Billy Moore v. The State of Texas--Appeal from County Court at Law No. 7 of Travis CountyAnnotate this Case
TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN
Billy Moore, Appellant
The State of Texas, Appellee
FROM THE COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 7 OF TRAVIS COUNTY
NO. 679565, HONORABLE ELISABETH ASHLEA EARLE, JUDGE PRESIDING
In March 2005, a county court at law jury convicted Billy Moore for driving while
intoxicated. Moore’s trial counsel timely filed both a motion for new trial and a notice of appeal.
Counsel was then permitted to withdraw and a new attorney was appointed for the appeal.
Fifty-two days after sentence was imposed, Moore’s new attorney filed an amended
motion for new trial together with a motion for leave to amend. One week later, counsel filed a
second amended motion for new trial and a second motion for leave to amend. The trial court
granted the second motion for leave and following a hearing on June 3, 2005, granted the second
amended motion for new trial. On June 17, the State filed its notice of appeal from the order
granting Moore a new trial.
The clerk’s records in both Moore’s appeal and the State’s appeal were filed in this
Court on July 5, 2005. This Court did not notice at that time that the two appeals arose from the
same cause and were interrelated. On July 13, 2005, unaware of the arguments the State would make
regarding the validity of the order granting the new trial, the Court dismissed Moore’s appeal
because his motion for new trial had been granted. Moore v. State, No. 03-05-00268-CR (Tex.
App.—Austin July 13, 2005, no pet.) (not designated for publication).
The State’s appeal remained on the docket and was subsequently submitted for
decision. In January 2006, the Court agreed with the State’s contention that the trial court was not
authorized to grant Moore’s second amended motion for new trial and reversed the order. State v.
Moore, No. 03-05-00395-CR (Tex. App.—Austin Jan. 19, 2006, pet. granted) (not designated for
publication). Moore petitioned the court of criminal appeals for discretionary review of this
judgment, and the petition was granted on May 24, 2006. It is now pending in that court as cause
In February 2006, after this Court had reversed the order granting the new trial but
before Moore’s petition for discretionary review was filed, Moore’s counsel filed with the county
clerk what he styled a notice of appeal, citing this Court’s judgment in cause number 03-05-00395CR and stating that Moore still desired to appeal his conviction. The clerk prepared a new record,
which was filed in this Court on March 6, 2006, as cause number 03-06-00104-CR. This appeal is
abated pending the court of criminal appeals’ final disposition in its cause number PD-0359-CR.
G. Alan Waldrop, Justice
Before Justices B. A. Smith, Puryear and Waldrop
Filed: July 11, 2006
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