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The graphic 911 calls detailing a Katy mother’s decision to kill her two daughters were released by police on Tuesday.

One was from 17-year-old Madison Sheats, who can be heard with her sister and father begging their mother, Christy Sheats, not to kill them. The other came from a neighbor across the street, who witnessed the fatal shootings after Christy chased her family out the door and killed her two daughters, Madison and 22-year-old Taylor Sheats, in the middle of the street. Their father, Jason, ran to the end of the cul-de-sac and was uninjured.

The first call from Madison is nearly inaudible, full of shrill screams, just after Christy pulled out the gun in a family meeting in the living room. Intermittently, voices can be heard begging, “Please don’t shoot us” and, “Please don’t point the gun at her,” and “Please forgive me—I’m sorry.” Toward the end, 45-year-old Jason pleads, “I promise you, whatever you want, I—” before another scream cuts him out.

For more, read the Houston Press’ full story about the tragedy.

Virtually everyone agrees – from defense attorneys to legal scholars to appellate court judges – that a cop violates your constitutional right against an unreasonable search if he or she escalates a traffic stop into a roadside vaginal or anal probe.

It’s unclear, then, why the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has defended its deputies’ actions in the case of Charneshia Corley, who was pulled over for allegedly rolling through a stop sign near the corner of Ella and Barren Springs. According to Corley’s attorney, “The deputies slammed this 21-year-old girl facedown on the ground and got on top of her. The deputy grabbed her pants, pulled her pants down all the way past her ankles, while officers held her legs. Then one of them stuck her fingers up inside her.” 

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That’s the question now that the federal Food and Drug Administration has tentatively banned Texas prison officials from importing a particular type of drug used to execute death row convicts. The letter comes after the feds blocked Texas from illegally importing shipments of the execution drug sodium thiopental from India last year. The move raises the question not only of how Texas will continue to execute the condemned once its current supply of death drugs runs out, but what protocol prison officials will use in the future as it becomes harder and harder for death penalty states to get their hands on execution drugs. 

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Two police officers separately accused of using excessive force against teenage students in Texas high schools were cleared of wrongdoing last week.

Last Monday, the Round Rock Police Department announced officer Rigo Valles would not face disciplinary action after he was videotaped in October grabbing 14-year-old Round Rock High School student Gyasi Hughes by the throat and pinning him against the ground, Austin’s KXAN reported. And then on Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported that Harris County grand jurors concluded that Pasadena ISD police officer Michael Y’Barbo’s May 2014 baton beating of 16-year-old South Houston High School student Cesar Suquet was not worthy of criminal charges. 

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According to a new report authored by the Anti-Defamation League, Texas is home to two of the largest prison gangs in the country, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Aryan Circle, which collectively have more than 3,500 members nationwide and one member as far away as France.  But these groups are not just made up of a bunch of inmates picking fights in the prison yard. They extend far beyond prison bars, the report notes. The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, for example, is responsible for at least 33 murders in communities across Texas in the past 15 years, according to the report.

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Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller has found plenty of missing people over the past decade — but, at least as far as we can tell, it doesn’t appear he’s ever tried to obtain custody of any of them. Just two days after an EquuSearch found the body of 15-year-old Abigail English, who had been missing for a month, Miller went on the news to say he wanted custody of the girl so he could give her a proper burial, since her own family apparently wanted to cremate her. 

garza-irene-1A former priest suspected of killing a Texas second-grade teacher in 1960 has been arrested in Scottsdale and officially charged with murder.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Apprehension and Surveillance Team, coordinating with two Texas agencies, the Texas Rangers and the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, detained John Feit outside his apartment in Scottsdale.

He has been jailed in Arizona pending extradition to Texas, according to an MCSO spokesman.


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Miami-Dade police were charged with extraditing Alberto Morales to Las Vegas, but the convict managed to escape by stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses in a Walmart parking lot in Grapevine, Texas.

The detective, Jaime Pardinas, is still in serious but stable condition. Morales, however, remains at large. Miami New Times has the story. 

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