RIO VISTA, Texas (AP) – An official in Texas says authorities there had no reports involving the couple charged in California with shackling and starving 12 of their 13 children. David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty in Riverside County, California, to multiple counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment. The couple moved to California from near Fort Worth, Texas, in 2011. Patrick Crimmins with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said Saturday that his agency had no investigations concerning the Turpins. A former neighbor in Rio Vista, Texas, tells the Los Angeles Times that the Turpins never socialized and rarely left their house. Ricky Vinyard says the Turpins kept lights on at all hours, blinds drawn. He says one Christmas they bought eight new children’s bicycles that sat outside, unused.
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been convicted of murder in the 2015 death of a teenager who went missing after she had stopped to return a rented DVD while on her way to church. Jurors had deliberated for almost 23 hours over several days before reaching a verdict on Saturday in the trial of Antonio Cochran. Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction against the 37-year-old Cochran, who authorities say abducted 18-year-old Zoe Hastings, drove her to a nearby creek bed and sexually assaulted her before killing the teenager. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office had previously reversed its plan to seek the death penalty after experts found Cochran is intellectually disabled. The sentencing phase of Cochran’s trial is set to begin Monday. He faces up to life in prison.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A broadcaster who co-founded The Weather Channel but later drew anger from people for his open distrust of climate change has died in Las Vegas. John Coleman was 83. Coleman was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career. His wife says he died Saturday night at home but hasn’t revealed the cause of his death. The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. He worked at several local stations in the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975. He served as CEO of The Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981. He appeared on cable news outlets to voice his doubts about climate change.
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A Fort Worth man on death row for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a children’s birthday party a decade ago has received an execution date. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials have received court documents setting 30-year-old Erick Davila for lethal injection April 25. Evidence showed Davila opened fire in April 2008 on a rival gang member at the party where 15 children were eating cake and ice cream on the front porch of a Fort Worth home. Five-year-old Queshawn Stevenson and her grandmother, 48-year-old Annette Stevenson, were killed. The U.S. Supreme Court last year rejected an appeal where Davila contended his lawyers failed to challenge a faulty jury instruction at his trial and on appeal.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say a 37-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting his estranged wife or girlfriend and then fleeing with their 18-month-old son is being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the missing child has been found safe. Authorities say Richard Concepcion is in grave condition. The couple’s son, Aaron Joseph Concepcion, was found unharmed in the back seat of Concepcion’s pickup truck in Guadalupe County, immediately east of San Antonio. Police Chief William McManus said earlier that officers responding to a Sunday morning call to assist with a child custody exchange received a second call before arriving that there had been a shooting. They found the woman dead on the doorstep at her home. McManus says police had responded previously to domestic trouble calls at the home.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 19-year-old man is facing a capital murder charge in San Antonio for what authorities say was a fatal shooting over 1 ounce of marijuana. Bexar County deputies say Joseph Edward Hernandez is accused of the death of 54-year-old Jose Manuel Cintron. Another man, a 22-year-old, was wounded in an exchange of gunfire at Cintron’s San Antonio home. Authorities say Hernandez went to the house to buy the ounce of marijuana, some kind of altercation erupted and Hernandez pulled a gun and shot the younger man. When Hernandez tried to flee, he was confronted by Cintron. Both men exchanged shots and Cintron was killed. The wounded man provided information that led to Hernandez. Sheriff’s Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez says he was arrested Friday without incident.
GRAPEVINE (AP) — A police chase in suburban Dallas has turned deadly when an SUV being pursued by officers crashed, killing three men inside the vehicle. Grapevine police say they suspected the driver was drunk. Authorities say the driver lost control, rolled down an embankment and landed in the northbound lanes of a highway. It appears the three men were ejected as the vehicle rolled. The chase started about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Haltom City, when officers tried to pull over the SUV, then headed northeast for about 15 miles before the driver lost control in a construction area. Names of the victims haven’t been immediately released.
AUSTIN (AP) — A women’s march in Austin featured former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and individuals dressed like characters from the dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Davis, who in 2013 garnered national attention for her nearly 13-hour filibuster over new Texas abortion restrictions, spoke at a rally Saturday at the state Capitol. At a rally supporting abortion and reproductive rights, Davis praised efforts by “young college change makers” to seek legislation in Texas against sex trafficking and against sexual assaults on college campuses. Events in Austin, which also featured a rally against President Donald Trump, included a march to the Capitol with a group of women who wore red capes and white bonnets like characters from the “The Handmaid’s Tale.” One anti-Trump protester was arrested by police after causing a disturbance.… Read the rest of the article…
WYLIE (AP) — Two white tigers housed illegally have been seized and placed in the care of a North Texas exotic animal sanctuary. Officials at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center in Wylie say Texas state wildlife officials contacted the sanctuary about 30 miles northeast of Dallas after finding the tigers at an undisclosed location. Two bears also seized have been moved to a zoo in Gainesville. The sanctuary’s founder and president, Vicky Keahey, says the tigers are joining 77 other cats at the shelter, are believed to be about 6 years old and have health issues, including bad eye problems. She says the housing of tigers without proper permits is a serious problem in Texas, where she says there are more tigers than in the wild.