DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas judge says a former prosecutor and judge now running for Cooke County district attorney broke the law.
State District Judge Mike Snipes says Janice Warder violated the law by not disclosing evidence favorable to a man accused of raping and killing a woman.
Warder was the lead prosecutor in the case of a 1986 slaying of Galua Crosby in Garland.
She'd previously denied any wrongdoing in the murder trial against Clay Chabot. But in recommending to the Court of Criminal
Appeals that Chabot get a new trial, Snipes found yesterday that Warder failed to turn over statements and discussions to the defense.
The judge found Warder didn't disclose inconsistent statements from Chabot's brother-in-law, Gerald Pabst. Snipes also found Warder didn't reveal discussions with a witness about not being interested in prosecuting him for drug dealing.
Chabot spent 21 years in prison before DNA tests showed that Pabst was the rapist. Pabst had testified that it was Chabot who raped and killed the woman.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News,
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