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Texas couple sentenced in child death case

PASADENA, Texas (AP) - A Pasadena man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and his wife has received probation for injuring their 10-month-old son who died after being scalded.

A Harris County judge sentenced 24-year-old William Cain and 22-year-old Vickie Cain last week. Both pleaded guilty to charges of child injury by omission in the death of William Jace Cain.

The baby was scalded form the waist down and had suffered cardiac arrest when his parents brought him to the hospital in March 2013. Authorities ruled his death a homicide caused by "complications of thermal injuries."

Vickie Cain received deferred adjudication pending successful completion of probation and 240 hours of community service.


Man sentenced for stabbing, hiding body under bed

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for fatally stabbing his girlfriend and then stuffing her body underneath his bed.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that authorities said Robert Lyn Myers stabbed Cecelia Lomas Stegall in January 2013 with a steak knife, wrapped her in a blanket and then stuffed her body under his bed.

His 50-year-old girlfriend's body remained there for three days before Myers moved it to a closet in a nearby vacant apartment. An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip alerted police to Stegall's death.

The 41-year-old Myers had claimed self-defense.

He was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to murder in exchange for the 33-year prison term.


Widow sentenced in death of husband buried in yard

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A 63-year-old North Texas widow has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of her husband, who was found buried in the front yard of their rural home.

Neola Robinson pleaded guilty Monday before the start of jury selection in her murder trial in Fort Worth.

Her husband, 57-year-old Ervin Robinson, had been reported missing in May 2010.

Neola Robinson initially told investigators her husband had run away with another woman.

The case went cold until the Texas Rangers took over in 2013. Robinson eventually led investigators to her husband's body, which was buried in the yard of their mobile home in Pelican Bay, located about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

An autopsy revealed Ervin Robinson had been strangled.


Nearly $3 million in drugs seized in South Texas

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $3 million in illegal narcotics during two seizures at international bridges in South Texas.

The larger of the two seizures in Laredo happened Saturday when authorities discovered 22 packages containing nearly 54 pounds of cocaine hidden in a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The cocaine had an estimated value of $1.7 million.

The other seizure at another bridge in Laredo took place Sunday when officers found 36 packages containing nearly 38 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a Chevy Malibu. The drugs had an estimated value of $1.2 million.


Indicted official denied court-appointed lawyer

DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request for a court-appointed attorney by a longtime Dallas County commissioner who is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes.

John Wiley Price is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies.

Wiley was charged in July in a 13-count indictment, along with his chief of staff and two political consultants.

The well-known local leader in the Dallas area had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver for a court-appointed lawyer.

But Toliver wrote in a court order Monday that "the evidence establishes that (Wiley) has significant financial resources."

All four defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for January 2016.


Texas regents exclude lawmakers from inquiry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas System regents have rejected attempts by two state lawmakers to monitor all interviews during an independent investigation into school admissions.

Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Lyle Larson of San Antonio both voted to censure regent Wallace Hall last month in part for his personal investigation into admission practices at the Austin campus. Hall's efforts ultimately prompted a formal investigation into whether lawmakers used their influence to get unqualified students into school.

Fischer and Larson wrote the regents last week, saying they want to attend the investigation interviews and have already met with potential witnesses.

The regents responded on Monday that including the lawmakers would "compromise the independence and integrity" of the investigation.

In a unanimous vote, the regents called it an "unwarranted, inappropriate" intrusion.


Supreme Court Justice Thomas appears in East Texas

TYLER, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court justice best known for his silence on the bench will speak to an audience in East Texas.

Justice Clarence Thomas is scheduled to appear Tuesday night at the University of Texas at Tyler.

The 66-year-old Thomas has served on the bench since 1991. It's been more than eight years since he asked a question in the courtroom during arguments in the case - a silence that stands out since the eight other justices actively question lawyers about their cases.

Thomas is one of the court's conservatives and has been part of narrow majorities on several key issues in recent years.

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