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Posted: May 7, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: May 7, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Court officials in Central Texas say they're requesting more than $660,000 in state money to dramatically revamp the way the indigent are defended in court. Travis County commissioners voted to allow court officials to pursue funding for a Travis County Private Defender office. County leaders say a growing caseload is proving overwhelming for state and county judges.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A North Texas jury has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for fatally shooting a man coming to his aid after he started a deadly chain collision. Thomas Lester Harper must serve 30 years of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Harper fatally shot Clarence Robinson as Robinson approached to help.

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) A former mortician whose killing of a rich widow shook an East Texas town and later inspired a movie has been released on bond. Bernie Tiede (TEE'-dee) was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of his 81-year-old longtime companion Marjorie Nugent in Carthage. The case inspired the 2012 dark comedy "Bernie" that starred Jack Black.

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) Texas prison inmates hoping to get married to someone who isn't locked up are out of luck under a recent law designed to combat fraud. The law requires both parties to be present for a marriage ceremony. Proxy marriages had been common for state prisoners because the Texas prison system doesn't allow marriages performed in prison.

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