The Things Dupree Do For Love

Constable Mike Dupree met with various activists recently and told them that the recent Dallas Observer story that chronicled his affair-gone-bad with an illegal immigrant from Honduras was inaccurate. Which is sort of odd, since we got the story from Dupree, who readily talked to us about the relationship.

Last week, we detailed Dupree's own tale of how he arranged to deport Angel Martinez, his former lover, to Honduras after Martinez stumbled into a life of drugs and crime. After Martinez turned to him for help, Dupree found out there were warrants for his ex's arrest and then had him arrested. Then he arranged to send him back to Honduras. "He had people after him who were looking for him, who were going to kill him," Dupree told us. "It had nothing to do with him or I. I did this to save his life."

After the jump, some more background -- along with quotes from Dupree that didn't wind up in the original story. Because we just feel the need to be more accurate this morning. And, just maybe and just sayin', Dupree needs a refresher.

Dupree says that Martinez wanted to be deported, but sources close to Martinez say that he wants to stay in the United States and that the constable acted only because Martinez spurned him. More about that soon enough.

There were more unusual gems from Dupree's own account. The constable says that after his romance with his young lover waned, the two enjoyed a father-son relationship. "He called me Dad," Dupree told us. "He called me Papa."

Dupree also admitted that at one point, Martinez stole his firearm. And that he had a girlfriend.

I called Dupree's lawyer John Barr, who was at the meeting, and asked him what in the story was inaccurate. (It's worth pointing out that they never called us to ask for a correction of some sort.) Barr, who served as the attorney for former Sheriff John Barr, said that Dupree did not put an immigration hold on the 20-year-old Martinez, as we reported. But it was Dupree himself who told us that he visited Martinez a day after he had him arrested and personally put an immigration hold on him. And, sure enough, county records show that Martinez was turned over to immigration a day after his arrest.

In fact, one thing we meant to include but didn't was that Dupree actually spent time and resources tracking down his ex: "We had deputies looking for him," Dupree said. "No one could find him."

Anyhow, in the interests of giving you a complete picture of Mike Dupree and his odd perspective of his former lover, here are some interesting quotes from the constable we did not include in our story:

"He's like a lot of young men who come over to the United States. They come for the American dream but in some cases it becomes a nightmare. We are a country plagued by drugs and crime and he just fell victim to that. The type of music these kids listen to just promotes this. Our video games are violent, our movies are violent, everything promotes violence and gangs and sex."

"He has a chance at life and I'm glad I was able to give it to him."

"I thank God he is still alive today."

"I don't know what happened. I just found my gun missing."

"The young man is not a criminal."

"I had talked to his mother on the phone, and she said, 'Would you please help my son?' and I said I would do everything I could."

On arranging to have Martinez deported: "He was very grateful."

On the question of whether his ex was better off in Honduras: "Yes. More rural, more down to earth. More Christian."

"He had some arrests and tickets, and I put an immigration hold on him. Frankly I'm glad I did because at least he's still alive."

"He was hanging around people doing drugs. I felt the best thing to do to get him away from that situation was to send him back home."

--Matt Pulle

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