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Fourth escapee convicted
A fourth member of a gang of escaped inmates who shot a police officer to death during a 2000 robbery was convicted of capital murder. Joseph Garcia was part of a group that fired at Officer Aubrey Hawkins when he responded to a robbery at a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve 2000.
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  • Newbury sentenced to death
  • Penalty phase wraps up
  • Newbury convicted of capital murder
  • Newbury blames victim for death
  • Eleven shots were fired at officer
  • Experts testify about cache of guns and the ultimate capture of the 'Texas Seven'
  • Trial opens with widow's pain
  • Interactive special:Map of the escape route
  • Trial opens with widow's pain
  • Read about Texas v. Newbury
  • Read about the Texas Seven prison break
  • Read Crime Library's special report


  • Jury hands Rivas death sentence
  • Rivas asks jury for death penalty
  • Rivas: We could have been brutal
  • Rivas takes the stand
  • Defense argues to spare death
  • Rivas' relative testifies: He molested me
  • Prison employees testify
  • Prosecutors: Life terms couldn't hold Rivas
  • Rivas convicted of murder
  • Defense has to overcome mountain of evidence
  • Jury sees apologetic confession
  • Investigator: Cop shot, then run over
  • Witnesses describe gunshots
  • Prosecutor's opening: Cop never had a chance

  • Jan. 24, 2001: Last convicts captured
  • Jan. 23, 2001: Authorities hot on trail of two remaining fugitives
  • Jan. 22, 2001: Four captured in Colorado, one commits suicide
  • Jan. 22, 2001: Four of the Texas Seven captured in Colorado
  • Jan. 19, 2001: Prison workers may face discipline
  • Jan. 18, 2001: Bounty hunters see a big payoff
  • Jan. 16, 2001: Texas prison guards conduct candlelight vigil
  • Jan. 16, 2001: Reward increased again
  • Jan. 11, 2001: Report gives details on prison escape
  • Jan. 10, 2001: Official: Texas prison was short-staffed
  • Jan. 9, 2001: Report: Lack of ID check led to escape
  • Jan. 8, 2001: Reward doubled for Texas Seven's capture
  • Jan. 5, 2001: Two inmates spotted near Dallas
  • Jan. 5, 2001: Alleged ringleader has brutal history
  • Jan. 4, 2001: Texas police on high alert
  • Jan. 2, 2001: Texas Seven keep state on edge
  • Dec. 29, 2000: Police fear Rivas is ringleader
  • Dec. 27, 2000: Texas Seven hunted for cop murder
  • Dec. 25, 2000: Cop shot and killed in Texas robbery
  • Dec. 13, 2000: Seven inmates escape from Texas prison
  •     Seven convicts who escape from a Texas prison allegedly shoot a police officer during their six weeks on the lam    
  • Texas v. Newbury

  • Prison break

  • Crime Library's report
  • Full coverage
  • Meet the key players
  • Interactive special
  • Capital murder
  • Party to the offense
  • Case timeline
  • KKTV interview excerpt during standoff
  • Police dispatch tape
  • Eyewitness testifies
  • Post your comments about the case
  • Serious Incident Review

  • This report analyzed the prison break and concluded that the prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape
  • Missing Items

  • The Texas Seven stole personal items from inmates and prison employees such as clothing, credit cards, cash and even a Blockbuster card before their escape
  • Stolen Tools

  • Guns, hacksaws and screwdrivers were among the tools and weapons missing from the Connally Unit Prison after the escape, according to this inventory
  • KKTV Excerpts

  • During a six-hour standoff with police, Newbury and Murphy called into a CBS affiliate in Colorado and gave five-minute interviews
  • Newbury's Indictment

  • Authorities can't be sure who actually fired the bullet that killed Police Office Aubrey Hawkins, but Newbury and his cronies were all charged with capital murder
  • Rivas Instructions

  • Jurors deciding whether to hand a death sentence to Texas Seven ringleader George Rivas were given these instructions before deliberations

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