Ryan Autullo

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Hairs to be tested for DNA ahead of second trial in Kathy Blair’s death
 Travis County prosecutors will order the testing of additional forensic evidence ahead of Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s second capital murder trial in October. His first trial ended in a hung jury in April. Nine hairs found in homicide victim Kathy Blair’s hand will be sent to a lab at the University of North Texas to be compared with...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Travis County prosecutors will order the testing of additional forensic evidence ahead of Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s second capital murder trial in October. His first trial ended in a hung jury in April. Nine hairs found in homicide victim Kathy Blair’s hand will be sent to a lab at the University of North Texas to be compared with...
New evidence to be tested ahead of Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s second trial
 11 a.m. update: Potential DNA evidence that was not tested before Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s first trial will be tested before his second trial, prosecutors informed state District Judge David Crain on Monday. Nine hairs found in the hand of homicide victim Kathy Blair will be sent to University of North Texas’ forensic lab to be...

Posted: 22 hours ago

11 a.m. update: Potential DNA evidence that was not tested before Shawn Gant-Benalcazar’s first trial will be tested before his second trial, prosecutors informed state District Judge David Crain on Monday. Nine hairs found in the hand of homicide victim Kathy Blair will be sent to University of North Texas’ forensic lab to be...
Fatal shooting between friends on 24th birthday leads to jail sentence
 Longtime friends Fischer Hoisington and Aaron Moore had planned to celebrate their shared 24th birthday with a simple night of video games and drinking. But the December 2016 get-together at Moore’s South Austin apartment turned deadly when their attention turned to a 9-millimeter handgun that only Moore, the owner of the firearm, realized...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime friends Fischer Hoisington and Aaron Moore had planned to celebrate their shared 24th birthday with a simple night of video games and drinking. But the December 2016 get-together at Moore’s South Austin apartment turned deadly when their attention turned to a 9-millimeter handgun that only Moore, the owner of the firearm, realized...
Fatal shooting between friends on 24th birthday leads to jail sentence
 Longtime friends Fischer Hoisington and Aaron Moore had planned to celebrate their shared 24th birthday with a simple night of video games and drinking. But the December 2016 get-together at Moore’s South Austin apartment turned deadly when their attention turned to a 9-millimeter handgun that only Moore, the owner of the firearm, realized...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime friends Fischer Hoisington and Aaron Moore had planned to celebrate their shared 24th birthday with a simple night of video games and drinking. But the December 2016 get-together at Moore’s South Austin apartment turned deadly when their attention turned to a 9-millimeter handgun that only Moore, the owner of the firearm, realized...
Kyle officer to surrender badge, dog after felony cruelty conviction
 The law enforcement career of a Kyle police officer might be over after a Travis County jury found him guilty Thursday of beating and seriously injuring a dog he bought for his fiancée last year. David Salinas’ felony conviction for animal cruelty triggers the automatic revocation of his peace officer’s license, according...

Posted: 4 days ago

The law enforcement career of a Kyle police officer might be over after a Travis County jury found him guilty Thursday of beating and seriously injuring a dog he bought for his fiancée last year. David Salinas’ felony conviction for animal cruelty triggers the automatic revocation of his peace officer’s license, according...
Kyle cop convicted of animal cruelty for severe injuries to poodle
 7:30 p.m. update: A jury has found Kyle police officer David Salinas guilty of animal cruelty for life-threatening injuries to his fiancée’s poodle Frisco. The felony conviction triggers a revocation of Salinas’ peace officer’s license. Rather than be sentenced by the jury, Salinas agreed to two years probation and...

Posted: 5 days ago

7:30 p.m. update: A jury has found Kyle police officer David Salinas guilty of animal cruelty for life-threatening injuries to his fiancée’s poodle Frisco. The felony conviction triggers a revocation of Salinas’ peace officer’s license. Rather than be sentenced by the jury, Salinas agreed to two years probation and...
20-year sentence upheld for Smithville woman in daughter’s death
 The 3rd Court of Appeals upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a Smithville woman with three drunken driving arrests who failed to abstain from alcohol while on probation for a car wreck that killed her 7-year-old daughter. The court released a short opinion Wednesday, saying it did not find any reversible error in the February sentence a...

Posted: 5 days ago

The 3rd Court of Appeals upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a Smithville woman with three drunken driving arrests who failed to abstain from alcohol while on probation for a car wreck that killed her 7-year-old daughter. The court released a short opinion Wednesday, saying it did not find any reversible error in the February sentence a...
Kyle officer on trial after poodle hospitalized with broken ribs
 Frisco, a miniature poodle, was hospitalized last year with 17 broken ribs, a punctured lung and significant bruising under his white fluffy coat. Travis County prosecutors believe it was the result of a beating by the dog’s owner, a Kyle police officer. David Salinas, 34, is charged with animal cruelty in connection with the life-threatening...

Posted: 6 days ago

Frisco, a miniature poodle, was hospitalized last year with 17 broken ribs, a punctured lung and significant bruising under his white fluffy coat. Travis County prosecutors believe it was the result of a beating by the dog’s owner, a Kyle police officer. David Salinas, 34, is charged with animal cruelty in connection with the life-threatening...
Weighing wife’s illness, workaholic Judge Sam Sparks cut caseload
 If you want to soften up crusty U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, ask about the time he nearly blew it with the woman he’d end up marrying. Sparks was drenched in sweat from playing golf and had tobacco rolling down his chin when he arrived at a Fort Worth hotel in April 1995. He encountered a striking blonde in the elevator and learned...

Posted: 10 days ago

If you want to soften up crusty U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, ask about the time he nearly blew it with the woman he’d end up marrying. Sparks was drenched in sweat from playing golf and had tobacco rolling down his chin when he arrived at a Fort Worth hotel in April 1995. He encountered a striking blonde in the elevator and learned...
Four years after Colton Turner’s death, toddler’s mother pleads guilty
 Four years after the remains of 2-year-old Colton Turner were found buried in a South Austin grave, the boy’s mother scrapped plans to go to trial and accepted some responsibility for his death. Meagan Work, whose felony case has been delayed for years over misleading statements she made to investigators about the boy’s disappearance...

Posted: 11 days ago

Four years after the remains of 2-year-old Colton Turner were found buried in a South Austin grave, the boy’s mother scrapped plans to go to trial and accepted some responsibility for his death. Meagan Work, whose felony case has been delayed for years over misleading statements she made to investigators about the boy’s disappearance...
Meagan Work pleads guilty in 2014 death of toddler Colton Turner
 Four years after the remains of 2-year-old Colton Turner were found buried in a South Austin grave, the boy’s mother scrapped plans to go to trial and accepted some responsibility for his death. Meagan Work, whose felony case has been delayed for years over misleading statements she made to investigators about the boy’s disappearance...

Posted: 12 days ago

Four years after the remains of 2-year-old Colton Turner were found buried in a South Austin grave, the boy’s mother scrapped plans to go to trial and accepted some responsibility for his death. Meagan Work, whose felony case has been delayed for years over misleading statements she made to investigators about the boy’s disappearance...