Client’s Murder Charge Successfully Appealed

Case Background

On July 4th, 2015 in Brownfield, TX, the defendant was pulled over by police and charged with murder of Christavian Jerrod Baker. However, police failed to properly interrogate the defendant and all rights were not read.

Once arrested, Fred Stangl worked with the defendant to suppress statements to the police. The Terry County Trial Court originally granted a motion to suppress and the State of Texas appealed.

Appeal Decision

On January 7th, Fred Stangl won the case in the Court of Appeals on behalf of his client, accused of murder in Terry County. The 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo agreed that his client’s constitutional rights were violated by law enforcement officers investigating the case. All evidence illegally obtained in the investigation was suppressed.

With the affirmed decision, the State could further appeal or the prosecution is left to go to trial without evidence or dismiss.

Update on 3/2/2019: the State has decided NOT to appeal the 7th court’s decision further. A trial date has not been set.

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