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Brazos County Jury Rejects Death Penalty for Stanley Robertson

This afternoon, after more than 21 hours of deliberation, a Brazos County jury determined that Stanley Wayne Robertson should spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2010 murder of Annie Mae Toliver.  The District Attorney’s office had sought the death penalty for Robertson, but the jury decided that there was mitigating evidence in his […]

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Williamson County Jury Rejects the Death Penalty

On February 14, 2012, a jury in Williamson County rejected the death penalty for Bobby Ray Burks Jr., who was convicted last week of murdering Raul Vizueth Torres.  The jury deliberated for almost four hours Tuesday before issuing their verdict. According to the Austin American-Statesman, outside the courtroom, Chrisha Jackson, the mother of one of […]

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Counties Bear the Expense of Capital Murder Trials

The Hillsboro Reporter, in Hill County, Texas, features an important article about the cost of capital murder trials and the impact these cases might have on the county budget. The article notes that “this time last year, the county was facing two capital murder trials with court-appointed lawyers as budget time approached,” and that this […]