More Delays in New Punishment Phase for Convicted Bryan Murderer

A re-do on the punishment phase for a convicted Bryan murderer will now have to wait longer.

The start of Christian Olsen's trial is now scheduled for May 11, with a weeks-long jury selection prior.

In 2009, Olsen received the death penalty for the 2007 murder of his across the street neighbor, Etta Jean Westbrook. However, an appeals court ordered the punishment phase of the trial to be redone because a defense witness the appellate court judges believe should have been allowed to testify wasn't. Olsen's conviction was upheld.

Last year, a new state law went into effect requiring DNA analysis of any biological evidence in any death penalty case. The need for continued testing is the hold-up in Olsen's case.

In June 2007, Olsen was arrested for killing Westbrook. Two weeks after his arrest for that killing, he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend's mother, Geraldine Lloyd. Police believe Lloyd's murder took place six months earlier. Lloyd was found buried in the backyard of her home.

Olsen was convicted of the Westbrook murder. His girlfriend, Kelly Sifuentez, took a plea deal on a solicitation of capital murder charge and received 30 years in prison in the death of her mother, Lloyd.


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