Ryan Autullo

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Jury deliberates in Onyeri trial linked to shooting of Judge Kocurek
 A federal jury will reconvene Thursday morning to continue deliberating in the trial of Chimene Onyeri, whose fraud and racketeering charges have been tied by authorities to the shooting of Travis County State District Judge Julie Kocurek. Deliberations lasted a little more than an hour Wednesday before the jury elected to go home for the...

Posted: 10 hours ago

A federal jury will reconvene Thursday morning to continue deliberating in the trial of Chimene Onyeri, whose fraud and racketeering charges have been tied by authorities to the shooting of Travis County State District Judge Julie Kocurek. Deliberations lasted a little more than an hour Wednesday before the jury elected to go home for the...
Jury weighs complex charge in Onyeri’s shooting of Judge Kocurek
 Prosecutors seeking a conviction that could send Chimene Onyeri to federal prison for life needed to prove two things to the jury: that he shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek, and that the attack on the judge was related to a fraud ring that Onyeri is accused of leading. As jurors began deliberating Wednesday, there was little doubt that...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Prosecutors seeking a conviction that could send Chimene Onyeri to federal prison for life needed to prove two things to the jury: that he shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek, and that the attack on the judge was related to a fraud ring that Onyeri is accused of leading. As jurors began deliberating Wednesday, there was little doubt that...
BREAKING: Miller gets 10 years on probation, 6 months in jail for 2015 slaying of Austin musician
 James Miller, a former Austin police employee who was found guilty on Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 slaying of Daniel Spencer, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years on probation. Miller had faced anywhere from two to 10 years in prison. Instead, as a condition of the probation, Miller will serve 180 days in the Travis...

Posted: 21 hours ago

James Miller, a former Austin police employee who was found guilty on Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the 2015 slaying of Daniel Spencer, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years on probation. Miller had faced anywhere from two to 10 years in prison. Instead, as a condition of the probation, Miller will serve 180 days in the Travis...
Prosecutors attack Onyeri’s explanation for Judge Kocurek shooting
 In presenting their final arguments before the case turns over to the jury, federal prosecutors called Chimene Onyeri a “calculated criminal … who is extraordinarily adept at manipulating people.” The prosecution spent more than an hour before lunch educating the jury on the elements needed to prove all 17 counts Onyeri...

Posted: 22 hours ago

In presenting their final arguments before the case turns over to the jury, federal prosecutors called Chimene Onyeri a “calculated criminal … who is extraordinarily adept at manipulating people.” The prosecution spent more than an hour before lunch educating the jury on the elements needed to prove all 17 counts Onyeri...
Jam session with Austin musicians leads to fatal stabbing conviction
 A chance meeting between two Austin musicians led to the violent death of one man and a felony conviction for the other. James Miller, a former Austin police employee who took up the guitar in retirement, was found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the September 2015 stabbing of saxophonist Daniel Spencer. The two had gathered...

Posted: a day ago

A chance meeting between two Austin musicians led to the violent death of one man and a felony conviction for the other. James Miller, a former Austin police employee who took up the guitar in retirement, was found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide in the September 2015 stabbing of saxophonist Daniel Spencer. The two had gathered...
James Miller avoids murder conviction, but guilty of lesser charge
 A Travis County jury found James Miller not guilty of murder in the September 2015 stabbing of Daniel Spencer, but found him guilty of a lesser felony charge of criminally negligent homicide. The verdict came down Tuesday, about an hour after the jury signaled it had reached an impasse following nine hours of deliberation. The trial&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

A Travis County jury found James Miller not guilty of murder in the September 2015 stabbing of Daniel Spencer, but found him guilty of a lesser felony charge of criminally negligent homicide. The verdict came down Tuesday, about an hour after the jury signaled it had reached an impasse following nine hours of deliberation. The trial&rsquo...
Onyeri says he didn’t mean to shoot Judge Kocurek, rails at banks
 Chimene Onyeri took the witness stand Monday and continued to deny that he purposefully shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek while also railing at banking institutions and attempting to discredit several dozen witnesses who have testified against him. Onyeri spent much of the day sparring with federal prosecutors, refusing to identify...

Posted: 2 days ago

Chimene Onyeri took the witness stand Monday and continued to deny that he purposefully shot state District Judge Julie Kocurek while also railing at banking institutions and attempting to discredit several dozen witnesses who have testified against him. Onyeri spent much of the day sparring with federal prosecutors, refusing to identify...
Onyeri says it’s OK to steal from people, banks — “I’m not a thief!”
 Chimene Onyeri took offense to a suggestion from prosecutors that he is a thief for skimming debit card numbers from unsuspecting people at ATMs. “I’m not a thief!” Onyeri fired back Monday in an exchange with federal prosecutor Gregg Sofer. Onyeri said people whose money he stole are not victims because they recouped their...

Posted: 2 days ago

Chimene Onyeri took offense to a suggestion from prosecutors that he is a thief for skimming debit card numbers from unsuspecting people at ATMs. “I’m not a thief!” Onyeri fired back Monday in an exchange with federal prosecutor Gregg Sofer. Onyeri said people whose money he stole are not victims because they recouped their...
Defendant Onyeri testifies, admits to shooting Judge Kocurek
 The two people central to Chimene Onyeri’s alleged shooting of state District Judge Julie Kocurek took the witness stand Thursday — and one of them started sobbing. It was not the person who was nearly killed in front of her teenage son. Kocurek was composed as she presented gripping testimony about her road to recovery from four...

Posted: 6 days ago

The two people central to Chimene Onyeri’s alleged shooting of state District Judge Julie Kocurek took the witness stand Thursday — and one of them started sobbing. It was not the person who was nearly killed in front of her teenage son. Kocurek was composed as she presented gripping testimony about her road to recovery from four...
Judge Julie Kocurek testifies she ‘wanted to die’ after 2015 gun attack
 11:35 a.m. update: Defendant Chimene Onyeri is testifying now. State District Judge Julie Kocurek said she wanted to die after she was ambushed by gunfire outside of her West Austin home in November 2015. Kocurek testified for about 75 minutes Thursday in the trial of alleged shooter Chimene Onyeri, who witnesses said tried to kill...

Posted: 6 days ago

11:35 a.m. update: Defendant Chimene Onyeri is testifying now. State District Judge Julie Kocurek said she wanted to die after she was ambushed by gunfire outside of her West Austin home in November 2015. Kocurek testified for about 75 minutes Thursday in the trial of alleged shooter Chimene Onyeri, who witnesses said tried to kill...
Co-defendant says Onyeri was ‘laser focused’ on killing Judge Kocurek
 The growing list of people who have testified about the failed plan to kill state District Judge Julie Kocurek now includes a man who was with defendant Chimene Onyeri on the night the judge was ambushed outside of her West Austin home. Rasul Scott, a homeless man Onyeri took in and allegedly recruited for his ATM fraud scheme, presented...

Posted: 8 days ago

The growing list of people who have testified about the failed plan to kill state District Judge Julie Kocurek now includes a man who was with defendant Chimene Onyeri on the night the judge was ambushed outside of her West Austin home. Rasul Scott, a homeless man Onyeri took in and allegedly recruited for his ATM fraud scheme, presented...