Court strikes down key part of Texas’ open meetings law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has struck down a key provision of the state's open meeting laws as "unconstitutionally vague."
Murder conviction upheld of Texas man found with phone data
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has upheld the murder conviction of a man who claimed police violated his rights by using cellphone location data to find him without a warrant.
Appeals court stays convicted killer’s Tuesday execution
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has delayed this week's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 13-month-old daughter during what the couple had said was part of an "exorcism."
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday granted the stay for Blaine Milam. His execution was slated for Tuesday.
Prosecutors ask court to reconsider pay for Texas AG’s case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney prosecuting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on criminal securities fraud charges is asking the state's highest court to reconsider a ruling that has left the future of the case uncertain.
Special prosecutor Brian Wice wants the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to undo a November ruling that essentially denied his team $200,000 they've previously billed.
Paxton was indicted in 2015 on felony charges of duping investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not guilty.
Dallas man cleared in slayings expects to get $2M from state
DALLAS (AP) — A 62-year-old man who spent more than 25 years in a Texas prison before being cleared in the deaths of two people is expecting to receive over $2 million in state compensation for his wrongful conviction.
KXAS-TV reports that it may take several months before Steven Mark Chaney is compensated.
Texas death sentence again thrown out over disability claims
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has again vacated the death sentence of a Dallas man so that a jury can reconsider whether he's intellectually disabled.
The ruling Wednesday marks the second time the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the death sentence of Kenneth Wayne Thomas. He was convicted in 1987 of fatally stabbing Mildred Finch, the wife of Dallas civil rights lawyer Fred Finch, who was also killed in the attack.
Judge clears records of 4 Texas women in sex assault case
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A judge has expunged the criminal records of four Texas women whose sexual assault convictions were overturned on appeal due to faulty expert testimony at their trials.
Ruling throws indicted Texas AG’s case into more uncertainty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fate of the long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has faced securities fraud charges since 2015, was thrown into further uncertainty Wednesday after a court ruled against prosecutors who have threatened to quit if they're not paid.
The decision is a victory for Paxton, a Republican, who was re-elected in November and has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he duped investors in a tech startup.
Appeals court orders new trial for Texas death row inmate
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate because his attorneys ignored his wishes to claim he was innocent and argue that the slayings of his wife and mother-in-law were due to a conspiracy involving a local mayor.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ordered Albert James Turner be retried for the 2009 killings in Rosenberg, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Houston.
Texas prosecutors, death row inmate agree in high court case
HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to determine that a Texas appeals court was wrong to rule that a death row inmate is not intellectually disabled.
The filing Tuesday by the Harris County district attorney's office comes after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in June ruled that Bobby James Moore is mentally capable enough to execute.
Appeals court grants Kwame Rockwell execution stay
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state's top criminal appeals court has granted a stay of next week's execution of a convict whose attorneys assert is not mentally competent to be put to death.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay of Kwame Rockwell's execution, scheduled for Wednesday, and ordered a lower court to appoint at least two mental health experts to examine him.
Texas appeals court puts execution on hold
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal appeals court has put on hold an execution that was scheduled for this week.
Juan Segundo was set to be executed Wednesday for the rape and slaying of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa. He was arrested nearly 19 years after the 1986 crime when a DNA match tied him to the cold case slaying in Fort Worth.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals asked a trial court Wednesday to determine whether a 51-year-old prisoner sentenced to die for a corrections officer's death during a 2007 escape attempt in Huntsville really is volunteering for execution.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to stop the scheduled execution next week of an inmate convicted of fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store owner nearly 14 years ago.
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling refusing DNA testing of additional evidence in the lengthy case of a man condemned for the rape-slaying of a Central Texas woman.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has vacated the convictions of four men in the 1992 shooting deaths of two teens, but rejected their innocence claims.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court narrowly ruled Wednesday that a death row inmate is mentally capable enough to execute, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that his intellectual capacity had been improperly assessed and agreement by his lawyer and prosecutors that he shouldn't qualify for the death penalty.
- Houston ChronicleTexas court strikes down key part of state’s Open Meetings ActFebruary 27, 2019
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- Houston ChronicleHarris County death row inmate’s intellectual disability claim gets another lookNovember 11, 2018
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the 2015 sexual assault conviction of a former Baylor University football player whose case ignited a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said a lower court erred by overturning the conviction of Sam Ukwuachu based on text messages between the victim and a friend that had not been allowed in trial.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The state's top criminal appeals court has blocked the execution of an East Texas man set for later this month for the slaying of a 93-year-old woman during a robbery at her home.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Tuesday sent the case of 34-year-old Clifton Williams back to his Smith County trial court to review whether Williams is intellectually disabled and ineligible for execution.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal Wednesday from a 37-year-old Rio Grande Valley man on death row for stabbing and beheading his common-law wife's three children 15 years ago.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas has overturned the murder conviction of a man who spent 19 years in prison for the stabbing death of a friend.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday overturned the conviction of 44-year-old John Earl Nolley.
This is one editorial in an occasional series that shines a spotlight on the factors that contribute to unequal justice in Bexar County.
Four San Antonio judges will be serving on the newly created Judicial Commission on Mental Health.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to stop the execution later this month of a Fort Worth man on death row for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a children's birthday party a decade ago.
EDINBURG — A man sentenced to death more than a decade ago was given a different type of death sentence Monday: life in prison without parole.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The state's top criminal court has refused to halt next week's scheduled execution of a San Antonio man convicted of killing a 29-year-old Lubbock woman, stuffing her body into a suitcase and then throwing the luggage into the trash.
Removed from death row by appeal, Griffin gets life
BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury has handed a life sentence to a man convicted of killing a woman whose wounded 9-year-old son managed to call a relative for help.
The Brazos County jury resentenced Stanley Griffin on Thursday.
Court rejects appeal from British woman on Texas death row
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday rejected the appeal of a condemned British national who was convicted of arranging the killing of a neighbor so she could take the woman's baby.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the ruling of a lower court, which rejected Linda Carty's arguments that prosecutors had coerced witnesses and improperly hidden information that could have affected the outcome of her capital murder trial.
Texas death row inmate set to die next month gets reprieve
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 36-year-old Texas prisoner set for execution next month for a robbery-slaying in San Antonio 14 years ago has won a reprieve.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sent Juan Castillo's appeal back to his Bexar County trial court to review arguments from defense attorneys that a witness presented false testimony at Castillo's 2005 trial.
Death sentence upheld in Texas prosecutors slayings case
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court Wednesday upheld a former justice of the peace's conviction and death sentence for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors said was a revenge plot that left three people dead.
Texas death row inmate from Dominican Republic loses appeal
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused an appeal from a man from the Dominican Republic on Texas death row for the fatal stabbing of a 6-year-old Houston boy.
The state's highest criminal court ruled Wednesday in the case of 50-year-old Obel Cruz-Garcia.
Cruz-Garcia was convicted in 2013 of the 1992 slaying of Angelo Garcia, who was abducted from a Houston apartment. A woman at the apartment also was raped.
Dallas-area man on death row for killing 2 loses appeal
HOUSTON (AP) — The state's' highest criminal court has rejected an appeal from a Dallas-area man sent to death row for fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her teenage daughter in 2011.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision Wednesday upholds the findings of 44-year-old Tyrone Cade's trial court which held a hearing to review what Cade's lawyers said were 16 errors from his trial in 2012. Most of the arguments centered on whether Cade's trial attorneys were constitutionally deficient.
Alabama man on Texas death row loses appeal
HOUSTON (AP) — The state's top criminal court has rejected a trial court judge's findings and is refusing an appeal from an Alabama man on Texas death row for the slayings of four people in Houston 25 years ago.
Houston “Tourniquet Killer” to die next week loses appeal
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court has refused to block next week's execution of a 55-year-old man who has confessed to strangling four females in Houston.
Attorneys for Anthony Allen Shore told the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals he suffers from brain damage and it would be unconstitutional to execute him Oct. 18.
The court has ruled Shore's appeal is improper and won't consider the merits of the arguments.
Texas death row inmate to get new punishment hearing
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed with a Dallas County state judge's findings and is returning a 38-year-old El Salvadoran man on death row to court for a new punishment hearing.
The state's highest criminal court agreed Wednesday that Hector Medina's trial lawyers were deficient for failing to present a case during the punishment phase of his 2008 trial.
Lawyers in Paxton prosecution say their fight for fees is a matter of ‘justice’
AUSTIN - A trio of attorneys tasked with building a case against Attorney General Ken Paxton haven't been paid in 18 months - and they persuaded the state's highest criminal court there could be a problem with that.
Appeals court orders review in Fort Worth death penalty case
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is asking a Tarrant County trial court to review two of three appeals claims that prompted the state's top criminal court to stop the scheduled May execution of 37-year-old Tilon Carter for the slaying of an 89-year-old man in Fort Worth.
Carter is on death row for 2004 killing of James Tomlin during a robbery at his home.
Court blocks order that voided prosecutor pay in Paxton case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has blocked a lower court's ruling that prevented special prosecutors in Attorney General Ken Paxton's felony securities fraud case from collecting a six-figure payment.
The temporary order late Monday means the prosecutors can now go back before the criminal appeals court for a permanent decision.
In August, the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas voided the prosecutors' $205,000 invoice that dated to early last year.
Court: Texas man can be executed for slaying daughters
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An appeals court has lifted a stay of execution for a Dallas man convicted of fatally shooting his two young daughters 16 years ago while their mother listened helplessly over the phone.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that 62-year-old John Battaglia is competent to be executed. The appeals court is sending the case to the trial court to set an execution date.
Jefferson County Courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger is appealing his 2013 death penalty conviction to the highest court in the nation.
Granger, 46, filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 15, according to court filings.
Texas man out on bond amid wrongful prosecution claim
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man who spent the last three years in prison for the molestation of a 4-year-old boy has been released on bond after his attorneys argued the wrong man had been convicted.
Texas man set to be executed for killing girl gets reprieve
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted next week's scheduled execution of a man condemned for the rape and slaying of an 11-year-old Dallas girl in 2005.
The court said in a brief order Monday it wanted additional review of arguments that 45-year-old Steven Long is mentally impaired. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled mentally impaired people may not be executed.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Video cameras will be mounted inside Texas' highest criminal court this year after legislation passed in May ended the court's no-camera policy.
The Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/2tID2Ex ) reports that the cameras mounted in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin will allow oral arguments to be archived for later viewing and possibly watched live — the details are still being worked out.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge has approved a prosecutor's declaration of innocence for the former owners of a day care who were imprisoned for 21 years for child abuse that involved claims of satanic rituals, officials said Tuesday.
The Gospel compels Christians to speak for those without a voice and to advocate for society’s most vulnerable members, including those with intellectual disability. For this reason, I feel compelled to speak out on behalf of Bobby James Moore, an individual with documented lifelong intellectual disability who has spent the past 37 years on Texas’ death row.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted the scheduled execution next month of a North Carolina parolee convicted of killing a suburban Dallas real estate agent 11 years ago.
Kosoul (Koh-SOOL') Chanthakoummane (Chan-tuh-kool-MAHN') had been set for lethal injection July 19.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday lifted a reprieve it gave a Nicaraguan man a day before he was to be executed two years ago for killing a Houston high school teacher during a 1997 robbery.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stopped this week's scheduled execution of 37-year-old Tilon Carter for the slaying of an 89-year-old man during a robbery at his Fort Worth home.
Carter was set for lethal injection Tuesday evening for the 2004 killing of James Tomlin.
HOUSTON (AP) — The case of a Houston-area man whose life prison sentence for the 1999 killing of his pregnant wife was vacated by an appeals court is expected to be handled by a special prosecutor.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Friday asked that her office be recused from handling the case of David Mark Temple.
He's accused of staging a burglary at his suburban Houston home and fatally shooting his wife, Belinda, because he was having an affair.
HOUSTON (AP) — A man on death row for abducting a sheriff's deputy, keeping him handcuffed inside a patrol car trunk while demanding money from a bank and then killing the officer will serve life in prison instead after Texas' highest criminal court reduced his sentence Wednesday.