Death Penalty

Judge says DA intentionally withheld murder trial evidence, but denies defense bid for retrial ban

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A Texas district attorney intentionally withheld evidence from defense counsel in a capital murder trial, a state court judge ruled Friday.

However, the reason why Williamson County DA Jana Duty did so is unknown, Williamson County District Judge Rick Kennon writes in his 15-page opinion (PDF).

Hence, because Kennon did not find that Duty had intentionally caused a mistrial in the case of Crispin Harmel, the judge rejected a defense argument that double jeopardy should prevent Harmel from being retried, KXAN reports.

The article doesn’t include any comment from the DA.

See also: “DA gets 10 days for contempt; judge cites gag order, failure to appear, disrespect to court”

KXAN: “Jana Duty reports to jail, waives right to appeal”

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