Lawyer Argues Texas Dragging Death A 'Drug Deal Gone Bad'One of three white men convicted in the 1998 East Texas dragging death of a black man is arguing in an appeal that the killing was a "backwoods drug deal gone bad" and not racially motivated.
Man Convicted Of Notorious Dragging Death Gets Court ReviewThe 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday said it would review a claim from John William King that lawyers were deficient in presenting a case for innocence during his trial for what became one of the nation's most shocking hate crimes since the Civil Rights era.
Appeals Court: More Review For Texas Dragging Death KillerAn appeals court has approved additional review of a claim from a condemned killer that he's innocent of the notorious 1998 murder of a black man chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death.
Texas Family Guilty Of Using Hurricane Relief Funds For Personal Use An East Texas minister and his family have been convicted of using hurricane relief funds to pay off personal expenses and fund operations of a 40-member Jasper church.
1 Prisoner Still Loose After Using Peanut Butter To EscapeAuthorities in Alabama are still looking for the last of 12 prisoners who fled a county jail in a scheme involving peanut butter.
Fired Black Police Chief In Infamous Texas Dragging City Settles Suit The first black police chief of an East Texas city made infamous by a black man's 1998 dragging death has settled his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Jasper was made infamous by the dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
Jasper Police Accused Of Beating Woman In CustodyThe Southeast Texas town of Jasper has a history of racial unrest. Now an attorney says the city, its police department and two officers will be sued over the beating of an African American woman by two police officers.
Fired Black Police Chief Sues City Of JasperThe first black police chief of an East Texas city made infamous by a 1998 hate crime dragging death has sued over his firing.
Jasper Police Chief Fired Over PerformanceThe first black police chief of an East Texas town, made infamous for a 1998 hate crime dragging death, has been fired over poor job performance.
3 Black Council Members In Jasper Facing RecallJasper voters were being asked Tuesday whether three black city council members should be removed from office after they voted earlier this year to hire the first black police chief in the history of the East Texas town.
Former Texas Prison Cook Wants Last Meal ContinuedA former Texas inmate who cooked the final meals for hundreds of condemned prisoners is offering to start doing it again at no cost to the state now that officials have ended the practice of allowing the special last requests.
Brewer Executed For Jasper Dragging Death White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer has been executed for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas.