Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape
DALLAS (AP) - A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Texas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing.
Judge Gracie Lewis said Friday that the conviction of 57-year-old Michael Phillips should be vacated. The matter now goes to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Dallas County district attorney Craig Watkins sought the exoneration after DNA testing identified another man as the culprit in the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a motel where both men lived.
Phillips served 12 years in prison after entering a plea deal that he said his attorney advised him to take after the victim identified him.
Phillips said during the hearing that he was appreciative.
FBI arrests longtime Dallas County commissioner
DALLAS (AP) - The FBI has arrested a longtime Dallas County commissioner whose home was raided by federal agents in a 2011 money laundering investigation
Attorney Billy Ravkind confirmed the arrest Friday of John Wiley Price, who has held office since 1985. Ravkind had no immediate information on charges against his client.
The FBI and federal prosecutors did not immediately comment. Messages left at Price's office Friday morning were not returned.
Price has denied any wrongdoing following the June 2011 FBI raid on his home.
In 2012, federal authorities asked a judge to allow them to keep about $230,000 in cash seized from a safe in Price's home. In an affidavit, the FBI accused Price of money laundering dating to a personal bankruptcy filing in 1996. No criminal charges were filed.
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Lifetime drops reality TV show on Texas mortuary
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Lifetime TV network says it dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were charged with corpse abuse.
Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called "Good Grief" about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air July 23.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner says the show "has not and will not air on Lifetime." The Associated Press left messages for Eisner seeking further comment Friday.
Business co-owners, Dondre Johnson and his wife and Rachel Hardy-Johnson, were charged last week after the building owner evicted the couple for non-payment of rent and discovered the decomposing bodies inside.
Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80
HOUSTON (AP) - Former astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.
He was 80.
Hartsfield's daughter, Judy Gedies, said Friday her father died July 17 of complications following back surgery. Funeral services were set for Saturday in suburban Houston.
Hartsfield, from Birmingham, Alabama, had a physics degree from Auburn University, graduated from Air Force test pilot school and was selected for astronaut training in 1969. He earned an engineering science master's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971.
He served on a 1972 lunar landing support crew, was pilot 10 years later for the shuttle Columbia's last test mission and commander for a Discovery flight in 1984 and Challenger in 1985. Hartsfield later worked in several NASA administrative positions.
Dallas Cowboys player McClain convicted in Ala
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown in Alabama.
A city court judge in Decatur convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts during a non-jury trial Friday.
McClain appealed immediately to state court.
The 25-year-old McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star maintained his innocence. He's been arrested three times in Decatur since 2011.
McClain tried to delay the trial so he could attend the start of NFL training camp this week, but a judge refused.
The Cowboys acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland in 2010 but hasn't played since 2012.
Houston WR Andre Johnson reports to camp
HOUSTON (AP) - Andre Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.
The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was "still the place for me."
On Friday, he wouldn't divulge what exactly was said or done to get him to return to the team. But he says he's excited to be back with his teammates and that it's his plan to finish his career with the Texans.
The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season.
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