Travis County jurors sentenced Derrick Kuykendall to 15 years in prison Friday for the death of a 23-year-old man, after a March 2013 argument between two groups of downtown revelers ended with gunfire.When the jurors reached the decision after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, they included a note asking for Kuykendall to receive psychiatric help while incarcerated.

That unusual gesture suggested to Kuykendall’s attorn...

A Killeen man was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday in a deadly downtown Austin shooting during Texas Relays weekend in March 2013.


Travis County jurors deliberated for eight hours before returning the verdict against Derrick Leroy Kuykendall, who faces up to 20 years in prison in the killing of Bennie Heslip, 23, of Pflugerville. Testimony in the sentencing phase of his murder trial began shortly after the jury reache...

Jonathan Fisher told jurors Tuesday that he rushed to the aid of his longtime friend, Bennie Heslip, as the young man staggered back, gasping for air, moments after he was shot in the chest during a fight last year in downtown Austin.


Fisher, a Lake Travis firefighter, said he tried to perform CPR until the medics arrived. “I knew the path that he was on,” he said, wiping away tears, his voice trailing.


“Were you tryin...

A man is serving five years in prison for a deadly stabbing at a South Austin motel party last year that witnesses said resulted from a fight over stolen cell phones.


Arthur Davis, 37, was expected to go to trial a second time this week after a Travis County jury deadlocked on a verdict in April following four hours of deliberations. He instead pleaded guilty Friday to murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fe...


A Travis County judge declared a mistrial late Friday for a man charged in a deadly stabbing at a South Austin motel party that witnesses said resulted from a fight over stolen cell phones.


Jurors deliberated more than four hours before failing to render a verdict against Arthur Davis in the February 2013 death of Robert Spencer Manning. District Judge David Wahlberg declared a hung jury and scheduled a new trial for Se...

On the stand Tuesday, Ashli Poole said she was sure she saw Arthur Deon Davis kill one man and injure another in a brawl at a South Austin motel party that arose over stolen cell phones.


Prosecutors called her one of the most neutral witnesses in their case against Davis, who is on trial for murder and aggravated assault in the February 2013 death of Robert Spencer Manning. They said the 18-year-old woman had not known any...

March 11, 2014

A 27-year-old woman who burned her new husband to death after luring him to the bathroom by promising a hot oil massage has been found guilty of arson causing death.


A jury today spared Indian national Shriya Patel from an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole over the April 2012 attack, by finding her not guilty of capital punishment.

Instead, Patel could spend anywhere between spend five years to lif...

11:15 p.m. update: Jurors have been excused for the weekend in the capital murder trial of Shriya Patel.Judge David Crain has said they will resume their deliberations Monday morning.


The 27-year-old woman from India, who appeared relieved with the verdict, had been facing a charge of capital murder in the death of Bimal Patel, 29, and would have received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole had she been...

The fate of Shriya Patel, charged with intentionally igniting a fiery blast that consumed her husband, remains in the hands of a Travis County jury.The 27-year-old woman, a native of India, is facing an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the April 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Bimal Patel. District Judge David Crain also has allowed jurors to consider the lesser offens...

The night Bimal Patel was engulfed in flames, he was likely lying on his back in the bathtub when his wife swiftly opened the door, splashed him with gasoline from a disposable cup and shut him inside, an arson investigator with the Austin Fire Department testified Thursday.


But under cross-examination, Shriya Patel’s defense lawyers disputed the findings of Capt. Andrew Reardon, pointing to cellphone records and other evi...

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