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Criminal Justice

A.J. Armstrong’s third capital murder trial set to start Monday after jurors selected

Posted on · Armstrong, 23, is accused of fatally shooting his parents, Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr., when he was a teenager in 2016. Two previous sets of jurors have been unable to reach a consensus on a verdict.

Ivan Cantu in a July 2022 interview from Texas' Polunsky Unit, which houses the state's male death row inmates.

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Texas halts execution of Ivan Cantu amid new revelations and legal questions

Posted on · A week before he was scheduled to be put to death, a court has put Cantu's execution on hold while new developments are considered, including recanted testimony and questions about evidence at his 2001 trial.

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Criminal Justice

Attorneys for Santa Fe High School shooter seek recusal of presiding judge, alleging bias

Posted on · The defense team for Dimitrios Pagourtzis, charged with capital murder in the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School, claims Judge Jeth Jones is "shopping" for medical experts so its client can be determined mentally competent to stand trial.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis Santa Fe Shooting

School shooting

Santa Fe High School shooter ordered to get new mental health evaluation by judge

Posted on · Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been committed to a state-run mental health institution since November 2019. A judge determined him to be mentally incompetent to stand trial as recently as this February.

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Criminal Justice

A.J. Armstrong, facing third capital murder trial in parents’ 2016 deaths, has grandparents’ support

Posted on · Keith Whitely and Kay Winston asked the Harris County District Attorney's Office to stop pursuing a conviction against their grandson, saying they believe he is innocent.

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Fate of Armstrong double-murder case in limbo after Harris County judge declares second mistrial

Posted on · The Harris County District Attorney's Office has not indicated whether it will pursue a third trial after jurors could not agree whether to convict Antonio Armstrong Jr. of murdering his parents when he was a teenager in 2016.