Nullification of bite mark evidence frees Dallas man after 28 years in prison

Fifty-nine-year-old Steven Mark Chaney, who spent 28 years of his life in prison due to a murder conviction in relation to the killing of Dallas couple John and Sally Sweek, was freed from jail on Monday, October 12 after the bite mark evidence that led to his conviction was formally discredited.

Chaney was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1989 after dentist Jim Hales told the jury that there was a one in a million chance that the bite marks found on John Sweek’s body were from someone other than Chaney.

State District Judge Dominique Collins overturned Chaney’s murder conviction after granting a joint request from Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk of The Innocence Project and the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office. While this is good news for Chaney, he has not been completely cleared of the crimes yet. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals must review the court’s findings before they grant a full exoneration.

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Murder suspect jailed in Texas

A man from Trinity is being held in Davidson County Jail after being a suspect in a murder case.

According to arrest warrants, the man is charged for the murder of three people. One of them is his mother and another is her boyfriend. The man in jail is one of four who is a suspect in connection with the case.

The incident occurred on November 10 when police were called to a home over an alleged shooting. When police arrived at the scene, they found three people dead. All four suspects have been arrested at this time.

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Two soldiers accused of killing teenager

Two soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg made their first court appearance after being accused of killing a teenager in Spring Lake.

The two 20-year-old men were charged with first-degree murder, the day after the body of a 17-year-old was found in the woods. The two men, who are both in the 82nd Airborne Division, were neighbors of the teenager.

A possible motive for why the two men would have killed the teen has not be determined and police have said that more will be known after an autopsy is done.

Dallas killers arrested in Bridgeport

Two young suspects, 19 and 17 yeas-old, connected with the murder of a Dallas store owner were found hiding in a relative’s home in Bridgeport last week.

Cameras at the store show the two men approaching the victim and her husband as they locked the fence to their store. One grabs a box in her hands, which contained her left over lunch and some onions, and shoots at her. She later died at hospital.

Both suspects will be tried as adults and could face the death penalty if convicted. They are each held on $1 million bond in Bridgeport.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.

Man convicted of murder in Ft. Worth 25 years later

A 66-year old Dallas real estate agent was recently convicted of murder nearly 25-years after the crime occurred.  After a month in court, the jury deliberated for two hours and determined that the man was guilty of capital murder for shooting a mother in her Fort Worth home on September 22, 1986.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case and he was instead sentenced to life in prison.  The real estate agent did not become a suspect until 2009 when DNA evidence found on duct tape at the scene of the crime led police to him.

The real estate agent maintains that the police have the wrong man and that there was a clerical error made with the DNA.  In an hour-long closing argument, the defense tried to convince jurors that the victim’s husband should be the suspect in question.  The defense maintained that there was more evidence against the husband than the real estate agent.

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