Breaking News Breaking News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:12:06 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Judge Grants $50,000 Bond for Hannah Overton Breaking News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 4:04:20 PM Bart Bedsole - Judge Grants $50,000 Bond for Hannah Overton

CORPUS CHRISTI - After serving nearly seven years in prison, Hannah Overton was granted bond Tuesday, while awaiting her new trial for Capital Murder.

Judge Mario Ramirez of Edinburg made the ruling after several hours of testimony by witnesses who talked about Overton's character and her likelihood to abide by bond conditions.

Prosecutors had requested a bond of $250,000, the same amount set prior to the original trial.

Overton's attorney's had requested a PR bond, not requiring any payment.

Ramirez allowed a bond of $50,000 instead.

At the hearing, Overon's appellate attorney called several witnesses to testify about their experience with her.

Pastor Joe Fauss with the Calvary International Commission testified about his experience with Hannah as a teenager, when she babysitted for kids in his group and took part in mission trips to help children in places like Reynosa, Mexico.

Richard and Tanya Subialdea then testified separately about Overton's interaction with their disabled son.

Richard Subialdea said Overton was the best caregiver he ever had.

Pastor Kenneth De Koning and his wife Sibyl then testified that based on their experience with Overton, they would allow her to take care of their grandchildren without hesitation

Following the testimony about her character, defense attorneys argued several matters of evidence in the case.

They claimed if samples of Andrew's vomit from the urgent care clinic were available for analysis by the defense, it could have made a difference in the outcome of the case.

They also discussed the opinions of Dr. Michael Moritz, a salt poisoning expert, which were not presented to the jury in the original trial.

Moritz believes the blood sodium level of Andrew Burd would have made it highly unlikely for him to survive, even if he received immediate medical attention.

Overton's conviction of Capital Murder was based on her not providing timely medical care.

Her attorneys went on to question other facts presented in the original trial, and suggested at least one doctor who testified in 2007, Dr. Alex Rotta, now questions the district attorney's decision to re-try Overton.

Pastor Rod Carver of the Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands then testified that Hannah's ties run deep in the community, from her own family to her involvement with his church.

Carver also testified that although a previous member of his church was able to post her original bond in 2006, that member is gone, and the church is not capable of coming up with the same $250,000 that was posted before.

A letter from a prison guard in Gatesville was also presented.

The guard wrote than in his six and a half years of interaction with Overton, she appeared to be "the epitome of a model prisoner" and "admired by her fellow inmates".




After serving seven years in prison, Overton was transferred back to the Nueces County Jail when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled she received "ineffective counsel" at her trial.

A jury sentenced Overton to life in prison in September 2007 after her foster son, Andrew Burd, died from a sodium overdose.

214th District Judge Jose Longoria, who presided over the original trial, was recently removed from the case, after Overton's attorney argued he had a conflict of interest.

Judge Longoria had previously hired a lighting company that employed Overton's husband. Additionally, a relative of Overton is married to Longoria's stepdaughter.



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New Changes to the Residential Street Program Breaking News Tue, 11 Nov 2014 5:10:38 PM Caroline Flores New Changes to the Residential Street Program

CORPUS CHRISTI - The city is looking at some big changes to the residential street program that would benefit lots of homeowners. Lots of folks have complained that it's costing them too much to get their neighborhood streets fixed.

Right now our residential street program is called the 90/10 program. Meaning residents pay 90% of the costs and the city pays 10%. To get a residential street fixed, the majority of residents on a street have to agree to participate.

"We have a program, we just don't like our program," said City Councilman Mark Scott.

To make the program more likable the city is planning on flipping the cost so the city pays 90%. To do that, the city says the program needs more funding. As of now our program is so under funded that even if people on a street did decide to participate, it would take the city years to get to it.

"By the time the city's portion was made available, residents had changed. And so you'd have to go through the process again and it was just... It was just cumbersome," said Councilman Scott.

But the city has a plan to combat that. On next year's budget, the city will add over 2 million dollars in funding to the program. In 2016 they will go to the voters to ask for about 8 million more from sales tax revenues.

One community activist is looking forward to the changes. "I can only hope for the best. As long as they listen to the voice of our citizens, we're gonna be happy," said Susie Luna Saldana.

The city plans on calling the new plan the Residential Street Vitality Program, or RSVP. The city plans to have the new changes on the city council agenda in the next few months.


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Texas Voter ID Law Blocked By Federal Judge Breaking News Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:59:44 PM Texas Voter ID Law Blocked By Federal Judge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday likened Texas' tough voter ID rules to a poll tax meant to suppress minority voters and blocked Texas from enforcing it just weeks ahead of next month's election, knocking down a law that the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as deliberately discriminatory.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi is a defeat for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept the U.S. in recent years and have mostly been upheld in court. And it wasn't the only one. The U.S. Supreme Court also blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs.

Gonzales Ramos, an appointee of President Barack Obama, never signaled during a two-week trial in September that she intended to rule on the Texas law - rebuked as the toughest of its kind in the U.S. - before Election Day. But the timing could spare an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters from needing one of seven kinds of photos identification to cast a ballot.

The Justice Department says more than 600,000 of those voters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, currently lack any eligible ID to vote.

Gonzales Ramos' ruling says the law "creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose." It added that the measure: "constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax."

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office said it would appeal.

"The State of Texas will immediately appeal and will urge the Fifth Circuit to resolve this matter quickly to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election," said Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for Abbott's office.

Early voting is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 20.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said, "The Court today effectively ruled that racial discrimination simply cannot spread to the ballot box."

Nineteen states have laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls. Courts across the country have knocked down challenges - including at the U.S. Supreme Court - but the Texas case attracted unusual attention from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

He brought the weight of his office into Texas after the Supreme Court last year struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, which had prohibited the state from enacting its voter ID law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. Democrats and minority rights groups joined the Justice Department in the lawsuit.

The full Voting Rights Act had blocked Texas and eight other states with histories of discrimination from changing election laws without permission from the DOJ or a federal court. Holder vowed to wring whatever protections he could from the new and weakened version, and made Texas a first target.

But prevailing in court required proving intentional discrimination, and Texas maintained that opponents produced no evidence.

Abbott is favored to win the race to replace Perry as governor. His office said minorities and whites alike supported the law in public opinion polls. It also pointed to other states, such as Georgia and Indiana, where the similar measures have been upheld.

But opponents slammed Texas' law as far more discriminatory. College students IDs aren't accepted by poll workers, but concealed handgun licenses are. Free voting IDs offered by the state require a birth certificate that costs little as $3, but the Justice Department argued that traveling to get those documents imposes an outsize burden on poor minorities.

As a result, opponents say, Texas has issued fewer than 300 free voter IDs since the law took effect. Georgia, meanwhile, has issued 2,200 voter IDs under a similar program with more robust outreach.

Texas has already conducted two smaller statewide elections under voter ID, in which no widespread issues were reported.

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Three Dead After Shooting at RV Park in Flour Bluff Breaking News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 8:48:44 PM Three Dead After Shooting at RV Park in Flour Bluff

CORPUS CHRISTI -Three people are dead, a young boy is seriously wounded, and a 63 year old man is accused of shooting them all.

Corpus Christi Police were called to the Marina Village RV Park on NAS Drive in Flour Bluff around 7pm Sunday evening.

Officers discovered three people dead outside their homes.

A 10-year-old boy was found inside one of the homes with at least two gunshot wounds.  He was taken to the hospital where he is expected to survive.

More than a dozen people witnessed all or part of the shooting.

They directed responding officers to the 63 year old man's location.

He surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.

Several weapons were also found at the scene, although it's unclear which ones were used in the shooting.

The man is expected to be charged with Capital Murder.

Crime scene techs and detectives are examining the outside of several homes for evidence.

The identities of the three victimes have not been released.

It's unclear what prompted the shooting.

As of late Sunday evening, police didn't know of any relationship between the suspect and the victims.

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