Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Decisions 2016

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Cary v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0445-15

Justia Opinion Summary: David Cary was convicted by a jury of six counts of bribery, one count of money laundering, and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. His punishment was given fourteen years’ confinement on each count to...

Bailey v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1087-15

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted appellant LaJuan Bailey of felony failure to appear/bail jumping because she failed to appear as required for a pretrial court setting. The jury assessed punishment at ten years' imprisonment and a $10,0...

Cary v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1341-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Stacy Cary was convicted by a jury of six counts of bribery, one count of money laundering, and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. Her sentence was probated, but she was ordered to serve 30 d...

Bullock v. Texas (original by judge alcala)  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1453-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Henry Bullock, Jr. was convicted by a jury of theft of a furniture delivery truck, a third-degree felony. In his sole ground in his petition for discretionary review, appellant contended that the court of appea...

Ex parte Patrick Taylor Shay (original by judge keasler)  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: WR-84,007-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea bargain, Patrick Shay was convicted of improper photography or visual recording and sentenced to two years’ confinement, the maximum confinement permitted for the state-jail felony. In consideration fo...

Love v. Texas (original by judge yeary)  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: AP-77,024

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2013, a jury convicted appellant Albert Love, Jr. of capital murder for the 2011 murders of Keenan Hubert and Tyus Sneed during the same criminal transaction. He received the death penalty. Appellant raised eleve...

Henry v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0511-15

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Appellant Alvin Henry Jr. of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. At the punishment stage of trial, the jury found that Henry was previously convicted of two felony offenses, resulting in an enhanced sen...

Henry v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0511-15

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Appellant Alvin Peter Henry Jr. of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. At the punishment stage of trial, the jury found that Henry was previously convicted of two felony offenses, resulting in an enhanc...

Asberry v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1409-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Damon Asberry was charged with a murder that occurred in 2003, indicted in 2007, and convicted by a jury in 2008. In preparation for trial, some items of evidence had been subjected to DNA testing. Appellant ar...

Miles v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0848-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kojuan Miles was convicted of the sexual assault and compelled prostitution of a fifteen-year-old complainant. The jury assessed punishment at seven and twenty-three years’ incarceration respectively. The trial...

Thomas v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1086-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jeremy Thomas, was tried for the murder of Vernon Keith Moses. While the jurors were deliberating guilt, they requested that the court read to them a portion of a witness’s testimony which the trial court allow...

Ex parte David Lea (original by judge hervey)  
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Number: WR-82,867-01

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, appellant David Lea was sentenced to two years’ confinement for his conviction on child pornography charges. On counts two and three, he was sentenced to ten years, which was probated for ten years. Four years l...

Balderas v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: AP-77,036

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2014, a jury convicted Juan Balderas of capital murder committed in December 2005, for which he received the death sentence. Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals was automatic; Balderas raised nine issues...

Schunior v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0526-15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Appellee Victor Manuel Schunior, Jr. was indicted on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all of which arose out of a single incident. According to the indictment, the counts occurred on or ar...

Sepeda v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: WR-34,095-24

Justia Opinion Summary: Antonio Sepeda applied for the writ of habeas corpus, arguing that his due process rights were denied when a letter denying him parole did not comply with Texas Government Code section 508.1411. After ordering briefing o...

Ex parte Garcia Glen White (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: WR-48,152-08

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant Garcia White was sentenced to death. In a subsequent habeas application, applicant claimed that, if certain newly discovered scientific evidence had been available at trial, it would likely have changed the jur...

Metts v. Texas (original by judge yeary)  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: PD-1054-15, PD-1055-15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Appellant Anthony Metts pled guilty to two charges of sexual assault of a child and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for each offense. Before Appellant entered his plea, he and a prosecu...

Walker v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: PD-1430-14, PD-1429-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Kenneth and Shelley Walker were charged with and convicted of causing injury to a child when they were alleged to have immersed their granddaughter's feet in scalding hot water, causing her to suffer second-de...

Moore v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1634-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Aaron Moore was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Although he was 16 years old at the time of the offense, charges were not filed until after his 18 birthday. Because Appellant was over 18 year...

Texas v. Copeland (original by judge hervey)  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1549-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Shirley Copeland was charged with possession of a dangerous drug after police searched the vehicle she was in and found prescription pain medication in a plastic bag. She filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the sear...

Texas v. Copeland (original by judge hervey)  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1549-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Shirley Copeland was charged with possession of a dangerous drug after police searched the vehicle she was in and found prescription pain medication in a plastic bag. She filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the sear...

Texas v. Cortez (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1652-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Holding that a traffic stop was illegal, the trial court granted a motion to suppress. One of the State’s arguments on appeal was that, if the police officer was mistaken about whether appellee Jose Cortez had committed...

Wright v. Texas (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1137-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sir Melvin Wright, Jr. was indicted for failing to register as a sex offender. On direct appeal from the revocation of “regular” community supervision, appellant contended that his sentence was illegal. He argu...

Morgan v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0758-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dewan Morgan was convicted of burglary of a habitation and sentenced to sixteen years’ imprisonment. Concluding that the evidence was insufficient to support the jury finding that Appellant entered a habitation...

Drummond v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1238-15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Civil Rights Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office received a complaint alleging that appellee Jimmy Drummond, a sergeant in the Harris County Constable’s Office, engaged in official oppre...

Texas v. Hill (original by judge richardson)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0022-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Albert G. Hill III and his wife Erin were indicted in 2011 for making false and misleading written statements to Omni American Bank when procuring a $500,000 home-equity loan in 2009. Within six months, the Stat...

Stevenson v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0122-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Eric Stevenson was convicted by jury of three counts of violating a sexually violent predator civil-commitment order. On appeal, Stevenson argued: that the trial court lacked jurisdiction; the judge erred in denying his...

Furr v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0212-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Chris Furr was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police found heroin on him while patting him down for weapons. He moved to suppress, arguing that he was illegally stopped and frisked. The...

Totten v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0483-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals held that, because there was a factual dispute whether the vehicle appellant Ruben Totten was riding in and pulled over was the same vehicle involved in a traffic violation, the trial judge erred in...

Tate v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0730-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Dallas Carl Tate was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years’ confinement. The court of appeals reversed his conviction, holding that there was insufficient evidence to prove that...

Ex parte Harvin (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: WR-72,328-03

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant Clifton Harvin was placed on deferred adjudication for aggravated sexual assault. He tried unsuccessfully to have his community supervision terminated early, and he was later adjudicated guilty. Prior to applic...

Byrd v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0213-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The facts of this case were similar to those in "Ex Parte Wrigley," (178 S.W.3d 828 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005)) except for one important twist: in this case appellant was sentenced on the second offense before his parole on...

Sanchez v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0372-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Luis Sanchez was charged with the third-degree felony of assaulting an individual with whom he “has or has had” a dating relationship. The indictment alleged that appellant knowingly or recklessly impeded the n...

Clement v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0681-15

Justia Opinion Summary: After his motion to suppress was denied, appellant David Clement, Jr. was found guilty of felony driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to four years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal...

Texas v. Sutton (original by judge richardson)  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1051-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Christopher Sutton was charged with having an improper relationship between educator and student. The complaint alleged appellant was an employee of Caney Creek High School (CCHS) when he engaged in the sexual...

Williams v. Texas (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1124-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to agreement, appellant James Williams pled guilty to two felony offenses. In addition to the written terms of the plea agreement, the parties orally agreed to a statement made by defense counsel. This statement...

Jenkins v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: AP-77,022

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2013, a jury convicted appellant Willie Jenkins of capital murder for aggravated rape in November 1975. He was given the death sentence. In this automatic appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals, he raised ninete...

Henley v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0257-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gregory Henley was found guilty by a jury of misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member. He was sentenced to confinement for 200 days. On appeal, he contended that the trial court excluded ev...

Texas v. Robinson (original by judge newell)  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0974-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Olin Robinson, and his wife, Floria were tried together for offenses arising out of a traffic stop. Deputy Bobby Doelitsch activated his overhead lights after he observed a vehicle fail to stop completely at a s...

Duran v. Texas (original by judge newell)  
Date: June 22, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0429-15

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the victim, Gonzalo Gonzalez, threw something at Appellant Francisco Duran, Jr. and his friends. Later that same day, Appellant and his friends retaliated by breaking into Gonzalo’s apartment and throwing a...

Anthony v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: June 15, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0290-15

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, John Anthony pleaded guilty to an indictment alleging aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than fourteen years old in exchange for the State’s recommendation for deferred-adjudication community supervisi...

Dabney v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: June 8, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1514-14

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Appellant Ronnie Dabney guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine, and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He appealed the conviction, arguing that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of a prior un...

Smith v. Texas (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: June 8, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1615-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of driving while intoxicated. His conviction was based in part upon evidence obtained as a result of a warrantless mandatory blood draw. The court of appeals reversed appellant’s conviction on the...

Ex parte West (original by judge newell)  
Date: June 8, 2016
Docket Number: WR-78,439-02

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant was the ringleader of a group that burglarized dozens of apartments and condominiums in and around the Uptown area of Dallas in 2007 and 2008. A jury convicted Applicant of engaging in organized criminal activi...

Cole v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0077-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Cole moved to suppress the results of a warrantless blood draw at his trial for intoxication-manslaughter. Holding that the record did not establish exigent circumstances, the court of appeals reversed the trial c...

Cole v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0077-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Steven Cole was tried for manslaughter. The judge overruled Cole's motion to suppress evidence obtained by a warrantless blood draw. Holding that the record did not establish exigent circumstances, the court of...

Weems v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0635-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Weems moved to suppress the results of a warrantless blood draw at his trial for felony driving-while-intoxicated. The request was denied, but the court of appeals reversed. The appellate court held, among other t...

Johnson v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1496-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Joe Johnson was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. On direct appeal, Johnson claimed that the trial court erred in excluding eviden...

London v. Texas (original by judge newell)  
Date: May 18, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0480-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Two days after appellant Joshua London’s arrest for possession of a controlled substance, the trial court found him indigent and appointed counsel to represent him. London was convicted of possession of cocaine after ple...

GARZA, RODOLFO Appeal from 130th District Court of Matagorda County (other per curiam)
Date: May 4, 2016
Docket Numbers: WR-82,771-01, WR-82,771-02, WR-82,771-03, WR-82,771-04, WR-82,771-05
Ex parte Valdez (original by judge newell)  
Date: May 4, 2016
Docket Number: WR-82,807-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant was convicted of misdemeanor assault and placed on community supervision. He appealed that conviction, and the court of appeals affirmed. The Court of Criminal Appeals filed and set this application for an orig...

In re Luis Solis-Gonzalez (original per curiam)  
Date: May 4, 2016
Docket Number: WR-82,831-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator Luis Solis-Gonzalez was indicted by grand jury for capital murder. The State move for and was granted DNA testing of biological material that had been collected in the case. Because of the large number of pieces...

Texas v. Ambrose (original by judge alcala)  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0143-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Cynthia Ambrose was a former kindergarten teacher who was convicted by jury of misdemeanor official oppression. At trial, a purported accomplice, Ramirez, testified. After the jury found her guilty, Ambrose file...

Texas v. Simpson (original by judge newell)  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0599-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Mark Twain Simpson entered an open plea of guilty to second-degree felony robbery and true to an enhancement provision alleging one prior conviction for aggravated robbery. The trial court found Simpson guilty,...

Hopkins v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0794-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Essie Hopkins was found guilty of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The State sought to enhance Appellant’s punishment under the habitual-offender statute with two prior aggravated assault convictions. A...

Darcy v. Texas (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1094-15

Justia Opinion Summary: At trial, defense counsel learned about a possible right-to-counsel violation that occurred before trial. Evidence involving and relating to the alleged violation was admitted at trial, but counsel did not complain until...

Schlittler v. Texas (original by judge alcala)  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1505-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant David Schlittler challenged the statute under which he was convicted, arguing the statute was unconstitutional as applied to him. The statute defined the offense of Improper Contact with a Victim under Texas Pe...

Leming v. Texas (original by judge yeary)  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0072-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Leming pled guilty to, and was convicted of, the offense of driving while intoxicated, a felony for him because he had two prior DWI convictions. The trial court assessed his punishment at ten years’ inca...

Texas v. Huse (original by judge yeary)  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0433-14

Justia Opinion Summary: In a prosecution for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, the State obtained evidence of Appellee Hayden Huse's blood-alcohol concentration by issuing a grand jury subpoena for his hospital medical records. The trial c...

Wood v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0061-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Carlton Wood was found guilty of evading arrest and the trial court found that the enhancement alleged in the indictment was “true.” Appellant was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. He appealed, arguing tha...

Jones v. Texas (original by judge alcala)  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0587-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Andrew Jones appealed the court of appeals’ dismissal of his appeal for want of jurisdiction. In particular, appellant contended that because the trial court’s certification of the right of appeal was defective...

Elizondo v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1039-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jose Elizondo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent, while off duty, shot and killed Fermin Limon Sr. Elizondo claimed self-defense, but the jury convicted him of murder, and he was sentenced to twenty-fi...

Ex parte Saenz (original by judge alcala)  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: WR-80,945-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant Heriberto Saenz filed an "amended" application for habeas relief from his convictions for murder and aggravated assault. He claimed he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. In particular, Applicant...

Brodnex v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1087-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Ike Brodnex was charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance after he was stopped by police and found to be carrying crack cocaine. Appellant filed a pretrial motion to...

Skinner v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: AP-77,046

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Henry Skinner was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and her two sons in the home that they shared. On direct appeal, his conviction was affirmed. Subsequent to his co...

Harkcom v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0180-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Patricia Harkcom was charged with possession of one gram or less of methamphetamine. The Court of Appeals determined it lacked jurisdiction and dismissed her appeal. Appellant petitioned the Court of Criminal A...

Cameron v. Texas (original by judge hervey)  
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1427-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty of murder for killing her former boyfriend. She appealed, arguing that her right to a public trial was violated. The Fourth Court of Appeals agreed and reversed her conviction, holding that App...

Vasquez v. Texas (other by presiding judge keller)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0078-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Criminal Appeals granted the State’s petition for discretionary review to determine whether appellant Jose Vasquez preserved his objection to the two-step nature of his custodial interrogation when he lodged...

Nixon v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0852-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Reginald Nixon was charged in separate indictments with the offenses of burglary of a habitation and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. The indictments were consolidated and tried before a jury. Nixon pleaded gu...

Ex parte James Richard "Rick" Perry (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1067-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The charges against appellant James Richard “Rick” Perry arose from actions taken while he was governor of the State of Texas. A grand jury returned a two-count indictment against him. Count I alleged the offense of “abu...

McGruder v. Texas (original per curiam)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1263-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Section 724.012(b)(3)(B) of the Texas Transportation Code required an officer who arrested a driver for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated to take a specimen of that driver’s breath or blood for an analysis of bloo...

Kent v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1340-14

Justia Opinion Summary: An indictment alleged that appellant Kevin Kent, a mortgage broker, had committed theft from four named complainants in an amount exceeding $200,000 and that the thefts occurred over a specified period and were pursuant...

Finley v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1473-14

Justia Opinion Summary: At William Finley’s bench trial, the judge convicted him for resisting arrest when opposing police attempts to handcuff him. The court of appeals found the evidence legally sufficient to support Finley’s conviction. The...

Ex parte Bryan Palmberg (original by judge yeary)  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: WR-82,876-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant Bryan Palmberg pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and the trial court sentenced him to ninety days’ confinement in county jail. He did not appeal his conviction. Seven a...

Daniel v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: AP-77,034

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2014, a jury convicted appellant Brandon Daniel of the capital murder of peace officer Jaime Padron, for which he was sentenced to death. Appeal to the court of Criminal Appeals was automatic; appellant raise...

Blea v. Texas (original by judge alcala)  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0245-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed for discretionary review, arguing that the court of appeals erred in reversing appellant Juan Blea's conviction for first-degree aggravated assault of a family member against his then-girlfriend, Justi...

Ex parte Manuel Torres (original by judge alcala)  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0679-14

Justia Opinion Summary: In an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel appeal, the Court of Criminal Appeals determined that trial counsel performed deficiently by failing to adequately advise appellant Manuel Torres regarding the presumptively mandat...

Rabb v. Texas (original by judge meyers)  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: PD-1472-14

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Richard Rabb was charged with the offense of tampering with evidence by destruction. At trial, the court found Appellant guilty and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment. Appellant appealed, asserting that t...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: WR-79,065-02
Ex parte Ricky Molina (original by judge yeary)  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: WR-83,799-01

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicant Ricky Molina applied for habeas relief, asserting eight claims as basis for such relief, including one claim alleging that the judgment in his case did not adequately reflect credit for the time he served in co...

Buntion v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: AP-76,769

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 1991, a jury convicted appellant Carl Buntion of capital murder for an offense committed in June 1990. Based upon the jury’s answers to special issues (set forth in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 37....

Buntion v. Texas (original by judge richardson)  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: AP-76,769

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 1991, a jury convicted appellant Carl Buntion of capital murder for an offense committed in June 1990. He was given the death sentence. The conviction and sentence were affirmed on direct appeal; appellant's i...

Griffin v. Texas (original by judge johnson)  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: AP-76,834

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2012, a jury convicted appellant Stanley Griffin of the 2010 capital murder of Jennifer Hailey. Based on the jury’s answers to special issues (set forth in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure article 37.071, sec...

Ex parte Gilmore Cox (original by judge johnson)  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: WR-42,794-05

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea bargain, applicant Gilmore Cox plead guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance (Count I) and no contest to one count of possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture a co...

Fernandez v. Texas (original by presiding judge keller)  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0123-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Fernandez was a Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County in 2012. In February 2012, appellant directed his chief deputy clerk, Veronica Mojica, to make travel arrangements for him to attend a conference i...

Marshall v. Texas (original by judge keasler)  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: PD-0509-14

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Patrick Marshall of felony assault against a family member. On appeal, the court of appeals held the evidence legally sufficient but the omission of the words “bodily injury” from the jury charge’s appli...

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