Appeal of Texas Teen Beating Case may have Hearing

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HOUSTON (AP) - A former Houston police officer alleging juror misconduct in his conviction in the videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect during an arrest could get a court hearing on his motion for a new trial.

Attorneys for Drew Ryser said Wednesday a judge will either hold an Aug. 22 hearing with witness testimony on the motion or decide to review the motion on his own.

Ryser's attorneys say the jury foreman researched the case online outside the courtroom and shared his findings with fellow jurors.

Jurors convicted Ryser in June of misdemeanor official oppression in the March 2010 beating of Chad Holley. Ryser was sentenced to two years of probation.

Holley was convicted of burglary and sentenced to probation. He was later sent to jail on another burglary charge.