Category: Courthouse News

Conviction Upheld in Teague Capital Murder Case

The 10th Court of Appeals, in Waco, upheld the conviction of Amber Hope Halford of Teague, who was found guilty of capital murder in connection with her uncle’s death in 2015. Justices considered an appeal citing four issues filed by attorneys for Halford, 21, who was convicted on October 25, 2016 of orchestrating a burglary that resulted in the shooting death of her uncle, Douglas Carr Hurst, 45. The four issues argued by Halford were: –There was insufficient evidence presented at her trial to convict her: The appeals court stated that sufficient evidence was indeed presented to secure a conviction. –The trial court erred in failing to include all the elements of the crime in the jury charge: Justices said if found the appellant was not “egregiously harmed in the abstract portion of the jury charge.” –An improper jury charge expanded the likelihood of her conviction: The appeals court explained, “The trial court did not err in including the instruction of the law of parties in the jury charge.” –The trial court committed error in denying her a change of venue: Justices wrote, “We find that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying the motion to transfer venue. We overrule this issue.” Halford will spend life in prison with no possibility of...

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Fairfield Police Reports

by Chief of Police Kenny Bulger   Monday, Sept. 11 7:30AM – Officers Lawrence, Utsey, and Bulger Patrol School Zones 10:07AM – Officer Lawrence assisted stranded motorist US-84 10AM to 11:30AM – Officer Lawrence followed up on robbery information from previous week 12:27PM – Officer Lawrence checked out suspicious vehicle, Ronnie & Adams Streets, no problems 1:15PM Officer Lawrence to meeting with CPS Investigator 2:30 to 3:45PM – Officer Lawrence and Utsey patrolled school zones 3:40PM – Officer Lawrence to Loves on complaint of traffic jam 7:08PM – Officer Alexander to River of Life on suspicious person around the building. Everything OK. 3:18AM – Officer Markham to hospital on intoxicated subject. Arrested on Belton PD warrant for Assault. Tuesday, Sept. 12 7:00AM – Officers Lawrence & Utsey patrol school zones 9:04AM – Officer Lawrence to local business on 911 hang up to SO. No one there, bad phone line. 10:18AM – Officer Lawrence to local business, wanted extra patrol due to suspicious active in the area. Placed on watch list. 2:12PM – Officer Lawrence noticed suspicious activity in a pasture on the outskirts of town. Notified Game Warden and they attempted to investigate. UTL anyone at the time. 9:14PM – Officer Markham to PD to meet with subject on possible harassment. 11:02PM – Officer Markham on suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood, just helping friend move. Wednesday, Sept. 13 7:00AM...

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Teague Police Reports

–Monday, September 11, 2017 12:23 AM Officer Morgan was dispatched to a theft call in the 300 block of Walnut. 7:12 AM Officer Keale was dispatched to the 300 block of Walnut, concerning a civil matter. 9:20 AM Officer Keale responded to an animal complaint in the 600 block of S 10th Ave. 9:31 AM Officer Keale responded to an animal complaint in the 200 block of Northline Road. 4:21 PM Officer Keale met with a complainant at the police department for a civil matter. 10:59 PM Sgt. Mason was dispatched to aloud music complaint in the 1700 block of East Main St.. –Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:51 AM Officer Keale met with a complainant at the police department about a civil matter. 4:19 PM Officer Keale responded to the 300 block of N. 2nd Ave in reference to a disturbance. 5:13 PM Officer Keale responded to the 500 block of Washington St in reference to a Credit/Debit Card Abuse Case. 6:44 PM Officer Keale was dispatched to an animal complaint in the 700 block of China St. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:51 AM Officer Morgan was dispatched to the Freestone Trailer Park for an assault case. 1:41 PM Interim Chief Philpott responded to Teague High School in reference to an animal complaint. 4:15 PM Officer Morgan was dispatched to an animal complaint in the 300 block of N....

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Texas Game Warden Field Notes – Sept. 20th

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Skunked A Rockwall County game warden responded to a call from a local law enforcement officer about a traffic stop involving three subjects that had been driving the neighborhoods shooting rabbits from a public roadway. When the warden arrived on scene, he found three young men standing around a truck with a bed full of dead rabbits. One young man was only wearing a trucker hat, boots, and some brightly colored underwear. The subjects said they had shot a skunk earlier in the evening and when the individual approached it, the skunk sprayed him. The others wouldn’t let him back in the truck with his clothes on. Citations pending. Don’t Pull the Plug Game wardens were patrolling for bank fishermen on Lake Ray Hubbard when they observed a vessel drifting away from the boat ramp that appeared to be sinking. Witnesses say they heard the boat’s operator yelling to call 911 after he forgot to install the drain plug. The wardens used their vehicle loud speaker to instruct the individual, who was seated in the bow of the boat, to put on a life jacket. He complied and the wardens asked another boat coming into the ramp to tow him to shore. Once the boat was back on a trailer and draining water, the...

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Fairfield Police Report

by Chief of Police Kenny Bulger   Monday, Sept. 4 10:18 AM-Officer Bates on report of burglary of building. 11:15 AM-Officer Bates on alarm going off. 11:31 AM-Officer Bates on report of suspicious person. 11:56 AM-Officer Bates on report of dog in vehicle with all the windows rolled up, was unable to locate. 2:09 PM-Officer Bates on report of found property. 3:29 PM-Officer Bates on minor wreck. 4:27 PM-Officer Bates on report of verbal argument. 6:33 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price to meet a complainant about being assaulted. 7:05 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price on suspicious vehicle. 9:06 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price on business alarm going off. 11:06 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price on welfare check. Tuesday, Sept. 5 4:51 AM-officer Scarrow and Price on suspicious subject. 5:45 AM-Officer Gallegos and Price on report of subject knocking on glass door at business, was advised to leave. 10:40 AM-Officer Gallegos on report of reckless driver. 3:13 PM-Officer Gallegos on reckless driver. 10:50 PM-Officer Bates on animal call. 11:34 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price to meet a complainant over phone harassment. Wednesday, Sept. 6 5:58 AM-Officer Lawrence on alarm going off. 8:14 AM-Officer Lawrence on report of minor wreck. 11:50 AM-Officer Lawrence to meet a complainant. 6:54 PM-Officer Markham on reported harassment. Thursday, Sept. 7 2:05 AM-Officer Markham on report of subject coming home and had been assaulted. 2:43 AM-Officer Alexander on suspicious vehicle. Friday,...

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