HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has thrown
out the conviction of a man sent to death row for the the
abduction, robbery and fatal shooting of a Dallas man more than 11
The state's highest criminal court said Wednesday it agreed with
a Dallas judge who found prosecutors at the 2000 trial of
32-year-old Roderick Newton improperly withheld evidence that could
Newton was condemned for the 1999 death of 20-year-old Jesus
Montoya, of Dallas. His body was found in a vacant lot in Mesquite.
Newton was scheduled to die last year. His punishment was
stopped after prosecutors gave Newton's lawyers a police
questionnaire uncovered in a review of the case. That evidence
never had been given to Newton's trial attorneys.
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