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Case No: 99-11-06435
Date of the Crime: alleged 12-8-1998
Date of Conviction: 7-12-2000
Sentenced to death for murder while in the course of kidnapping, and sexual assault
possibly innocent in Texas
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Legal DocumentsCaution - contains pathological fotos!!!
Supplemental Briefing To Second Application For Writ Of Habeas Corpus
Or, In The Alternative, Petitioner's Third Application For Writ Of Habeas Corpus Pursuant To Article 11.071 § 5 Of The Texas Code Of Criminal Procedure (pdf, 40 of 55 pages)
The last 15 pages of this briefing are not published on this site due to our respect for the victim and her family.
List of Exhibits (pdf, 2 pages)
Exhibit A: Affidavit of Former Harris County Medical Examiner, Joye M. Carter, M.D. (pdf, 3 pages)
October 31, 2007
Exhibit B: Autopsy Report (pdf, 8 pages)
January 3rd, 1999
Trial Testimony by Dr. Joye Carter (pdf, 29 (116) pages)
Exhibit E: Testimony of Current Harris County Chief Medical Examiner, Louis B. Sanchez (pdf, 18 pages)
July 2, 2007
Exhibit F: Addendum Report of forensic pathologist Glenn Larkin, M.D. (pdf, 6 pages)
October 1, 2007
Caution - contains pathological fotos!!!
Exhibit G: Affidavit of Deputy Tarrant County Medical Examiner Lloyd White, M.D. (pdf, 5 pages)
December 12, 2007
Exhibit Q: Original Affidavit from Ms. Dale Morris, Forensic Entomologist (pdf, 6 pages)
Exhibit R: Affidavit of Dael Morris (pdf, 2 pages)
March 29, 2007
Exhibit S: Report of Glenn Larkin, M.D. (pdf, 2 pages)
March 29, 2007
Exhibit T: Affidavit of Lloyd White, M.D. (pdf, 2 pages)
March 29, 2007
Original Affidavit from Dr. James Arends, Forensic Entomologist (pdf, 2 pages)
January 19, 2007
Supplemental Affidavit from Dr. James Arends, Forensic Entomologist (pdf, 6 pages)
March 26, 2007
delivered March 26th, 2003
In The Court Of Criminal Appeals Of Texas
Order, March 5, 2008
State's Notice Of Intent To Proceed On Affidavits (pdf, 2 pages)
also see Courier article by Lucretia Fernandez of June 21, 2008 on Swearingen's news forum
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals - opinion search
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Body Farm"
"Autopsies by former examiner reviewed"
"Former medical examiner probes different career"
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
IntroductionOn the morning of December 8, 1998 after leaving my ex-wife at my parents for a ride to work, I proceeded to SEARS AUTOMOTIVE CENTER in the woodlands, before travelling to Cavenders Boottown for some shopping.
After leaving Cavenders I stopped at the carwash on Rayford/Sawdust Road, washing my truck before meeting Gail at the community college, who owed money for work I had done for her.
While at the school, I saw and spoke with Melissa, the victim in my case, which I had known for a few months prior to this date, yet the jury was not told or presented available evidence of this.
After speaking to Melissa, we parted ways, with her heading towards the cafeteria, and me going to the parking lot, never to see another again.
State's TheoryThe State argued that Melissa left with me of her own free will, with us going for lunch, before travelling to my residence, where, according to the State, I asked for sex, told no, decided to rape, then kill Melissa, taking her body to the East Texas National Forest, where State argued it had laid exposed to the elements for 25 days prior to discovery.
FactsStatement of Case