Lawyers Attempt To Halt Execution, Alleging Affair

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - Lawyers for a death row inmate asked the
state's highest criminal appeals court today to block his scheduled
execution this week.
Charles Dean Hood's attorneys say his judge and prosecutor were
having an affair during his Collin County murder trial.
Hood is scheduled to die Wednesday night in the state death
chamber in Huntsville for the 1989 slayings of a former stripper
and her boyfriend in Plano. That's why his attorneys are asking for
a stay of execution from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in
Austin.
Hood's attorneys also are asking Governor Rick Perry for a
reprieve and for the state attorney general's office to intervene
and ask the governor to issue a reprieve.
Retired state District Judge Verla Sue Holland and former Collin
County district attorney Tom O'Connell have declined to address the
allegations that they were having the affair.
Meanwhile, efforts to depose Holland and O'Connell are on hold
today as attorneys from both sides battle over jurisdiction. Hood's
attorneys want to keep the case in state court, while attorneys for
Holland and O'Connell want it moved to federal court.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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