COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
Woman's conviction upheld in Oklahoma officer's slaying
The second-degree murder conviction and 25-year prison sentence of a woman in connection with the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma police officer has been upheld by the state Court of Criminal Appeals. Arguments by Brooklyn Williams, 27, of insufficient evidence, improper jury instructions and that her statements to police should have been suppressed were rejected Thursday by the court. Williams was driving a car carrying Byron James Shepard on March 26, 2017, when Tecumseh police Officer Justin Terney stopped her for a traffic violation.news.yahoo.com
Court rules 'Innocent Man' defendant to remain imprisoned
The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that 60-year-old Tommy Ward remain imprisoned while the state appeals the lower court's ruling. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY – A man who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series “The Innocent Man” must remain incarcerated even after a judge ordered his release, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Tommy Ward, 60, to remain imprisoned while the state appeals the lower court’s ruling that he be released. Fontenot, Ward's co-defendant, was ordered released by a federal judge in 2019, and the state is also appealing that order. After the details of both men’s confessions were proven untrue — Haraway’s body was discovered years later in a different location and had been shot to death not stabbed as the pair had said — a state appeals court ordered new trials.
Houston judge Jesse McClure appointed to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals by Gov. Greg Abbott
Jesse McClure, a trial judge on a criminal court in Houston, will join the state’s highest court for criminal matters in the new year. Greg Abbott appointed McClure, a Republican, to the Court of Criminal Appeals, where he will fill a seat being vacated by Judge Michael Keasler. McClure said he’s looking forward to joining the appellate court, where he hopes his experience on the trial bench will serve him well. Best known for its role in death penalty cases, the court is Texas’ last word on criminal matters. A Texas law that requires judges to retire within a few years of turning 75 forced Keasler to step down partway through his six-year term.
DAVID TEMPLE TRIAL: Former football coach accused of killing his pregnant wife in 1999
EMBED >More News Videos David Temple, the Katy man once convicted in the killing of his pregnant wife is free while awaiting the possibility of a new trial. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- David Temple, a former Alief Hastings High School football coach, has been found guilty for a second time, for the murder of his pregnant wife and unborn baby in 1999.Belinda Temple was eight months pregnant when she was shot in the back of the head in the couple's Katy home. The couple also had a 3-year-old son.Testimony revealed Temple was having an affair with a co-worker who later became his wife.Temple was found guilty in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison. But nine years later, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas, threw out the conviction, concluding prosecutors hid or delayed revealing hundreds of pages of evidence to Temple's defense team as he was tried for the murder.The 11 page ruling stated evidence was "...purposely or actively hidden..." which "...handicapped defense counsel's overall performance. ""A prosecutor has a duty to give to the defense any evidence that's favorable to the defense," said Temple's attorney Stanley Schneider in 2016.Schneider had also said there was evidence of another plausible killer other than Temple.David Temple's re-trial got underway in June 2019.On Aug. 6, 2019, David Temple was again found guilty of murder.abc13.com