Wednesday, May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024
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Leading Off (1/8/16): True Crime Edition

If you like Netflix's Making a Murderer, you'll love today's "Leading Off."

Dallas Murders Up 17 Percent. But that’s compared to the historically low 2014 number (116) and ranks as the fourth-lowest annual homicide rate — 10.7 per 100,000 residents — since the police started counting in 1930. However, our city was still a bloodier place per capita during the past year than were Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, New York, San Diego, or San Jose.

12 DA Employees Back Their Boss. Lawyers for Dallas County district attorney Susan Hawk filed a motion yesterday afternoon calling the attempt to remove her from office “contemptible.” The motion was supported by affidavits from eleven prosecutors and Hawk’s secretary who oppose the effort. Judge David Peeples of San Antonio will preside this morning over a hearing to consider whether the suit to decide Hawk’s fitness will proceed to a jury trial.

Armed Standoff Ends After 15 Years. Rather than face charges of assaulting a police officer in 1999, Joe Gray retreated, armed, to his 47-acre property in Henderson County. No one told him until now that the charges got dropped in December 2014.

Paxton Prosecution Costs Collin County Big. Collin County Judge Keith Self isn’t happy that the three special prosecutors appointed to pursue felony charges against Attorney General Ken Paxton are being paid $300 an hour rather than the standard rate of $1,000 for pretrial work, and $1,000 a day during the trial. The presiding judge signed off on the payments. Collin County Commissioners are looking into whether they have any legal recourse.

Fugitives Coming Home. Co-“Worst Parent Ever” Tonya Couch has returned to Texas and is now in Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $1 million, while the Marine who allegedly killed a UNT student in Denton on New Year’s Day will soon be transferred back from Arizona.