Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:35 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 2:35 AM
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Dallas County prosecutors say they aren't appealing a state judge's decision to halt the execution of a Texas woman. A judge issued a reprieve for 51-year-old Kimberly McCarthy yesterday less than five hours before she was scheduled to be executed for killing a neighbor in 1997. Assistant District Attorney Shelly Yeatts says McCarthy's execution date now is April 3rd.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) A northwestern Texas rancher has admitted shooting at a crop-dusting airplane flying overhead in 2008. Stephen Riley of Olney pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court. Court records showed Riley had previously threatened the owner of the company that leased the plane, saying he would shoot down any plane flying over the ranch.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A grandson of Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has died. Family spokesman Jay Rosser says 21-year-old Thomas Boone Pickens IV died yesterday in Fort Worth. He was a junior at Texas Christian University. Neither Rosser nor Fort Worth police have said what may have caused the death.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Two Texas lawmakers have brought the victims of texting-while-driving accidents to the Capitol to build support for a ban on the practice. Family members recounted yesterday how their loved ones died in accidents because someone was distracted by text messages. Representative Tom Craddick passed a ban in 2011, but Governor Rick Perry vetoed the message.