Brown Trial: Rachel And Bagwell, Sittin' in a Tree

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Jeff Bagwell lends a hand
Judge Jim Wallace did not allow Michael Brown's lawyers to introduce evidence that the ex-hand surgeon's wife is banging former Astro Jeff Bagwell in Brown's assault trial today.

Arguing admissibility after the jury was excused, attorney Dick DeGuerin got Rachel Brown, 37, to admit to having an ongoing relationship with Bagwell that began in January 2011, five months after Dr. Brown was charged with twisting her arm.

Since the assault stemmed in part over Rachel's angry suspicion that her husband was having an affair, the jury should have been told that Rachel was herself having an extramarital affair, co-counsel Brian Wice told Hair Balls. (After some initial confusion, Rachel said the affair didn't begin until the same month she filed for divorce, so it's unclear how much weight the relationship would have had anyway).

The Bagwell bombshell followed testimony that kicked off with the jury hearing phone calls Rachel recorded following the August 13, 2010 incident. The tapes revealed that Brown was vacillating between anger/loopiness ("You put your fucking hands, your mind, your brain on me!") to sadness ("You haven't said 'I love you' in a long time'...I can't live up to your standards -- I'm sorry. I'm very sorry.")

For her part, Rachel, sounding measured, offered up things like "You need help, Michael. You're losing control of your life."

DeGuerin spent much of the day trying to paint Rachel as a semi-delusional harpie, prone to panic attacks and fits of jealous rage, living the high life courtesy of her husband, who was but a victim of her feminine wiles. (Remember: the jury wasn't allowed to hear anything about Brown mercilessly beating his previous, pregnant wife with a broken bedpost, and making a truly bizarre video where he put an apparently loaded gun into his mouth, and yakked about how wives need to obey their husbands/owners. Isn't it awesome when you, as a defense attorney, can totally pretend that never happened? Boo-yah!)

To this end, DeGuerin got Rachel to admit that she scratched the words "fuck you" into the hood of Brown's Lamborghini after the incident, and that she takes anti-depressants. (Imagine -- Lexapro and Xanax! How uncommon!)

Although DeGuerin tried to score points by tallying up how much money Brown pays per month on security, private school tuition, domestic staff, child support and other expenses in an apparent suggestion that it's okay to beat your wife as long as you keep her on the dole, that line of questioning didn't seem as strong as when he presented an affidavit of non-prosecution Rachel signed after Brown was charged -- an affidavit wherein Rachel swore that she wished to recant her allegations and have the state drop the charges. On the stand, however, Rachel testified that she believed the affidavit would only prevent her from having to testify and that she never wanted the charges to be dropped.

DeGuerin also grilled Rachel about a phone call to a friend she allegedly made Tuesday, saying she was riddled with guilt for bringing charges against Brown, and wishing he wouldn't be convicted. But Rachel said she only told her friend that she was nervous about having to testify.

We had actually expected harsher grilling, and maybe some sort of breakdown on the stand, but Rachel -- though soft-spoken -- came off strong. Of course, there's only so much to be expected from a trial that hinges on whether a dude pulled a woman's arm kinda hard.

The sad thing is, while most of the trial so far has basically been a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and supremely fucked-up, Rachel's 13-year-old daughter is scheduled to testify tomorrow. (She's Brown's step-daughter). Now that's just not cool.

We remember sitting in a Montgomery County courthouse during Brown's custody battle with his previous wife -- you know, the one he beat the shit out of -- and watching Rachel take the stand to testify, all Stepford-like, on Brown's behalf. A trial in which Brown, in a mortifying attempt to attack his ex-wife's character, had his lawyer show the jury magnified photographs of his daughters' genitalia, saying the girls had been sexually abused by the ex-wife's boyfriend. Rachel knew full well what kind of man she was sticking up for.

And tomorrow, her daughter, who had no say over whether she would be raised by a violent, cocaine-abusing control freak, might be dragged into this repugnant mess, created in part by her mother. That's heartbreaking, and we are in no way looking forward to it.

Check out the Taiwanese-animation video of the Brown story here.


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44 comments
lwood2012
lwood2012

Looks like Erika has been"dating" another man for a year or two who makes Jeff look like a saint.  See Houston social media. Is she even divorced yet. 

andyintexas
andyintexas

Everyone that knew Ericka back in the day knew she was less than "upstanding" her place to hang out with rich old men was the Palms....lets just say she was seen A LOT there trying to find her meal ticket...she finally did when she met Bagwell at the Sage Building.  She dug her claws in and wouldn't let go, even when Bagwell put his hands on her BEFORE they got married.  She knew who she was marring, she married for the money....HE has NEVER been faithful to her, I remember one night out with friends one of his team mates asked "hows your wife" and he responded "Oh that's just a woman I live with, nothing more, we have an understanding"...then he walked off to talk to a beautiful Hispanic lady.  Most of the team members that knew her couldn't stand her.  Funny thing I remember is he would go to the Capital Grill a lot and lets just say he wasn't always with Ericka ...it was truly comical, and poor Ericka never knew she was the joke of the town and still is.....got to feel sorry for her really she's just pathetic.  Hopefully she's setting a better example to her 2 girls on how to be a real lady and not just a pathetic doormat gold-digger...

Npodraza
Npodraza

Bagwell......best Astro ever. One of the best firstbaseman of all time. It was awesome to watch him play the game.

Nonameeamil
Nonameeamil

Do a little more digging, where are the articles on his sex additions and his attempted shooting of his then ex stripper pregnant first or second ex's at the woodlands shopping parking lot?   

BubbaT
BubbaT

Poor Rachel. Doesn't she know, no matter how big your tits are or how much backdoor love you give...when you marry a millionaire he's going to bang other women. When that happens you have a girl's day at Neiman Marcus. Back in the day Houston socialite mothers would train their daughters.

Baggy0505
Baggy0505

So I guess he had a girlfriend also for 11 yrs witch Rachel knew about and didn't care

Bmil128
Bmil128

Can't speak for any infidelity claims but my wife used to wait on him at the Marble Slab in Sugar Land while in high school in the early 90's when he was w/ wife #1 and said he was a first class prick

Tinamarie
Tinamarie

Jeff Bagwell looks like a prehistoric caveman.

Justagrl
Justagrl

Oh isn't it ironic that Rachel Brown supported Michael Brown during his trial for beating his then ex wife Darlina Brown but where is Jeff Bagwell?  He's hiding instead of supporting Rachel.  Nice boyfriend you have there Rachel.  He's a coward to not stand by your side.  What kind of man is that??

Luz Rivera
Luz Rivera

I never cared for Jeff Bagwell-I once read an article where he gloated that his wife Erika fed him grapes by hand and that was his idea of a low key evening.  I guess those days are over!

liz
liz

Wait a minute....weren't both Ericka Bagwell and Rachel Brown supposed to be on the "Real Housewives of Houston"?

Been there
Been there

To a woman  who has lived in fear and suffered abuse from her husband, an arm twist, or a jab, or a shove is terrifying.   It is the whole thing....living in fear, remembering the worst times he hurt her, remembering what he said he would do to her, the look in his face, his rage, thinking about when it will end, ashamed to tell anyone, not knowing where to START to live normal again.  

It does not matter if that woman lives in the Kingwood, Acres Homes, River Oaks, or in Government Housing.  Once she is IN that situation, it is not a matter of just walking away.    She can never, ever just leave.  Money makes things better in some ways, but the basic issues are all the same, no matter the setting.  

Chuck
Chuck

Browns expertise with hands will be useful in TDC.  Bet he can whack off two at the same time without missing a stroke!

Chuck
Chuck

Wow.....so Mikey was getting sloppy seconds behind Bags? Mikey...you never had a chance. Bags is da man....you a boy. Prison is gonna give you an education like you never dreamed of. Bubba gonna teach you all you need to know about being submissive.....if you live through his classes. When you come out, you gonna be a certified "punk from the pen." Enjoy that good life while you can Mikey. Bubba will be waitin on your arrival with a hard on.....all for you! Lets see how well you fight then. What you gonna throw at Bubba....yourself at his feet. This is gonna be fun to follow. By the way...when you're in there just keep thinkin about Bags banging Rachel while Bubba is drivin it home in you. I'm sure Rachel will cherish the thought and Bags will be lovin every minute of it....in your house, in your bedroom, in your bed, in your ex wife!!!!!!

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I was in the outfield bar the year Minute Maid opened up standing behind two businessmen talking about Bagwell. That was back when Bagwell was married to that former Miss Rockwear or whatever they were called back then.  I think her name was Shaun.  Anyway, one guy says, "man, Bagwell is really in a slump this year", to which the other guy replied, "you would be to if your wife was fucking half the team".  I guess Bagwell's heart has never mended.

Craig Malisow
Craig Malisow

The sex addiction/obsession has been briefly covered, but I have no knowledge of him ever being married to a stripper or attempting to shoot anyone in a parking lot. If you have specific knowledge, any info would be appreciated. craig.malisow@houstonpress.com

FATXN
FATXN

 What? You just replied above that YOU are that girlfriend (I assume that's where the "witch" part comes in).....now you're posting about it like you're removed from the situation?? LOL. What in the world is the matter with you?

Kelvin
Kelvin

Actually, he's married to Ericka, and was cheating with one girl " V " for 11 years and then started seeing Rachel. So theoretically he's cheating on wife and mistress. Lmao

Beezer
Beezer

Maybe she doesnt care if he cheats on her as long as she maintains her income status.  Sad but true with alot of women these days.  Hopefully she will have enough self worth to divorce his butt and move on.  It has to be hard on their two daughters seeing this all over the TV.  As for Brown's wife if you ask me, those two deserve each other.

Foxhound522
Foxhound522

Liz: yes according to a Culture Map article posted May last year.

Buddyohpal
Buddyohpal

Is Ericka and Jeff now married anymore?

Guest
Guest

Oh BULL!!!  She's left now hasn't she?  And she'll be even more rich that she is now before it's all over.

Allison
Allison

it is not a matter of just walking away.    She can never, ever just leave. Especially when one considers that spouses are usually killed by their abusive partner when they try to leave.

FATXN
FATXN

Yeah, because some drunk fan in the stands knows what is going on. I can assure you that the story above isn't true....in fact, maybe the reason Jeff and his first wife divorced is because this isn't the first time he's done this. I would wager that the comment by the guy in the stands would be a reference to his soon-to-be ex-wife, Ericka. And Jeff has been seeing a girl named Vivian for years...it looks like they're ALL a mess to me.

Foxhound522
Foxhound522

To Jeauxkewl:Regarding Early Cuyler's comment..Cuyler's is right about the divorce and some bad rumors regarding Shaun.I know this for a fact b/c of my former job.  the exact date and name of venue doesn't negate the entire conversation that man heard.

jeauxkewl
jeauxkewl

Nice try. Bags and Shaune divorced in 1996 according to county records and Minute Maid opened as Enron Field in 2000.

Liquidfish
Liquidfish

What kind of status starved person is Vivian to sleep with another woman's husband for eleven years? What a gross pig if you ask me.

Baggy0505
Baggy0505

I am Vivian and yes we have been seeing each other for 11 years till now

FranPostler421
FranPostler421

People have always made up bad stories about the first wife because shes attractive and everyones jealous.  Ericka is the one who was having affairs during the marriage.

Wyatt
Wyatt

BAM! Facts in your face

theTRUTH
theTRUTH

@Ex- Texas Model  SHE SURE IS

RIP_BUCKY
RIP_BUCKY

I knew Erica when she was dating Bucky. She was a total tramp then and I'm sure she's even a bigger tramp now!

Joey
Joey

Well Jeff is obviously the bigger pig. What kind of "man" cheats on his wife for 11 years?

P3colorblind
P3colorblind

Man fuck u im Pete Rodriguez Erica is my aunt now Bitch some times yea married into money no she always had her own money and if you work in a high class department store your supposed to wait on the people hand and foot so what do you know about where she came from I know exactly where she came on that she never forgot that maybe what you should do is get a life instead of worrying about other peoples truth of the matter is eric I never cheated on Jeff truly waited on him and build him a brand new social status aside from the baseball got him a better deal than he was gonna get to begin with and got him involved in charities in all other kinda great stuff so like you said you're right you don't know what happens behind closed doors but maybe you should look a little bit deeper before you start bashing someone oh and since you're so concerned don't worry she'll be very well lost after the divorce remember this it is what it is you could say what you want but there's always somebody that knows better and I'm listening

aggieland74
aggieland74

People forget that Jeff bailed Ericka out when they met.  She had allegedly embezzled a huge sum of money from a law firm she worked at and Jeff paid the firm to drop it.  If you don't believe me ask attorneys Earle Lilly and Bob Piro.

Hrs4850
Hrs4850

Erica Bagwell married into money and thinks she is hot stuff and can treat working class people like crap.  She got what she deserves.  I work in a store where she struts in and has no regard much less respect for the people who work there. She expects them to wait on her literally hand and foot.  What goes around comes around.  No one knows exactly what goes on behind closed doors, but the attitude I have seen displayed by Erica Bagwell is disgusting.  She better hope she gets enough money out of this deal so she never has to wait on anybody to earn  an income.  She would starve to death if she had to rely on that.  Maybe she should remember where she came from.  Without a husband in her life, she may have time to do that. 

Joey
Joey

And what about Jeff? I guess he doesn't get called any names when he was the one cheating on his wife???!! Y'all are so pathetic.

Joey
Joey

It makes her look bad, but makes Jeff look worse. I mean, he is the married one afterall, isn't he???

Csgjess
Csgjess

Skank, home wrecker!!

RonJohnson
RonJohnson

Vivian, I heard u were at Trulucks last nite with some russian guy

FATXN
FATXN

Oh, I see. You do realize he was married, right? Or does that not matter to you. Why in the world would you trumpet that news around? It makes both of you look bad......but mostly you.

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