Court of Criminal Appeals Ruling in Brazos County Capital Murder TrialFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
HOUSTON (AP) _ The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned a ruling that upheld a judge’s instructions to jurors about to consider the role of a second inmate in a 2007 escape attempt that left a guard dead.
The state’s highest criminal court ruled Wednesday in favor of Walker County prosecutors seeking a capital murder conviction against John Falk Jr. He’s facing a possible death sentence in the slaying of Wynne Unit Officer Susan Canfield. Canfield was on horseback and thrown after being hit by a fleeing truck.
Falk’s trial in Bryan has been on hold as prosecutors challenged jury instructions on the Texas law of parties. The inmate driving the truck was convicted and sent to death row. Falk was nearby.
An appeals court in Waco had allowed the judge’s instructions.
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