HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned a ruling that upheld a judge's instructions to jurors about to consider the role of a second inmate in a 2007 escape attempt that left a guard dead.
The state's highest criminal court ruled Wednesday in favor of Walker County prosecutors seeking a capital murder conviction against John Falk Jr. He's facing a possible death sentence in the slaying of Wynne Unit Officer Susan Canfield. Canfield was on horseback and thrown after being hit by a fleeing truck.
Falk's trial in Bryan has been on hold as prosecutors argued the instructions only allowed the jury to consider Falk a conspirator and not party to the death. The inmate driving the truck was convicted and sent to death row. Falk was nearby.
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