Adam McGuire v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 403rd District Court of Travis CountyAnnotate this Case
TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN
Adam McGuire, Appellant
The State of Texas, Appellee
FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF TRAVIS COUNTY, 403RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT
NO. D-1-DC-05-904028, HONORABLE BRENDA KENNEDY, JUDGE PRESIDING
Adam McGuire pleaded guilty to murder, a lesser included offense of the capital
murder alleged in the indictment. See Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 19.02 (West 2003). The court
adjudged him guilty and, after hearing evidence, sentenced him to forty-five years’ imprisonment.
McGuire’s court-appointed attorney filed a brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous and without
merit. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967).
McGuire filed a pretrial motion to suppress his statement to the police that was heard
and overruled by the trial court. Counsel states in his brief, in apparent reference to the suppression
motion, that McGuire’s unbargained guilty plea waived all nonjurisdictional defects or errors that
occurred before the plea was entered. Counsel cites Jack v. State, 871 S.W.2d 741, 742 (Tex. Crim.
App. 1994), an opinion applying what was referred to as the Helms rule. See Helms v. State, 484
S.W.2d 925, 927 (Tex. Crim. App. 1972). The Helms rule was abandoned in Young v. State, 8
S.W.3d 656, 666-67 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000). A valid plea of guilty waives or forfeits the right to
appeal a claim of error only when the judgment of guilt was rendered independent of, and is not
supported by, the error. Id. A judgment is not independent of a ruling that admitted evidence in
error. Id. at 667 n.32.
The appeal is abated. McGuire’s appointed counsel, Mr. Walter C. Prentice, shall file
a supplemental brief addressing the trial court’s order overruling the motion to suppress no later than
forty-five days from the date of this opinion. We express no opinion on the merits of the issue, and
counsel may conclude that there is no meritorious basis for contesting the trial court’s ruling. The
purpose of the abatement is to give counsel the opportunity to reexamine the record without regard
to the defunct Helms rule.
Bea Ann Smith, Justice
Before Justices B. A. Smith, Puryear and Waldrop
Filed: July 25, 2006
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