Overton Judge Finds No New Evidence of Innocence

A month after the conclusion of the dramatic, six-day evidentiary hearing held in the capital murder case of Hannah Overton, state district judge Jose Longoria has issued his recommendations to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In a fourteen-page opinion issued late in the day on Thursday, Longoria stated that he saw no new evidence that would have altered the outcome of Hannah’s trial.

Why John Bradley Lost

One of Texas’s most high-profile district attorneys, Williamson County D.A. John Bradley, faced a resounding defeat last night in the Republican primary—a race that became a referendum on his handling of the Michael Morton case. Morton, as you may recall, was exonerated last year after serving nearly 25 years behind bars for the murder of his wife, a crime that DNA testing revealed he did not commit.

Hannah Overton Hearing: Day Four

Day four of Hannah Overton’s evidentiary hearing got off to an emotional start when attorney David Jones, who was on Hannah’s defense team during her 2007 capital murder trial, broke down and wept on the stand. “I failed miserably,” he said, looking directly at Hannah as he testified. “There’s probably not a day since this verdict that I haven’t–that I don’t regret not spending more time on this case. I should have done more.” He bowed his head as he was overcome with emotion. “I failed, and I am so sorry,” he whispered.

Hannah Overton Hearing: Day Three

Things took a dramatic turn in Hannah Overton’s evidentiary hearing on Wednesday when ex-prosecutor Sandra Eastwood (pictured above) reluctantly took the stand to be questioned about whether or not she had withheld critical evidence from the defense. The once-confident and commanding assistant D.A., who had aggressively pursued capital murder charges against Hannah in 2007, seemed far different yesterday than she did at trial.


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