Convicted Bryan Murderer Off Death Row, Back in Brazos County

The Bryan man convicted of capital murder whose death sentence was overturned has been returned to Brazos County's jail.

Thursday afternoon, Christian Olsen was taken off death row in Livingston and brought back to Bryan. The 25-year-old awaits a decision by the Brazos County District Attorney's office as to whether a new punishment hearing will be sought.

In April, an appeals court overturned Olsen's February 2009 death sentence because it ruled an expert witness should have been allowed to testify, but was not.

Olsen had been convicted of the June 2007 murder of Etta Jean Westbrook in her Bryan home. He was later charged with the murder of his girlfriend's mother, Geraldine Lloyd, from six months before the Westbrook killing.

No decision has been made on retrying the punishment phase, and one likely won't be made until a new district attorney has been determined. Bill Turner is retiring from that role. Two Republican candidates, David Hilburn and Jarvis Parsons, will go to a runoff on July 31. No Democrats are running for the office.

If there is no new punishment phase, Olsen will automatically be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.


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