Still No Decision from Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Falk Trial Issue

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Still No Decision from Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Falk Trial Issue

Published on January 10, 2013 by Larry Crippen

Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which has delayed the capital murder trial of John Ray Falk Jr. for over a month, failed to discuss a writ of mandamus filed by the Walker County District Attorney’s Office.

Falk is being tried as a co-conspirator in the murder of former TDCJ correctional officer Susan Canfield who died during Falk’s and fellow inmate Jerry Duane Martin’s prison escape in 2007.

The District Attorney’s office had filed the writ with the appeals court to obtain a ruling on the fairness of Judge Ken Keeling’s instructions to the jury in the Falk case in which the prosecution had to prove Falk had to have known the exact “manner and means” in which fellow escapee Jerry Duane Martin would have killed Officer Canfield when the pair made their escape.

Pending a ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Falk’s trial is scheduled to resume in Bryan January 14th.

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