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.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.