AUSTIN (KXAN) - Laura Hall will get a new sentencing trial for her role in themutilation of a girl's body in the 2005 West Campus murdercase.
The court of criminal appeals Wednesday agreed with defenselawyers that the prosecution improperly withheld information thatcould have raised questions about the credibility of a cabdriver,who said during Hall's sentencing trial that she was cold andcallous.
The man also said Hall made negative comments about the victim,Jennifer Cave, while she rode in his taxi in 2006.
What the prosecution did not disclose, attorneys said, was thatthe taxi driver was not able identify Hall in a photo lineup.
The court of criminal appeals Wednesday did deny Hall a newtrial for tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension -which means her conviction will still stand.
Hall has been free since February 2009 on a $150,000 bond.
Prosecutors said Hall helped University of Texas student ColtonPitonyak dismember his girlfriend's body after he killed her.Jennifer Cave's mutilated body was found in her bathtub by hermother's boyfriend.
Pitonyak and Hall both fled to Mexico after the murder beforebeing taken into custody.
Pitonyak was tried in 2007 for the murder and sentenced to 55years in prison. He is not eligible for parole until 2034. He willbe 52 years old.
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