$6514.00 v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 99th District Court of Lubbock County (per curiam)

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NO. 07-12-0117-CV IN THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS AT AMARILLO PANEL B MAY 31, 2012 ______________________________ $6514.00, Appellant V. THE STATE OF TEXAS, Appellee _________________________________ FROM THE 99th DISTRICT COURT OF LUBBOCK COUNTY; NO. 2004-526,853; HON. WILLIAM C. SOWDER, PRESIDING ________________________________ MEMORANDUM OPINION ___________________________________ Before QUINN, C.J., and CAMPBELL and HANCOCK, JJ. Appellant Bennie L. Collins filed a notice of appeal on March 26, 2012, from a default judgment signed on February 28, 2005. No motion for new trial or like request extending the appellate deadline was filed. Consequently, appellant had until March 30, 2005, to file a notice of appeal. He did not do so. Thereafter, we afforded him opportunity to explain why his notice was untimely and why we had jurisdiction over the appeal. This resulted in his response filed on May 25, 2012. Why he did not perfect his appeal within thirty days of February 28, 2005, went unexplained, however. Moreover, the allegations in his response did not satisfy the requirements of Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 306a(4), which rule permits the belated perfection of an appeal when neither the litigant or his counsel garnered notice or knowledge of the final judgment. See TEX. R. CIV. P. 306a(5) (prescribing the steps that must be satisfied to obtain the benefits of Rule 306a(4)). Given these circumstances, we cannot but conclude that we lack jurisdiction over the appeal. Thus, it is dismissed. Per Curiam 2