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Mar 12, 2015

U.S. Army sergeant pleads guilty to sex ring charges at Texas base

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of running a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the country, pled guilty on Wednesday to 15 charges related to the accusation, officials said on Wednesday.

Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen is expected to be sentenced as early as Thursday at the court-martial after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to solicit prostitution, adultery and dereliction of duty, the base said in a statement.

Mar 11, 2015

Texas executes gang enforcer Vasquez for murder

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization.

Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Mar 11, 2015

Man who killed ‘American Sniper’ sent to Texas prison psychiatric unit

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The man convicted last month of murdering former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie “American Sniper,” has been transferred to Texas prison psychiatric unit, officials said on Wednesday.

Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty on Feb. 24 of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.

Mar 3, 2015

Texas defense lawyers seek appeal for ‘American Sniper’ conviction

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie “American Sniper,” have filed a notice of appeal with a Texas court, court officials said on Tuesday.

Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty on Feb. 24 of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.

Mar 3, 2015

Three accidental shootings of Texas children prompt gun safety calls

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The shooting deaths of three youngsters after unattended guns ended up in the hands of children in the Houston area in the past five days have prompted calls by some in Texas to re-examine gun safety in homes.

But few political analysts believe any laws will be changed because of the shootings, with the Republican-dominated Legislature looking instead at measures to make it easier to carry more guns in more places.

Feb 27, 2015

Political consultant sentenced to over seven years for stealing funds

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Political consultant Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield was sentenced to 87 months in a federal prison for siphoning off more than $2.5 million in campaign funds from a Texas candidate running for a U.S. Senate seat, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Barfield was also ordered to pay about $2.5 million in restitution and $430,000 for back taxes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Feb 26, 2015

Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant linked to incident at Walmart parking lot

DALLAS (Reuters) – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryant’s girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents.

The 2011 report released this week by police in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster said the officer who investigated the early-morning incident determined that no crime had been committed and let those at the scene go free without anyone being charged, including Bryant.

Feb 25, 2015

Killer of ‘American Sniper’ Kyle jailed for life

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – Eddie Ray Routh was jailed for life without the possibility of parole on Tuesday after a Texas jury found him guilty of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield, multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.

Feb 25, 2015

Killing of ‘American Sniper’ Kyle no ‘whodunit,’ prosecutor says

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – The man charged with killing former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the subject of the blockbuster movie “American Sniper,” acted coldly and deliberately in carrying out his deadly ambush at a Texas gun range, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Jane Starnes told a jury in the rural Texas city of Stephenville that Eddie Ray Routh, 27, bided his time before fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013.

Feb 24, 2015

‘American Sniper’ murder trial could soon go to Texas jury

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas jury could begin deliberations as early as Tuesday in the trial of a former Marine charged with murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie “American Sniper.”

Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle’s pickup truck.