Justia Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Opinion Summaries

Roy v. Texas

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Kelvin Roy was convicted of murder and sentenced to seventy-five years’ imprisonment. The trial judge denied his request for a jury instruction on the lesser-included offense of manslaughter. Because there was “more than a scintilla” of evidence that would allow a jury to rationally find that if Roy was guilty, he was guilty of only manslaughter, the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the court of appeals’ judgment affirming the trial judge’s ruling and remanded for a harm analysis. View "Roy v. Texas" on Justia Law