• September 22, 2020

Odessa American: Courts

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DA wants excessive force review

The Ector County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release on Tuesday morning stating that the use of force by officers involved in a case where a prisoner died at the Ector County Detention Center was excessive and should be reviewed and addressed by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Man indicted on two counts of sexual assault of child

An Ector County Grand Jury indicted a 36-year-old man who reportedly sexually assaulted a teenage boy after they met on Grindr.

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Accused gunman sent to mental facility

The man dubbed the Odessa “serial” shooter received an order of commitment to a maximum security mental health facility or psychiatric facility.

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6 sentenced for smuggling Big Bend cacti

A sixth man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to unlawfully trafficking internationally protected cacti to sell to buyers in Europe and Asia, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release detailed.

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Former Monahans police officer sentenced 87 months in prison

A former Monahans police officer was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and fines totaling $40,000 on a child pornography charge, a Department of Justice press release detailed.

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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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