There, Sera owned and operated Chandler Lumber Company, named after his daughter.
After hearing of the closing of a lumber mill in Warren, Arkansas, Sera began visiting Warren to explore purchasing the property.
Throughout the trial, the facts surrounding this trip are referred to as the “Monticello incident.” Deal agreed and dropped her children off at her cousin's house.
According to Deal, the next thing she clearly remembered was going to her cousin's house to pick up her children.
Deal testified that from that point she did not remember much of the remainder of the trip back from Monticello.
Sera later told her she consumed two or three more of the beers on the way back.
Toward the end of August or early September, during one of Sera's visits to Warren to set up the mill, he and a friend went out one night to a local Warren bar called Spanky's. She stated that Sera began calling her at work to ask her out.
While there, Sera met Deal, and the two spoke for several minutes. Initially, she did not accept the invitations, but eventually agreed to date, believing that he was divorced.
Sera eventually bought the property and started a mill division of his company in Warren.