alexa, then a 19-year-old KC freshman. Motes, disguised with a wig and holding a cardboard snowman, was allowed into the home and drew a gun, ordering Alexa to tie up her mother. Dana Blair was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Upon returning to the scene, Dana Blair and the neighbor saw Motes had fled with Alexa in a vehicle.

The search warrant also indicates Motes drove Alexa to a Rusk County storage unit, disposing of items through the car window while driving. At that scene, she allegedly bound Alexa with tape and choked her until she fell unconscious. When Alexa awoke, alone, she was able to free herself, escape and call police.

Motes was arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping and booked into jail by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Dec. 30 on a $500,000 bond. She was released the same day after paying bond. Because the crime occurred in Longview, Motes’ case was transferred to Gregg County.

In an indictment filed June 22, 2017 by a grand jury in the Gregg County 188th District Court, Motes was charged with one count of Aggravated Kidnapping with Intent to Terrorize and Aggravated Kidnapping with Deadly Weapon against Alexa Blair and one count of Aggravated Kidnapping by Deadly Force against Dana Blair.

Motes is represented by Longview attorney David Moore in the case.

According to the register of actions in Motes’ case, her case was set in the docket in Sept. 2017 and then reset four additional times until March of 2018. Trial dates were set and canceled and, to date, no official trial date has been set.

Because both charges of aggravated kidnapping in Motes’ indictment were elevated by the intent to terrorize, the use of a deadly weapon and the threat of deadly force, they are considered first-degree felonies. As a result, if convicted, Motes could face a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison in addition to a fine of $10,000 per count.

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