• April 10, 2020

Odessa American: Courts

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Choir director gets 97 months

A federal judge on Thursday in Midland sentenced former Andrews Middle School Choir Director Gary Lynn Ragland to 97 months in federal prison on a child pornography charge, a news release from U.S. Attorney John F. Bash detailed.

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District attorney prepared to enhance crimes during disaster declaration

For the first time, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland has had to implement a Texas Penal Code that he said his office hasn’t previously used.

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Woman accused in shooting ready for trial

The 35-year-old woman who reportedly admitted to shooting her 48-year-old boyfriend in the face is ready for trial.

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Grand jury indicts 2 in November deaths

A 36-year-old man and a 60-year-old man were indicted by an Ector County grand jury on separate murder charges.

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Lawyer for man charged with murder waives arraignment

The man who claimed self defense after he stabbed another man to death in Odessa had his arraignment waived on Friday.

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Wilson pleads not guilty

The man dubbed the Odessa “serial” shooter pleaded not guilty to all five charges — including murder — during his arraignment on Wednesday morning.

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Grand jury indicts Wilson

A 37-year-old Odessa man was indicted by an Ector County Grand Jury in connection to a string of shootings that left one man dead and another hospitalized and many Odessans afraid of another random gunman.

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Woman sentenced in mother’s death

Traci Alaniz, 61, pleaded guilty to murder, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced by an Ector County Jury to 80 years in prison.

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Barber files for county attorney

Greg Barber, first assistant Ector County Attorney, has announced on Facebook that he’s running for county attorney.

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DA Bland won’t seek re-election

Longtime Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland announced Monday that he will not seek re-election for another four-year term.

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The following is a list of felony indictments by an Ector County grand jury. The list does not include those who have yet to be arrested.

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