Texas Court Nixes New Trial In Baylor Sex Assault Case

Law360 (June 6, 2018, 9:51 PM EDT) -- Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday held an appellate panel wrongly ordered a new trial for a former Baylor University football star convicted of sexual assault, overturning the court’s finding text messages between the victim and her friend were wrongly kept from jurors.

In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Criminal Appeals said a trial court did not abuse its discretion when it excluded from Sam Ukwuachu’s trial a series of text messages sent by the victim shortly before the alleged assault. It said the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco in March 2017 erred when it held the exclusion of...

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