Dan Randal Leach II v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 268th District Court of Fort Bend County
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Opinion issued September 4, 2008
Court of Appeals First District of Texas
DAN RANDALL LEACH, II, Appellant V. THE STATE OF TEXAS, Appellee
On Appeal from the 268th District Court Fort Bend County, Texas Trial Court Cause No. 39739
MEMORANDUM OPINION Appellant, Dan Randall Leach, II, pleaded guilty to murder. The jury
assessed punishment at seventy-five years’ confinement and a $10,000 fine. Leach contends that the court erred in (1) denying his motion to suppress his confession; (2) denying his motion to suppress his statements made to clergy members; (3) denying his motion for change of venue; and (4) denying his challenges for cause during voir dire. We affirm. Background In his videotaped statement to Fort Bend County Sherriff’s deputies, Leach stated that he and the complainant, Ashley Wilson, had dated when they were in high school but the relationship ended when she suffered head injuries in an accident. After high school, Leach entered the air force. When he returned to Texas a few years later, Leach and Wilson reconnected. In late January 2004, Wilson became pregnant with Leach’s child, and when she told him, he began thinking of ways to “deal with it.” No one was aware of Leach and Wilson’s relationship or that Leach was the father of Wilson’s child. Three days after he learned of Wilson’s pregnancy, Leach sneaked out of his parents’ home around 11:00 pm and went to Wilson’s apartment. According to Leach, Wilson was depressed and insecure about the future. Leach convinced Wilson to engage in “pseudo-therapy” with him, in which she would write down all the negative things in her life after which he would show her all the good
things. Leach told Wilson not to include any mention of him. Leach then placed the note at the foot of Wilson’s bed so that it would be found. After Wilson wrote the note, Leach convinced Wilson to put a pillowcase over her head as part of a trust exercise. While her head was covered, Leach grabbed a three-foot long cord with which he intended to strangle her. He then asked Wilson to put her arms under his legs, which made Wilson nervous and agitated. Leach then “executed his plan” and strangled Wilson with the cord. Leach stated that he wrapped his legs loosely around her so that he would not leave any impressions on her body. He strangled her for ten minutes to make sure that she was dead. Leach then positioned her body on the bed to that it would appear that she had tied herself to the bed rails in an attempted or experimental suicide. Leach wiped his fingerprints off everything he might have touched, took Wilson’s front-door key, and left her apartment, locking the door behind him. Sheriff’s deputies initially believed that Wilson had committed suicide and closed the case. After seeing the film “The Passion of Christ,” Leach felt he had been “pricked by God” and needed to face the consequences of killing Wilson. On March 7, 2004, Leach stood before the congregation at his church and stated that he was going on a long journey. When he returned home from church, he
confessed to his parents. His father then called the church elders to the house, and
Leach confessed to them as well. The church elders encouraged Leach to turn himself in to the authorities. Leach, his parents, and the church elders then went to the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, where Leach told the deputies that he wished to make a statement concerning the death of Wilson. After the deputies read Leach his Miranda 1 warnings, Leach decided he wanted to hire a lawyer and left the station. Two days later, Leach returned to the sheriff’s office and made a videotaped confession in which he described killing Wilson. Two weeks after making his confession, Leach was arrested for Wilson’s murder. Motions to Suppress In his first two issues, Leach contends that the trial court erred in denying his motions to suppress (1) his videotaped statement to the sheriff’s deputies and (2) the statements that he made to his church elders. Leach first asserts that his confession was involuntary because the police officers obtained his statement in violation of his right to counsel. Leach also contends that the statements that he made to his church elders were protected under Texas Rule of Evidence 505 because he spoke confidentially with the elders in exchange for spiritual guidance.
Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 444, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 1612 (1966). This federal case is frequently invoked, as it is here, as a shorthand reference to its Texas counterpart, which contains additional safeguards and is codified in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 38.22 (Vernon 2005).
Standard of Review We apply a bifurcated standard of review to motions to suppress, giving almost total deference to the trial court’s determination of historical facts, while reviewing de novo the court’s application of the law. Maxwell v. State, 73 S.W.3d 278, 281 (Tex. Crim. App. 2002). We defer to the trial court’s rulings on “mixed questions of law and fact if the ultimate resolution of those questions turns on an evaluation of credibility and demeanor.” Loserth v. State, 963 S.W.2d 770, 772 (Tex. Crim. App. 1998). “In a motion to suppress hearing, the trial court is the sole trier of fact and judge of the credibility of the witnesses and the weight to be given to their testimony.” State v. Ross, 32 S.W.3d 853, 855 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000); Foster v. State, 101 S.W.3d 490, 495 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2002, no pet.). Accordingly, the trial court may believe or disbelieve all or any part of a witness’s testimony, even if that testimony is not controverted. Ross, 32 S.W.3d at 855. When the trial court files findings of fact with its ruling on a motion to suppress, we do not engage in our own factual review, but determine only whether the record supports the trial court’s fact findings and address only the question of whether the trial court properly applied the law to the facts. Romero v. State, 800 S.W.2d 539, 543 (Tex. Crim. App. 1990). “If the ruling was correct on any theory of law applicable to the case, in light of what was before the trial court at the time
the ruling was made, then we must uphold the judgment.” Sauceda v. State, 129 S.W.3d 116, 120 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004). Motion to Suppress Videotaped Statement As first explained in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 444, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 1612 (1966), an accused has a Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment right to have counsel present during a custodial interrogation. Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477, 482, 101 S. Ct. 1880, 1883 (1981). Unlike the right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment, which attaches automatically, the Fifth Amendment right to counsel will attach only when affirmatively invoked by the accused. See Miranda, 384 U.S. at 473–74, 86 S. Ct. at 1627–28. Such “[a]n invocation must be clear and unambiguous; the mere mention of the word ‘attorney’ or ‘lawyer’ without more, does not automatically invoke the right to counsel.” Dinkins v. State, 894 S.W.2d 330, 351 (Tex. Crim. App. 1995). Rather, the right to counsel is considered invoked when the accused indicates that he wants to speak to an attorney or have an attorney present during questioning. Lucas v. State, 791 S.W.2d 35, 45 (Tex. Crim. App. 1989). Generally, when a person accused of a crime requests counsel, interrogation of that person must cease until he has obtained a lawyer to assist him. See Muñiz v. State, 851 S.W.2d 238, 252 (Tex. Crim. App. 1993). However, when the person
subsequently reinitiates communication with the police and validly waives his right to counsel, then the original election is countermanded and police interrogation may resume. Cross v. State, 144 S.W.3d 521, 529 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004). Under a two-step procedure to determine whether a suspect has waived his previously invoked right to counsel, “[t]he first step requires proof that the suspect himself initiate[d] further communication with authorities after invoking [his] right to counsel. The second step requires proof that, after he reinitiates communication with the authorities, the suspect validly waives the right to counsel. Once the twostep waiver requirement is shown, the suspect has countermanded his original election to speak to authorities only with assistance of counsel [and] [t]he Edwards rule is fully satisfied.” Id. at 527 (citing Oregon v. Bradshaw, 462 U.S. 1039, 1044–46, 103 S. Ct. 2830, 2834–35 (1983)). Analysis The trial court entered extensive findings of fact and conclusions of law to support its ruling denying Leach’s motion to suppress. See Cullen v. State, 195 S.W.3d 696, 698 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006) (requiring that a trial court state findings of fact and conclusions of law concerning the voluntariness and admissibility of a defendant’s statement). findings. The evidence in the record supports the trial court’s
On March 7, 2004, Leach arrived at the sheriff’s office on his own initiative to make a statement regarding Wilson’s murder. At that time, the sheriff’s office was not investigating Wilson’s death. After Leach informed them that he wanted to discuss Wilson’s death, the deputies read Leach his Miranda warnings. See Miranda, 384 U.S. at 473–74, 86 S. Ct. at 1627–28; TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 38.22 (Vernon 2005). Leach indicated that he did not want to give a statement without a lawyer present. The deputies informed Leach that an attorney could not be appointed for him until he provided enough information to reopen the case which would lead to his indictment and arrest, at which time the court would determine if he were indigent. Leach then told the deputies that he would call them when he decided what he wanted to do, and he left the sheriff’s office with his family. Leach testified that he and his family looked for an attorney but were unable to find one whom they could afford. There are “four general situations [that] may constitute custody: 1) when the suspect is physically deprived of his freedom in any significant way; 2) when a law enforcement officer tells a suspect he cannot leave; 3) when law enforcement officers create a situation that would lead a reasonable person to believe that his freedom of movement has been significantly restricted; and 4) when there is probable cause [for] arrest and law enforcement officers do not tell the suspect that
he is free to leave.” Dowthitt v. State, 931 S.W.2d 244, 255 (Tex. Crim. App. 1996); see also California v. Beheler, 463 U.S. 1121, 1125, 103 S. Ct. 3517, 3520 (1983) (explaining that “the ultimate inquiry is simply whether there is ‘formal arrest or restraint on freedom of movement’ of the degree associated with a formal arrest”). None of these situations applied when Leach first went to the sheriff’s office: Leach’s freedom of movement was not restricted in any way, he was allowed to leave when he chose, and the officers did not have probable cause for an arrest. Because Leach was not in custody at that time, he was not entitled to Miranda protection, and thus, the deputies were not required to provide Leach counsel. Leach voluntarily returned to the sheriff’s office two days later, after his minister called him and suggested he talk with the detectives again. When Leach arrived, Detective Kubricht took him into an interview room and began videotaping the interview, at the beginning of which Kubricht re-read Leach his Miranda warnings. Specifically, Detective Kubricht advised: “[Y]ou have the right to remain silent and not make any statement at all and any statement that you make may be used as evidence against you at your trial. Any statement may be used as evidence against you in court. You have the right to have a lawyer present to advise you prior to and during any questioning. If you’re unable to employ a
lawyer you have a right to have a lawyer appointed to advise you prior to and during any questioning, and you have the right to terminate this interview at any time.” Leach stated that he did not have any questions about his rights and signed a card stating that he received the warning and that he chose to voluntarily waive his rights. Assuming without deciding that Leach was in custody during his second interview and Miranda therefore applied, Leach waived his previously-asserted right to counsel when he initiated the second interview with the sheriff’s office and then voluntarily waived his right to counsel. See Cross, 144 S.W.3d at 529. Though Leach waived his right to counsel, he asserts that the reason he confessed was that the deputies told him that he could receive court-appointed counsel only after they had sufficient evidence to indict him, and he therefore had no choice but to incriminate himself. Thus, he contends that his statement was made
involuntarily. In support of his position, he cites article 38.21 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Mason v. State, 116 S.W.3d 248, 260 (Tex. App.— Houston [14th Dist.] 2003, pet. ref’d) (noting that “statement is involuntary and thus inadmissible, if it is induced by a promise that is (1) of some benefit to the defendant; (2) positive; (3) made or sanctioned by someone in authority; and (4) of such a character as would likely influence the defendant to speak untruthfully”).
Leach further claims that he asked the detectives whether anything had changed in regard to obtaining a court-appointed attorney prior to giving his statement. Kubricht testified, however, that Leach indicated that he wished to speak to counsel only during his first visit to the sheriff’s office. In addition, Detective Fontenot testified that Leach never mentioned an attorney on his second trip to the sheriff’s office. The videotape of the interview corroborates the detectives’
testimony that they informed Leach of his right to counsel before he gave his statement, and Leach voluntarily waived his rights and never requested counsel. As the sole judge of the credibility of the witnesses, the trial court could have believed Kubricht’s and Fontenot’s testimony over Leach’s testimony and thus concluded that Leach made the statement voluntarily in compliance with article 38.21. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. art. 38.21 (Vernon 2006). The videotaped interview shows only that Leach voluntarily waived his right to counsel, and nothing in the record suggests that he was coerced into doing so. Mann therefore is not applicable. Consequently, we hold that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Leach’s motion to suppress his statement. 2
Leach also asks that we extend Miranda “for persons like Appellant who desire to make an incriminating statement to the police to make such decision intelligently and knowingly.” Here, however, the record clearly shows that although Leach was not in custody when he twice went to the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, the deputies advised him of his legal rights on both occasions.
Motion to Suppress Statement to Church Elders Rule of Evidence 505 provides that “[a] person has a privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent another from disclosing a confidential communication by the person to a member of the clergy in the member’s professional character as spiritual advisor.” TEX. R. EVID. 505(b). “A ‘member of the clergy’ is a minister, priest, rabbi, accredited Christian Science Practitioner, or other similar functionary of a religious organization or an individual reasonably believed to be by the person consulting with such individual.” Id. 505(a)(1). “A communication is
‘confidential’ if made privately and not intended for further disclosure except to other persons present in furtherance of the purpose of the communication.” Id. 505(a)(2). The privilege therefore arises when a person makes a communication with a reasonable expectation of confidentiality to a member of the clergy acting in his or her professional spiritual capacity. Nicholson v. Wittig, 832 S.W.2d 681, 685 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 1992, orig. proceeding). The Texas rule does not require that the communication be made to a clergy member who, “under the discipline or [tenets] of his church, denomination, or organization, has a duty to keep such communications secret.” Compare TEX. R. EVID. 505, with Gonzalez v. State, 21 S.W.3d 595, 597 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2000) (applying the California clergy privilege statute), aff’d, 45 S.W.3d 101 (Tex. Crim. App. 2001).
During a church service, Leach stood up and announced to the entire congregation that he was going on a long journey and did not know where it would end. Later that day, Leach met with the clergy elders and confessed that he had committed a murder. Two days later after this confession, Leach went to the sheriff’s office and confessed to Wilson’s murder. A former elder of Leach’s church testified that the Church of Christ does not have a doctrine that confessions will be kept confidential. Leach’s father testified that a member of the
congregation can confess to an elder, and the elder will stand up and tell the congregation what he has confessed, and they will all pray together. Leach’s father further stated that no communication is private unless requested. One of the elders of the church testified that Leach never told him that he wanted his communication to be kept private. In addition, Leach’s mother and father both testified that Leach never expressly indicated that he wanted his statements to the clergy to be kept private. Leach’s mother also testified that Leach “knew when he told us what had happened that it was no longer going to be private once it got out.” In light of the evidence, the trial court could have disbelieved Leach’s testimony that he intended the communication to be confidential. We thus hold that the trial court did not abuse its discretion. 3
We note that even if the trial court did abuse its discretion, it was harmless error because Leach went to the sheriff’s office on his own initiative two days after speaking
Change of Venue In his third point of error, Leach asserts that the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion for change of venue. Standard of review We review the denial of a motion to change venue for an abuse of discretion. Dewberry v. State, 4 S.W.3d 735, 744 (Tex. Crim. App. 1999); see DeBlanc v. State, 799 S.W.2d 701, 705 (Tex. Crim. App. 1990). We will not reverse a trial court’s ruling on a motion to change venue if the ruling was within the realm of reasonableness, given the facts presented to the trial court. Powell v. State, 898 S.W.2d 821, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1994). Change of Venue The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provides that: (a) A change of venue may be granted in any felony or misdemeanor case punishable by confinement on the written motion of the defendant, supported by his own affidavit and the affidavit of at least two credible persons, residents of the county where the prosecution is
with the elders and confessed to the murder in much greater detail than what he had told the elders. See In re E.C.D., No. 04-05-00391-CV, 2007 WL 516137 at *3 (Tex. App.— San Antonio Feb. 21, 2007, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) (finding that appellant failed to show that he was harmed by the admission of testimony because he had made similar statements to four other witnesses); see also Martinez v. State, No. 13-01-379-CR, 2002 WL 1860301 at *1 n.7 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Aug. 15, 2002, no pet.) (not designated for publication) (noting that admission of appellant’s statements to clergyman was harmless because “significantly more inculpatory evidence was received by way of the admission of appellant’s written confession which was far more detailed”).
instituted, for either of the following causes, the truth and sufficiency of which the court shall determine: (1) That there exists in the county where the prosecution is commenced so great a prejudice against him that he cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial . . . . TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 31.03(a)(1) (Vernon Supp. 2008). “A defendant seeking a change of venue bears a heavy burden to prove the existence of prejudice in the community and that the likelihood of obtaining a fair and impartial jury is doubtful.” Amie v. State, 89 S.W.3d 670, 672 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2002, no pet); Powell v. State, 898 S.W.2d 821, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1994). Further, to satisfy this burden, the appellant must be able to demonstrate an actual and identifiable prejudice on the part of the members of his jury and must show that the prejudice has so permeated the community that perspective jurors’ prejudicial opinions cannot be set aside. Amie, 89 S.W.2d at 672; Moore v. State, 935 S.W.2d 124, 129 (Tex. Crim. App. 1996). A change of venue is required only where pretrial publicity is so “pervasive and prejudicial as to create a reasonable probability that an impartial jury cannot be impaneled even with the most careful voir dire.” Amie, 89 S.W.3d at 672, Narvaiz v. State, 840 S.W.2d 415, 428 (Tex. Crim. App. 1992). “The mere fact that a crime was publicized in the news media does not establish prejudice or require a change of venue per se.” Willingham v. State, 897 S.W.2d 351, 357 (Tex. Crim. App.
Additionally, due process is not violated if jurors come with some
knowledge as to the facts of the case. Narvaiz, 840 S.W.2d at 428; see also Bell v. State, 938 S.W.2d 35, 46 (Tex. Crim. App. 1996). When this occurs, due process is satisfied as long as the venire members provide acceptable assurances that they can try the case strictly on the evidence. Amie, 89 S.W.3d at 672; Penry v. State, 903 S.W.2d 715, 728 (Tex. Crim. App. 1995). Analysis Leach sought a change of venue due to the pretrial publicity his case had received. He believed that because he had been touted a “confessed murderer,” he had been deprived of the presumption of innocence. In support of his motion, Leach filed supporting affidavits from Raymond and Don Maimes, and called to the stand three supporting witnesses: Bo Randall, Raymond Maimes, and Don Maimes. Although defense counsel recalled prior conversations with Randall that reflected an attitude that Leach could not obtain a fair trial in the current venue, Randall testified that she believed Leach would be able to obtain a fair trial despite the media attention. Raymond Maimes, a member of Leach’s church, testified that he recalled reading newspaper articles labeling Leach as “killer Dan Leach” and reading reports that stated that Leach had confessed to the crimes. Raymond
further testified that in his opinion, “the publicity, both on TV and in the newspapers, [has] presented the news in such a way that they have convicted [Leach] already.” Because Don Maimes arrived late to court, and because his testimony would have been similar to that of Raymond Maimes, the State stipulated to the contents of his testimony. Based upon the record, Leach did not meet his heavy burden of showing both the existence of actual prejudice and the inability to obtain a fair trial in the current venue. Normal media coverage is to be expected when a crime of this nature occurs, and jurors do not have to be completely ignorant of the facts of a case so long as they can try the case solely on the evidence presented. See Narvaiz, 840 S.W.2d at 428. Randall, a resident of the area and one of Leach’s own witnesses, testified that in her opinion, Leach could obtain a fair trial and that she would be able to decide his guilt or innocence based only upon the evidence presented. Further, the evidence presented by Raymond Maimes merely suggested prejudice in the media but nothing about the community nor did it suggest that Leach’s ability to receive a fair trial was doubtful. In addition, when counsel asked the venire members if they could try the case on the evidence alone, jurors 20, 23, and 30 stated that they had never heard about the case. The remaining impaneled venire members all stated that they had heard about the case, but would be able to
set aside any opinions that they may have formed. The venire members who answered that they could not set aside their preconceived opinions did not serve on the jury. Because the jurors, as well as a member of the community, stated that they could be impartial in deciding Leach’s guilt, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Leach’s change of venue. Challenges for Cause In his fourth point of error, Leach asserts that the trial court erred in denying his challenges for cause of jurors who stated that they (1) could not consider the full range of punishment, including probation, and (2) came to court with preconceived notions detrimental to Leach. The State responds that Leach has not preserved error. Preservation of Error To preserve error with respect to a trial court’s denial of a challenge for cause, an appellant must: (1) assert a clear and specific challenge for cause; (2) use a peremptory strike on the complained-of venire member; (3) exhaust his peremptory strikes; (4) request additional peremptory strikes; (5) identify an objectionable juror; and (6) claim that he would have struck the objectionable juror with a peremptory strike if he had one to use. Allen v. State, 108 S.W.3d 281, 282 (Tex. Crim. App. 2003) (citing Nelson v. State, 848 S.W.2d 126, 134 (Tex. Crim.
App. 1992), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 830 (1993)). During voir dire, Leach asked the venire members if they could consider probation for someone they convicted of murder. Leach challenged several jurors for cause based upon their negative answer to his question, including juror numbers 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, and 30. Leach also asked the venire members if they had arrived at court with a preconceived notion that he has one strike against him. The jurors that answered affirmatively were juror numbers 6, 12, 13, 14, 17, 21, 29, 34, 37, 38, 40, 43, 46, 47, 48, 56, 57, 66, 69, and 75. The trial court granted challenges for cause against juror numbers 2, 9, 10, 12, 34, and 37. After the trial court denied his challenges for cause against the
remaining jurors, Leach used his peremptory challenges against juror numbers 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Leach therefore presented a clear and specific challenge for cause and used and exhausted his peremptory strikes against the complained-of jurors. Leach thus satisfied the first three parts of the Allen test. See Allen, 108 S.W.3d at 282. The State misconstrues this part of the test and asserts that Leach did not preserve error because he did not peremptorily strike juror numbers 20, 23, and 30. Leach’s contention on appeal, however, is not that the trial court erred in denying his challenges to cause against jurors 20, 23, and 30—the jurors who remained on
the panel. Rather, Leach asserts that the trial court erred in denying his challenges for cause to all the jurors who answered that they could not consider probation. This included jurors 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, on whom Leach exercised his peremptory strikes. Of these, juror numbers 6, 13, and 17 also answered that they had arrived at court with preconceived notions about Leach’s guilt—the alternative ground on which Leach challenged them for cause. When the trial court denied Leach’s challenges for cause of these jurors, Leach had to use his peremptory strikes to remove them, which prevented him from using those peremptory strikes on other objectionable jurors, such as jurors 20, 23, and 30, who sat on the jury. Following submission of his strike list, Leach requested ten additional peremptory strikes, which the trial court denied. The State contends that Leach’s request for additional strikes was untimely. 4 We agree. Leach should have
requested additional strikes and identified objectionable jurors prior to submission of each side’s strike lists at which point “the trial court could have examined appellant’s strike list, reconsidered denial of the challenge for cause, and granted
As support, the State cites Contreras v. State, 56 S.W.3d 274, 277–78 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, pet. ref’d). Contreras, however, held that because the parties and the trial court had agreed that challenges for cause were to be made when they became apparent, the trial court did not err in refusing to consider appellant’s challenges for cause that were made at the conclusion of voir dire. In this case, the State is contending that Leach did not timely request additional peremptory strikes, not that Leach untimely challenged the jurors for cause.
the request for another peremptory strike.” McBean v. State 167 S.W.3d 334, 339 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2004, no pet.) (holding that appellant did not preserve error on challenge for cause issue because he failed to timely (1) advise the trial court that he had actually used a peremptory challenge to strike objectionable juror and had used all his other peremptory challenges, (2) request an additional peremptory challenge and (3) identify a specific objectionable juror that he would strike if given an additional peremptory challenge because he made these requests after the parties’ peremptory strikes had been used and the jury members disclosed); cf. Tillman v. State, No. 14-98-01233-CR, 2001 WL 543666 at *1–4 (Tex. App.— Houston [14th Dist.] May 24, 2001, pet. ref’d) (not designated for publication) (holding that appellant preserved error even though he did not request additional peremptory strikes until after jury was seated because appellant told trial court that he was going to request additional peremptory strikes after jury had been announced but prior to them being sworn in, trial court accepted this manner, and state did not object). Because Leach failed to preserve error, we do not consider the merits of this issue.
Conclusion We hold that the trial court did not err in denying Leach’s motions to suppress, his motion for change of venue, or his challenges for cause during voir dire. We therefore affirm the judgment of the trial court.
Jane Bland Justice
Panel consists of Chief Justice Radack and Justices Jennings and Bland. Do not publish. TEX. R. APP. P. 47.4.