TYLER (AP) – A former Texas death row inmate has argued in court that he should be exonerated in the 1977 death of a 21-year-old woman because another man is responsible for the killing. Kerry Max Cook appeared Friday in a Tyler court to argue for a final ruling of actual innocence in the death of Linda Jo Edwards. A murder charge against him was dropped last month based in part on false testimony previously given in his case. Cook would be eligible for compensation if it’s determined he’s innocent in the matter. The judge who oversaw Friday’s hearing will forward a recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which will make the determination. Cook says a man having an affair with Edwards at the time of her death was the killer.
CANTON — Child Protective Services is seeking the public’s help in finding four missing children. According to KETK, CPS was granted legal custody of the children on June 16 in Van Zandt County, but they have not been located. The children range from 8 months old to 13 years old. They are believed to be with Leslie Whittington and Paul Hidalgo. The children missing are Trent Dixon, 13; Lexi Whittington, 11; Kyleigh Whittington, 8; and Ed Hidalgo, 8 months old. Officials say they may be in a four-door white sedan or a 1999 dark red Lincoln Navigator, which was last seen in Canton. Call CPS at 903-368-0064 if you have any information that will help locate them.
PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department has identified three people who remain at large in the torture and death of a puppy in Palestine. According to KETK, police say Romello Smith, 21, Ronnie Morrison, 21, and Andreas Hicks, 20, all of Palestine, have been named as suspects. Arrest warrants have been issued for all three. Detectives have already taken into custody three others: Perla Miranda Fernandez, 20, Jasmine Warren, 18, and a minor, all of Athens. All of the suspects will be charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.… Read More
MARSHALL — Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa and the Marshall Police Department are seeking the community’s assistance in helping locate one of the agency’s most wanted fugitives, according to a police news release. MPD is seeking any information related to the location of Tom McPherson Jr. McPherson may also go by the alias of John Zorn Jr. or Reese McPherson. McPherson is wanted on two felony forgery warrants from the Marshall Police Department.… Read More
HENDERSON — The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion in which three people were arrested and one is still on the loose. According to KETK, officials responded June 21 to a report of a gunshot victim on State Highway 43 East. Deputies say a group of four armed men forced their way into a victim’s house and held three men at gunpoint while assaulting and robbing them. A struggle ensued, and as the victims ran from the suspects, one of the victims was shot in the leg.… Read More
AUSTIN (AP/Staff) – Matthew McConaughey is heading back to school this fall to teach a course on filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. The university says in a social media post that the Oscar winner and former Longview resident will teach at his alma mater alongside “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross. The university tells the San Antonio Express-News that the actor will take 30 students behind the scenes of McConaughey and Ross’ latest film, “The Free State of Jones” through recorded videos. The school says McConaughey will make at least one visit to campus for the class. The 1993 Texas grad has a home in Austin and has been seen on the sidelines at Longhorns football games.
TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and other agencies are once again stepping up patrols targeting DWI drivers for the 4th of July Holiday. The department will be participating in a state grant during the holiday that will provide funding to the department to enforce DWI laws. The enforcement detail will be on the look-out for intoxicated drivers from Friday, July 1st, at 3:00 p.m. through Monday, July 4th.… Read More
PALESTINE — Palestine Police have arrested a man Thursday morning following a drug raid and reportedly found an assortment of drugs. According to KETK, around 5:30, SWAT members raided a home on Eilenstein Street after an ongoing investigation into the sale of drugs from the location. Officers said they found 50 grams of cocaine, 29 grams of PCP, 43 grams of Ecstasy, 900 grams of codeine, 4 grams of methamphetamine, 1.5 grams of Xanax and over two pounds of marijuana. Officers also discovered a stolen firearm at the scene. The man was arrested for multiple charges relating to the drugs and stolen firearm. The name of the man is being withheld until he is arraigned.
DALLAS (AP) – Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the NFL’s domestic violence policy, but the free agent quarterback would be subject to it if he signs with another team. Manziel, released by Cleveland in March, is facing an assault charge in Dallas involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The league is reviewing that case. The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M was suspended the same week he posted pictures on Instagram from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The post included a reference to his father, Paul Manziel, who called his son a “druggie” following a report from The Associated Press of one of his attorneys mistakenly sending a text that indicated doubts whether Manziel could stay clean.
TYLER — The R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas at Tyler is preparing for its twentieth anniversary season. KTBB’s Bill Coates previews the entertainers and speakers coming to East Texas with Cowan Center Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew.