Incumbent Sharon Keller wins Court of Criminal Appeals race


Longtime Presiding Judge Sharon Keller defeated challenger David Bridges in the Republican primary for the state’s highest criminal court.

Keller, the first woman elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994 and presiding judge since 2001, held a 4-point lead over Bridges with nearly all precincts reporting statewide.

Bridges, who has served on the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas since 1997, focused much of his campaign on what he called ethical missteps by Keller, including a $25,000 fine in 2013 for not disclosing $3.8 million in property and income on required financial disclosure statements and for her role in declining an appeal for death row inmate Michael Richard in 2007 because it came after 5 p.m. Richard was executed later that night.

Keller accused Bridges of dredging up old issues, saying her financial statements were an oversight that she corrected, and an ethics reprimand over the Richard’s execution was overturned on appeal.

Place 8

There will be no runoff in the three-way Republican primary to replace retiring Judge Elsa Alcala.

State District Judge Michelle Slaughter of Galveston County received more than 50 percent of the vote, defeating Jay Brandon, a prosecutor in the appeals section of the Bexar County district attorney’s office, and New Braunfels state District Judge Dib Waldrip.



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