Ryan Autullo

Courts reporter

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Feuding Austin lawyers accused of racist, lewd and anti-gay remarks
 The hostility between defense attorney Skip Davis and prosecutors was a constant sideshow during a recent criminal trial that could result in both sides making formal complaints against each other. It peaked when Davis, who is black, accused lawyers with the Travis County district attorney’s office of making a banana joke aimed at him...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The hostility between defense attorney Skip Davis and prosecutors was a constant sideshow during a recent criminal trial that could result in both sides making formal complaints against each other. It peaked when Davis, who is black, accused lawyers with the Travis County district attorney’s office of making a banana joke aimed at him...
SANTA FE SCHOOL SHOOTING: What we know about the 10 people killed
 A substitute teacher who relatives say had a “lust for life” and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan whose father expected her home in a few weeks are among those killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday. Eight students and two substitute teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire inside the school...

Posted: 3 days ago

A substitute teacher who relatives say had a “lust for life” and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan whose father expected her home in a few weeks are among those killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday. Eight students and two substitute teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire inside the school...
As they grieve, Santa Fe students puzzle over school shooter’s motive
 Almost everyone at Santa Fe High School knew Dimitrios Pagourtzis, or knew of him. But grief-stricken students said Saturday they could not fathom what could have prompted the attack on campus a day earlier that left 10 dead – eight of them reportedly students – and 13 injured. As Mayor-elect Jason Tabor stood outside the school...

Posted: 3 days ago

Almost everyone at Santa Fe High School knew Dimitrios Pagourtzis, or knew of him. But grief-stricken students said Saturday they could not fathom what could have prompted the attack on campus a day earlier that left 10 dead – eight of them reportedly students – and 13 injured. As Mayor-elect Jason Tabor stood outside the school...
SANTA FE SHOOTING: Accused shooter’s parents say they’re ‘saddened and dismayed’
 4:40 p.m. update: The parents of Dimitrios Pagourtzis said in a statement Saturday they’re “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting their son is accused of committing at Santa Fe High School. In total, 10 people died and 13 people were injured. Pagourtzis, 17, is a Santa Fe High student. Here is their statement: Earlier...

Posted: 3 days ago

4:40 p.m. update: The parents of Dimitrios Pagourtzis said in a statement Saturday they’re “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting their son is accused of committing at Santa Fe High School. In total, 10 people died and 13 people were injured. Pagourtzis, 17, is a Santa Fe High student. Here is their statement: Earlier...
Victim in Santa Fe shooting was football teammate of suspected shooter
 They were football teammates and in some ways natural adversaries. Chris Stone, one of the 10 fatal victims in Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, played on the offensive line as the junior varsity center. At practices in this small town southeast of Houston, he lined up directly across from his suspected killer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis...

Posted: 4 days ago

They were football teammates and in some ways natural adversaries. Chris Stone, one of the 10 fatal victims in Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, played on the offensive line as the junior varsity center. At practices in this small town southeast of Houston, he lined up directly across from his suspected killer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis...
10 dead, suspect jailed in deadliest Texas school shooting since 1966
 In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people, mostly students, and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail...

Posted: 4 days ago

In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people, mostly students, and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail...
Martinez Jones, Guerra Gamble compete in 459th District Court runoff
 A Travis County-appointed associate judge and a longtime Austin attorney are competing in Tuesday’s runoff election to run Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. Aurora Martinez Jones, an associate judge, is pursuing a bigger judiciary role with increased responsibilities. She emerged atop the three-candidate March primary...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Travis County-appointed associate judge and a longtime Austin attorney are competing in Tuesday’s runoff election to run Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. Aurora Martinez Jones, an associate judge, is pursuing a bigger judiciary role with increased responsibilities. She emerged atop the three-candidate March primary...
2 men blame each other in deadly burglaries in Austin in 2014
 The two men charged with murder in a string of burglaries in 2014 are pointing fingers at each other as prosecutors try to pick apart their stories and send both to prison for life. Timothy Parlin entered a Travis County courtroom Tuesday and denied killing three Austin residents — choir teacher Kathy Blair and elderly married couple...

Posted: 7 days ago

The two men charged with murder in a string of burglaries in 2014 are pointing fingers at each other as prosecutors try to pick apart their stories and send both to prison for life. Timothy Parlin entered a Travis County courtroom Tuesday and denied killing three Austin residents — choir teacher Kathy Blair and elderly married couple...
Gruesome details about couple’s death revealed in Parlin’s murder trial
 Prosecutors in Timothy Parlin’s capital murder trial revealed gruesome details about the death of an elderly Austin couple that Parlin is accused of killing in December 2014. In Tuesday’s opening statements, prosecutors said Parlin or co-defendant Shawn Gant-Benalcazar broke into a Central Austin home in December 2014 to steal...

Posted: 8 days ago

Prosecutors in Timothy Parlin’s capital murder trial revealed gruesome details about the death of an elderly Austin couple that Parlin is accused of killing in December 2014. In Tuesday’s opening statements, prosecutors said Parlin or co-defendant Shawn Gant-Benalcazar broke into a Central Austin home in December 2014 to steal...
On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot APD officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

Posted: 12 days ago

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...
On-duty police pack court as jury sentences man who shot SWAT officer
 Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...

Posted: 12 days ago

Uniformed Austin police officers irked the defense and some court watchers Thursday by flooding the courtroom for the sentencing of a suspected drug dealer who shot a SWAT officer in 2016. Tyler Harrell, who fired 23 times from an AK-47-style rifle during a police raid of his family’s home, received 13½ years in prison. The 18...