Jury Instructions Disputed in Texas Inmate's Trial 12/11/12
December 11, 2012
WACO - An appeals court has been asked to clarify jury
instructions over a Texas inmate's alleged role in the 2007 death of a guard
during an escape attempt.
The Eagle newspaper reported Tuesday that the Bryan
capital murder trial of John Falk Jr. remains on hold pending a ruling.
Prosecutors seeking the death penalty told the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco
on Monday that the jury instructions are too limiting.
The defense says the wording follows what's in the indictment.
Officer Susan Canfield died after being thrown from a horse that was hit by
a truck at the Wynne Unit. The driver, inmate Jerry Martin, received a death
sentence for the slaying.
Martin was serving 50 years for attempted capital murder. Falk was serving a
life term for murder.