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Travis County medical examiner’s flip-flop jeopardizes murder trial
 A Travis County medical examiner unexpectedly changed his cause of death ruling in the middle of a murder trial this week, in which an Austin man stands accused of beating his boyfriend to death. Dr. Sam Andrews notified prosecutors Wednesday evening that he suddenly had reached a new conclusion about the location of bleeding in Stephen Sylvester&rsquo...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A Travis County medical examiner unexpectedly changed his cause of death ruling in the middle of a murder trial this week, in which an Austin man stands accused of beating his boyfriend to death. Dr. Sam Andrews notified prosecutors Wednesday evening that he suddenly had reached a new conclusion about the location of bleeding in Stephen Sylvester&rsquo...
Judge ‘disgusted’ by doctor, but will allow his testimony in murder case
 12:15 p.m. Travis County medical examiner Dr. Sam Andrews will be allowed to testify before the jury in Bryan Canchola’s but with several conditions, a judge ruled Friday. State district Judge David Wahlberg said he’s “disgusted” by Andrews’ lack of diligence in performing an autopsy on victim Stephen Sylvester...

Posted: a day ago

12:15 p.m. Travis County medical examiner Dr. Sam Andrews will be allowed to testify before the jury in Bryan Canchola’s but with several conditions, a judge ruled Friday. State district Judge David Wahlberg said he’s “disgusted” by Andrews’ lack of diligence in performing an autopsy on victim Stephen Sylvester...
Austin man accused of killing girlfriend disappears ahead of trial
 A Travis County murder defendant who is set to go to trial next week has disappeared after he failed to report to a pretrial hearing on Thursday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Michael Waguespack, who was out of jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Catherine Dyer, 31, in November 2015 in the...

Posted: a day ago

A Travis County murder defendant who is set to go to trial next week has disappeared after he failed to report to a pretrial hearing on Thursday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Michael Waguespack, who was out of jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Catherine Dyer, 31, in November 2015 in the...
Travis County murder defendant flees ahead of next week’s trial
 A Travis County murder defendant who is set to go to trial next week has gone missing after he failed to report to a pretrial hearing on Thursday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Michael Waguespack, who was out of jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Catherine Dyer, 31, in November 2015 in the...

Posted: a day ago

A Travis County murder defendant who is set to go to trial next week has gone missing after he failed to report to a pretrial hearing on Thursday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kevin Michael Waguespack, who was out of jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Catherine Dyer, 31, in November 2015 in the...
Defendant called 911 after injuring boyfriend, jury hears
 Attorneys representing both sides in a Travis County murder trial agree Stephen Sylvester died in July 2015 at the hands of his boyfriend after they fought, following a night of drinking in downtown Austin, in the apartment they shared. But prosecutors are calling Sylvester’s boyfriend, Bryan Canchola, a jealous murderer who flipped...

Posted: 3 days ago

Attorneys representing both sides in a Travis County murder trial agree Stephen Sylvester died in July 2015 at the hands of his boyfriend after they fought, following a night of drinking in downtown Austin, in the apartment they shared. But prosecutors are calling Sylvester’s boyfriend, Bryan Canchola, a jealous murderer who flipped...
‘Come on, babe. Please wake up,’ defendant told boyfriend in 911 call
 1:30 p.m. The attorney for Bryan Canchola said his client did not mean to cause serious harm to victim Stephen Sylvester when the two fought after a night of drinking in downtown Austin. During Tuesday’s opening statements, Gerry Morris told jurors that the incident that occurred at an apartment near the University of Texas in the summer...

Posted: 4 days ago

1:30 p.m. The attorney for Bryan Canchola said his client did not mean to cause serious harm to victim Stephen Sylvester when the two fought after a night of drinking in downtown Austin. During Tuesday’s opening statements, Gerry Morris told jurors that the incident that occurred at an apartment near the University of Texas in the summer...
Driver pleads guilty in San Antonio immigrant smuggling deaths
 A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants...

Posted: 4 days ago

A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants...
Truck driver pleads guilty in connection to immigrant smuggling deaths
 A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants...

Posted: 4 days ago

A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants...
Murder defendant takes 23-year offer after jury deadlocks
 After jurors signaled that deliberations in a 2016 fatal stabbing in East Austin were nearing an impasse, the defendant accepted a plea deal rather than risk going to trial for a third time. Steven Johns was sentenced to 23 years in prison Friday in exchange for pleading guilty to killing Joseph Lapaso during a roadside altercation on July...

Posted: 7 days ago

After jurors signaled that deliberations in a 2016 fatal stabbing in East Austin were nearing an impasse, the defendant accepted a plea deal rather than risk going to trial for a third time. Steven Johns was sentenced to 23 years in prison Friday in exchange for pleading guilty to killing Joseph Lapaso during a roadside altercation on July...
With jury deadlocked, Steven Johns accepts plea deal for 23 years
 With jurors unable to reach a verdict, Steven Johns accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to murdering Joseph Lapaso. In exchange for the plea, Johns was sentenced to 23 years in prison. His plea came 20 minutes after jurors informed the court they were deadlocked. The jury deliberated for about 10 hours over Thursday and Friday. Earlier...

Posted: 8 days ago

With jurors unable to reach a verdict, Steven Johns accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to murdering Joseph Lapaso. In exchange for the plea, Johns was sentenced to 23 years in prison. His plea came 20 minutes after jurors informed the court they were deadlocked. The jury deliberated for about 10 hours over Thursday and Friday. Earlier...
Austin jury deliberating after watching fatal stabbing on video
 A surveillance video captured in high definition a fatal roadside altercation that led to a man being stabbed to death in East Austin in the summer of 2016. But a Travis County jury appears to be having trouble deciding if Steven Johns, 19, should go away to prison for a long time or if he was justified in killing 25-year-old Joseph Lapaso...

Posted: 8 days ago

A surveillance video captured in high definition a fatal roadside altercation that led to a man being stabbed to death in East Austin in the summer of 2016. But a Travis County jury appears to be having trouble deciding if Steven Johns, 19, should go away to prison for a long time or if he was justified in killing 25-year-old Joseph Lapaso...