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Court Throws Out Dallas Death Penalty Case

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The execution gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. (credit: AP)

The execution gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. (credit: AP)

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HOUSTON (AP) – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a man sent to death row for the 1999 abduction, robbery and fatal shooting of a Dallas man.

The court agreed with a Dallas judge who found prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence.

Roderick Newton was condemned for killing Jesus Montoya of Dallas.

Prosecutors said yesterday that, rather than retrying the case, a plea agreement was reached where Newton gets off death row — in exchange for two stacked life sentences.

Also, the appeals court agreed to further examine the case of Arthur Lee Williams. He was condemned for the 1982 killing of Houston police Officer Daryl Wayne Shirley, who was shot while serving a warrant on Williams.

Williams questions whether his trial attorneys did a proper job.

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