COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – The Texas economy gained 331,100 nonagricultural jobs from April 2012 to April 2013, an annual growth rate of 3.1 percent compared with 1.6 percent for the United States.
A bill to require Texas prosecutors to undergo training to ensure evidence is not withheld in most felony and misdemeanor criminal cases is on its way to Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
House Bill 1847 would require that one of the three hours of ethics training that Texas lawyers must undergo each year be related to the requirements to disclose exculpatory and mitigating evidence in all but Class C misdemeanor cases.
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed said that while she has been providing the training to her staff for years, she was inspired to push for a statewide requirement by the highly publicized case of Michael Morton, who was wrongly convicted in Williamson County for the 1986 slaying of his wife, Christine.
Perry already has signed into law the Michael Morton Act, which requires prosecutors to give lawyers representing the accused any evidence that is relevant to the defense's case.
Justin Vu discovered the killings minutes after they occurred.
Besides Austin, those jailed without bail and charged with capital murder are Jerome Dewon Godine, 22; Donte Jerrell Earls, 23, and Desmenn Demond Simon, 25.
The latter two were taken into custody on Wednesday, Houston police said Thursday.
Besides the surveillance video, police were able to connect the four to Hoai Vu through cell phone records.
GALVESTON - A state commission Thursday suspended a Galveston judge without pay, a day after he was arrested on eight criminal charges related to his conduct in office.
Earlier Thursday, Dupuy startled courthouse employees by showing up for work and hearing a divorce case in his courtroom on the second floor of the Galveston County Courthouse, carrying on as if he had not been arrested the previous day on two felony and six misdemeanor indictments.
Dupuy's appearance back on the job was troubling for Greg Enos, one of the three attorneys cited in the indictments as the victims of official oppression, obstruction or retaliation, and abuse of official capacity in Dupuy's court.
Defense lawyers said Thursday that problems with a DPS supervisor in Conroe tasked with regulating alcohol testing machines and the police officers who operate them could affect more than 1,200 DWI cases.
A man was found fatally shot early Thursday morning after he crashed his car into a utility pole near a gas station in southwest Houston.
Police said investigators have no descriptions of the people in the other cars, which may have been a red Dodge Magnum and a gray or black Cadillac.
Galveston Vice and Narcotics Officers with the assistance of Pearland Vice and Narcotics Officers carried out a prostitution sting in Galveston Wednesday, The Police News reported on Thursday. Galveston police utilized several undercover officers from Pearland in operation. The sting netted ten arrests for charges of Prostitution, Promotion of Prostitution, Walking in the Roadway, and Intruding on Premises. The following subjects were arrested for the listed offenses: