Murder Appeals Dismissed for Huntsville Escapee

By: The Huntsville Item Email
By: The Huntsville Item Email

As a result of his escape from the Walker County Jail last summer, Trent Archie's appeals for a 2006 murder conviction have been dismissed.

Archie will now serve the remainder of his 40-year sentence handed down by a Walker County jury for the murder of Anthony Williams.

The Texas Court of Appeals in Waco granted a motion filed by the Walker County District Attorney's office to dismiss Archie's appeals after his escape. The law provides that if an individual escapes from custody while his appeal is pending and does not voluntarily return to custody within 10 days, the appellate court must dismiss the appeal.

The Court of Appeals in Waco had temporarily reversed Archie's murder conviction based on something said in court. His attorneys were in the appeals process when he escaped.

The state's highest criminal appellate court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, however, agreed with the District Attorney's office and State Prosecuting Attorney's Office. That court concluded that McAdams' ruling was correct and reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals in Waco. The state's highest court then sent the case back to Waco to determine if there were any other issues to consider, according to Walker County District Attorney David Weeks.

By granting the motion, the court in Waco has ended Archie’s appeal. Weeks said his office will now proceed with prosecuting Archie for other felony charges he received while out on bond. Archie stands accused of two counts of possession of a controlled substance, escape and tampering with physical evidence.

Weeks said he feels good knowing that Archie's conviction will stand. His office is working on gathering information to prosecute Archie on his other felony charges.

“It's been a long battle back and forth and it's nice to see it finally ended,” he said. “He can be kept away from this community for this community's safety. He's shown what a danger to society he is by the number of offenses he committed while out on bond.”

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