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The judge's podium in a courtroom. (credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

North Texas Grandmother’s Killer Loses Appeal

The state’s highest criminal court has upheld the death sentence of a Fort Worth man convicted of killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home four years ago.

06/18/2014

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Arlington Man On Death Row 3 Decades Loses Appeal

Texas’ highest criminal court has rejected an appeal from a former Arlington man on death row 30 years for the execution-style shooting deaths of four people at an airplane hangar on a North Texas ranch.

06/11/2014

Roderick Harris, 27, was sentenced to death for capital murder on May 21, 2012. (Credit: Dallas County)

Dallas Gang Member’s Death Sentence Upheld

The state’s highest appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Dallas street gang member sent to death row for the fatal shootings of two brothers during a March 2009 home robbery.

05/21/2014

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay leaves the Travis County Jail after being sentence to three years in prison with probation and posting $20,000 bail bond on January 10, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The one-time prominent Republican Delay was convicted of channeling $190,000 in corporate donations in 2002 through the Republican National Committee to Republican candidates for the Texas state legislature. Texas law prohibits corporations from giving directly to political campaigns.   (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

High Texas Criminal Court Will Hear Tom DeLay Case

The overturned conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be reviewed by the highest criminal court in Texas.

03/19/2014

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Texas Appeals Court Says Cellphones Off-Limits To Search

The state’s top criminal appeals court has ruled that investigators must have search warrants to search the cellphones of suspects and other persons of interest.

02/27/2014

The judge's podium in a courtroom. (credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Appeals Court Rules Tarrant Inmate Can’t Be Executed

A man convicted of murdering a Fort Worth restaurant manager in October of 1989 cannot be executed, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday.

09/11/2013

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Lawyer: Kimberly McCarthy’s Execution Can’t Be Stopped

An attorney for a Dallas County woman set to die Wednesday says she has exhausted all efforts to block her execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

06/25/2013

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Appeal Seeks To Halt Dallas County Woman’s Execution

The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

06/19/2013

Mugshot of Randolph Arledge, who was convicted of a 1981 Texas murder that DNA testing later proved he did not commit. Arledge was exonerated on February 11, 2013. (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Corsicana Man Convicted In ’81 Stabbing Death Freed

A 58-year-old Corsicana man walked free Monday after serving years for a crime he didn’t commit — the repeated stabbing of a woman whose body was found on a dirt road in rural Navarro County.

02/11/2013

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Texas Inmate Ordered Retried In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

Texas prisoner Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when he was told his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Hartfield was moved off death row, but 32 years later is still waiting for that new trial.

01/04/2013

Judge Who Refused After-Hours Appeal Re-elected

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller has been re-elected.

11/06/2012

Larry Sims on the day he was exonerated. (Credit: CBSDFW.com)

Until Death, Texas Inmate Tried To Clear Name

Former inmate Larry Sims died a free man, if not innocent one in the eyes of the law. It wasn’t enough, say family and friends, who described a man with a broken spirit who could not find work or happiness after his release from prison after 24 years.

06/22/2012

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