JACKSON SHOOTING CASE: Court upholds dismissal of charge against ex APD cop Kleinert


The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld the dismissal of a manslaughter charge against former Austin police detective Charles Kleinert in the shooting death of Larry Jackson in 2013.

A U.S. district judge in Austin had previously dismissed the charge, saying that because Kleinert was working on a federal task force the day of the shooting, he was entitled to a special federal protective immunity.

The use of that immunity for a municipal police officer serving on a federal task force officer was highly unusual and potentially precedent setting.

ALSO READ: Kleinert ruling draws strong reactions

Travis County prosecutors appealed that decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held a hearing last fall.

Prosecutors must now consider whether to ask for the case to be heard again, or try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Case closed? Judge Naranjo issues final orders in Alex/Kelly Jones child custody case
Case closed? Judge Naranjo issues final orders in Alex/Kelly Jones child custody case

  Kelly Jones and attorney Robert Hoffman after Wednesday’s court hearing. Good day Austin: I am not quite prepared to credit state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo with the wisdom of Solomon. But she did manage yesterday to orally render a permanent order in the child custody case of Alex Jones, his ex-wife Kelly Jones and their...
FIRE ALERT: Blaze near Onion Creek and FM 967 in Hays County kicking up again, officials say
FIRE ALERT: Blaze near Onion Creek and FM 967 in Hays County kicking up again, officials say

The Onion Creek fire on FM 967 in Hays County has kicked up again, authorities are reporting. Officials are asking the public to avoid the area because of emergency vehicle activity. Fire officials initially said the brush fire that started as a prescribed burn Wednesday was fully contained. The fire has already burned 250 acres of land that were...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the pizza delivery man?
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the pizza delivery man?

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick promised to bring the Texas Senate “pizza and soda pop” for its midnight session early Thursday morning, and he delivered. Literally. Patrick completed his look with an apron, and the Houston Republican had some social media users curious about where he ordered the pizza.  <div></div><br><blockquote...
Waco Veterans Affairs office denies 92% of veteran benefit claims
Waco Veterans Affairs office denies 92% of veteran benefit claims

Department of Veterans Affairs benefits officials in Waco have denied a whopping 92 percent of claims related to Gulf War Illness, giving Central Texas veterans one of the highest denial rates in the nation, according to data in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The report found serious and persistent problems with how the VA handles...
Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer
Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer

A breaking and entering report at Marco’s Pizza at 6330 Pleasant Ave. in Fairfield was posted on the City of Fairfield’s Facebook page Wednesday. The crime occurred around midnight on July 13, according to the city’s post. The person in the video smashed the door to the restaurant and stole the restaurant’s cash drawer before...
More Stories