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.
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.
The second day of Hannah Overton's evidentiary hearing began with compelling testimony from Dr. Michael Moritz, one of the world's leading authorities on salt poisoning. As I explained in my January 2012 article on Hannah's case:
The Nueces County courtroom where Hannah Overton was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison was filled Monday with an overflow crowd of spectators and reporters. Flanked by a new team of attorneys, Hannah sought, a second time around, to prove her innocence.
If you had assumed that you had heard the last from Charles Sebesta about the Anthony Graves case, you were wrong.
Legendary Houston criminal defense attorney Rusty Hardin has been named special prosecutor in the upcoming court of inquiry that will examine whether or not prosecutorial misconduct contributed to the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton in 1987.
A lot of men from Dallas County have been exonerated--27 at the latest count--and James Waller is one of the more memorable. He was convicted of the 1983 rape of a twelve-year-old boy—mostly on the word of the boy—and given thirty years for the crime. When DNA tests became available a few years later, he asked for one but didn’t get it. He kept asking, even after he was paroled in 1993, because he was considered a sex offender and couldn’t get a job or even go to parks when children were present.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson has appointed Fort Worth Judge Louis E. Sturns to oversee the court of inquiry into whether former Williamson County DA Ken Anderson broke the law when he sent Michael Morton, an innocent man, to prison back in 1987.