Kelly Jones has called for an FBI investigation into the professional and legal practices of two court officers who have been involved in her costly and painful custody case and other similar custody proceedings in the Travis County Family Court.
On December 11, 2017, officers from the Travis County Sheriff’s office were called to a home on El Dorado Drive in Austin. Deputies, entering the home too late, found the bodies of a man identified as Yariv Kaplan, 42, and a nine-year-old female child, Lielle Kaplan, both dead of gunshot wounds. Police say that Kaplan’s injuries were self-inflicted. Police concluded that Kaplan shot his daughter and then turned the gun on himself. They categorized the case as an apparent murder-suicide. There are significant questions about why Lielle was in the custody of Yariv Kaplan.
The Times of Israel reported that it was Kaplan’s family in Israel who alerted the police after Kaplan had sent them an email outlining his plan to kill his daughter. They report that Kaplan’s wife was in Israel at the time of the shooting. She has been seeking to arrange funds to bring Lielle back to Israel. After the tragedy, Mrs. Kaplan has been organizing a $70,000 crowdfunding campaign to help fly her body to Israel for burial. According to local news sources, it was Kaplan who was fighting for custody of his daughter.
Kaplan and his wife were engaged in an extended custody battle over the child. The next family court hearing in the Travis County Family Court was set for January. Gilbreath was Kaplan’s lawyer and McMillan was a court-appointed counselor for the child.
Kelly Jones seeks FBI Investigation.
Attorney Jake Gilbreath is a well-known Austin lawyer, partner of the law firm, Walter-Gilbreath. He specializes in high conflict divorce cases. Gilbreath is currently being sued by one of his clients for working in a secret partnership with opposing council and not disclosing it. He was working with opposing council in Kelly Jones’ case while soliciting Kelly as a client.
Susan McMillan, Ph.D. is appointed/suggested repeatedly on high-conflict cases by Jake Gilbreath and other high-dollar Austin attorneys.
Gilbreath and McMillan work together repeatedly in high conflict divorce cases where mental health issues appear to brought forward to create conflict and gaslight to drive up fees. Often these supposed mental health issues appear spurious. Gilbreath was a principle lawyer and McMillan was the court-appointed therapist on Jones’ own case as well. This was the heavily disputed Alex Jones custody battle which went through 39 filings and cost Kelly Jones hundreds of thousands in questionable expert fees. Kelly has maintained that this extended long-term harassment of family court litigants is symptomatic of an abusive system under the regime of family court experts and lawyers. In the Kaplan case, wrong-headed advice and delays might have cost the life of a child and her father.
Winning and Not Winning.
Texas is the only state that permits jury trials in custody cases. Kelly won the verdict in the two-week jury trial when her lawyer, Robert Hoffman effectively trashed all the expert testimony about the psychology of the parent-child relationships. He based his case on the concept of domestic abuse by proxy, which Hoffman argued many experts saw, knew about and ignored it, lied or covered it up. The jury designated Kelly Jones, who had scarcely any visitation time before, as the primary parent. They granted Alex Jones visitation rights.
The judge in the trial, Judge Orlinda Naranjo abused her discretion despite shown abuse and neglect. The children reside primarily with Alex Jones and Kelly was ordered to pay Alex’s attorney and his additional expert fees. There are obvious concerns about leaving children primarily in the care of Alex Jones.