Texas Digest: Execution date set for San Antonio killer


CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Killer in burglary gets execution date

A San Antonio man sent to death row for killing a woman during a burglary attempt 13 years ago has received an execution date for this summer.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday that the agency has received court documents setting 46-year-old Taichin Preyor for lethal injection July 27.

He had been scheduled for execution last July, but the date was withdrawn.

Preyor was condemned in 2005 for fatally slashing and stabbing 20-year-old Jami Tackett. Her boyfriend also was wounded in what trial testimony showed was a drug-related attack at her San Antonio apartment.

Preyer was spattered with the victims’ blood when he was arrested at the crime scene. He had returned to look for car keys he believed he left behind.

BEAUMONT

Man in custody on trespass charge dies

A 33-year-old man brought to a Beaumont jail on a trespassing charge died died shortly after arriving.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s office said the man passed out in the booking area before he was processed into the county jail Saturday. Medical personnel began life-saving measures and an ambulance was summoned. Authorities said he couldn’t be revived.

He was identified Sunday as Byron James Sessions of Nederland. An autopsy was ordered, and the sheriff’s office and police in nearby Port Arthur are investigating.

HOUSTON

Body in rental house days before police notified

The body of a man who probably was killed three days earlier has been found in a home in southwestern Houston, police said.

The single-story home was being rented by three people. Detective Michael Cass said authorities are trying to figure out why it took so long for someone to report that there was a dead body in one of the bedrooms.

Police have taken several people into custody. No motive and no cause of death have been released, but authorities said they are considering the man’s death a homicide. The man has not been identified.

PLANO

Boy gets stuck in washing machine

A 13-year-old boy playing at home with some friends decided to see if he could fit in a washing machine.

Turns out he could. But then he couldn’t get out.

His parents wound up calling firefighters. Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Peggy Harrell told The Dallas Morning News that firefighters were able to remove the top from the washer and pull out the boy. He wasn’t hurt.

The fire department, in a tweet about the Saturday rescue, called it “extreme #springcleaning.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

WEATHER: Scattered rain, storms possible across Austin today
WEATHER: Scattered rain, storms possible across Austin today

Monday forecast for Austin: Scattered storms are expected across the Austin area today, with a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day, which will drop to 40 percent this evening, the National Weather Service says. However, once again the worst of the rain will be focused in West Texas, out in the Edwards Plateau. The Austin area is only...
Proposed MoPac settlement terms to become public Tuesday
Proposed MoPac settlement terms to become public Tuesday

Details of a settlement between the MoPac toll project’s government overseer and its tardy contractor should emerge this morning, when the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board is scheduled to discuss the deal in closed session and then vote on it in public. Officials could announce, as well, the opening date of the next section of...
Court backs, for now, Ken Paxton prosecutors in fight over payment
Court backs, for now, Ken Paxton prosecutors in fight over payment

The state’s highest criminal court late Monday temporarily halted a lower-court order that had blocked payments to prosecutors in the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals gave Collin County — which had sued to halt the payments, saying they were based on an excessive $300 rate &mdash...
Sheriff will enforce immigration detentions after SB 4 court ruling
Sheriff will enforce immigration detentions after SB 4 court ruling

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez ordered her office to start honoring all federal immigration detention requests placed on local jail inmates after a federal appeals court ruling Monday allowed parts of Senate Bill 4, the controversial “sanctuary cities” ban, to go into effect. The appellate court’s order essentially undoes Hernandez&rsquo...
Judge to rule on DA’s request to put hold on Rep. Dukes’ felony charges
Judge to rule on DA’s request to put hold on Rep. Dukes’ felony charges

After admitting they were caught off guard by a flip-flopping witness in state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption case, Travis County prosecutors are asking a judge to grant a trial delay so they can have more time to prove 13 felony charges. The outcome of a hearing Tuesday afternoon will determine whether the district attorney’s office gets...
More Stories