Posted: Nov 12, 2012 6:03 AM
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 6:04 AM
HOUSTON (AP) A jury in Houston will be sequestered to consider the fate of a home day care operator charged after four children died in a 2011 fire. Closing arguments are scheduled today in the murder trial of Jessica Tata (TAH'-tah). Testimony wrapped up last week. Prosecutors say Tata had hot oil cooking on a stove when she left the children alone to go shopping and the fire broke out. The current trial involves the death of toddler Elias Castillo.
DALLAS (AP) Some Texas communities are planning ceremonies today to mark Veterans Day. They include a parade in downtown Dallas. Other communities celebrated over the weekend. The Houston Salutes American Heroes celebration was held yesterday. Veterans in Austin also were honored with a parade yesterday. San Antonio and El Paso held parades on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) A study released yesterday shows that federal judges across the country are shouldering criminal caseloads that vary widely in size, sometimes even among judges in the same courthouse. The research shows some of the greatest disparities are in Beaumont. There, the judge with the largest criminal caseload sentenced more than twice the number of defendants as the judge with the smallest caseload.
HOUSTON (AP) Houston police are interviewing the 20-year-old grandson of an 89-year-old minister after the pastor and his daughter were found fatally beaten inside a burning home. Cameron Dorsey is being held without bond after he was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he was found in his grandfather's SUV.