The murder case against Courtney Hayden has been dismissed.
In 2015, she was convicted in the shooting death of Anthony Macias, but today, Judge Nanette Hasette granted Hayden's motion to dismiss the case, ruling that prosecutors intentionally suppressed evidence that might have changed the outcome of the trial. That evidence might have proven Hayden's claim that it was self defense.
She was originally granted a new trial after her defense attorneys learned about the evidence issue.
District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, who wasn't in office during Hayden's trial, says he probably won't appeal Judge Hasette's decision.
Hayden pled guilty to aggravated robbery before trial. It's unclear if that case will be re-tried.
This evening, Hayden's defense team, which consists of John Gilmore, Lisa Greenberg, and Nathan Burkett, released this statement.
"Judge Hasette's ruling today upholds the constitutional rights of our accused citizens in the face of what may be a significant public outcry. Her ruling supports the proposition that Nueces County is a place where it’s citizens should not and will not be in danger of being wrongfully convicted based on incomplete or hidden evidence. We are all safer knowing that ethical judges like Judge Hasette take brave stands in the face of injustice."