Texas court rejects reversal of murder conviction
Northeast Texas mom's murder conviction rejection reversed by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a lower appellate court's ruling that threw out the capital murder conviction of a Northeast Texas woman sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 starving and beating death of her adopted son.
The state's highest criminal court Wednesday returned the case of 50-year-old Cynthia Hudson to the 6th Texas Court of Appeals for additional proceedings. The criminal appeals court says the lower court's ruling that jury instructions were improper was based on an incomplete analysis of the case.
Hudson, from Queen City in Cass County, was convicted of the death of her 13-year-old son, Samuel. Evidence showed he had no food for days, was bound with plastic ties and was beaten with a mop handle, a rake and a baseball bat.
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