The highest criminal court of Texas has postponed a convicted murderer’s execution due to new DNA testing that could show he’s innocent. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday put off the scheduled Wednesday execution of 49-year-old Henry Skinner because it is examining how changes in the state law on DNA testing requests affects cases like his. Skinner was convicted on the murders of his girlfriend and her two sons in their Pampa home on New Year’s Eve 1993. Prosecutors are contesting the new tests, saying courts already ruled against Skinner.
A district judge has recused herself from a contempt hearing for two Houston prosecutors. State District Jude Susan Brown recused herself at a hearing on Monday dealing with allegations that the Harris County district attorney’s office violated a court order by obtaining secret testimony from a grand jury investigation into the DA’s office. Two assistant district attorneys and two court reporters had been summoned to Brown’s court. They were asked to show why they shouldn’t be held in contempt.