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A MIDNIGHT MURDER IN HARRIS COUNTY!

AN ARGUMENT TURNS DEADLY!

On May 14th, 2009 at 12:05 a.m. Harris County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Units responded to an “In Progress’ call at 2802 Heather Knoll. The caller advised her boyfriend had got into an argument with their neighbor. The caller advised the neighbor stabbed her boyfriend.

 

When deputies arrived, they discovered the victim Bryant Doran dead in the front yard of 2802 Heather Knoll.  The suspect, Joshua Trull was located by Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies in the area of the murder.

 

 Sheriff’s Office Homicide Investigators were called to the scene and conducted the investigation.  The investigation revealed Trull and Doran got into an argument because Trull was smoking crack cocaine.  Doran took Trull’s crack pipe and broke it to prevent Trull from smoking the cocaine.  Trull returned to his home which is next to Doran’s residence and retrieved two knives, a small steak knife and a large butcher knife.  Trull returned to Doran’s residence  stabbing Doran one time, killing him. 

 

Both knives were found by Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies.

 

Joshua Trull was charged with Murder.

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JOIN FOX 26 NEWS IN KATY TONIGHT!

BE THERE AS FOX 26 LISTENS!

We all know that Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States. According to estimates by the U.S. Census, the greater Houston area is home to almost 6 million people. But Houston is so much more than just numbers and the communities that lay outside and among the sprawling city limits have a significant impact on this city and its growth.

FOX 26 is beginning a new initiative called FOX 26 LISTENS. It’s all about our communities, our neighbors who are separated by city limits signs and yet a part of Houston all the same.

We’ll be coming to your towns to learn about the issues that are important in your area, the concerns of the community and what can be done to help. We’ll also be showcasing the people and the locations that make your town special and a great place to live.

We’re starting with Katy, over the next week you’ll see stories highlighting different features of the Katy area and on May 14th FOX 26 LISTENS will host a town hall meeting for Katy area residents to talk with their community leaders about the issues that are important to them.

Some of the distinguished Greater Katy community leaders on that panel include:

- Mayor Don Elder, City of Katy  – Alton Frailey, KISD Superintendent  – Chief Bill Hastings, Katy Police  – Frank Lombard, Katy Economic Development Council  – Johnny Nelson, Katy City Administrator  – Pastor Watkins, PowerHouse Christian Center  – Ann Hodge, Katy Chamber of Commerce  – Jennifer Archer, Parks and Recreation Director

Katy resident and FOX 26 News anchor Tom Zizka will be there and we invite other Katy residents to join us at the Powerhouse Christian Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to share your views about your town.

You can also watch the meeting live and chat at www.MyFoxHoustonLIVE.com .

The Powerhouse Christian Center is located at 1818 Katyland Drive.

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A GIFT TO REPORTERS OUT THERE: THANKS GOVERNOR PERRY!

SOME SIGNIFICANT PROTECTION FOR JOURNALISTS!

Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that he signed legislation protecting journalists from having to reveal certain confidential sources in court.

The shield law, known as the Free Flow of Information Act, grants a qualified privilege to journalists so they can protect their sources and in many cases not have to testify or produce notes and tapes in court gathered while acting as a journalist. News industry and open government advocates fought for the law for several legislative sessions.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia had some form of shield law. Texas becomes the 37th state.

Supporters of the measure say it will encourage whistleblowers to come forward and reveal government corruption, public safety hazards and corporate malfeasance because they will know their identity can be protected.

“It’s an important day for Texas,” said Fred Hartman, chairman of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association/Texas Press Association legislative advisory committee. “It’s a law that will benefit all Texans, all of our citizens.”

The law takes effect immediately.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill, sending it on to Perry for his decision.

“This was a complex issue that required thoughtful consideration, and I am pleased that lawmakers were able to strike a balance between protecting the rights of the people and the press,” Perry said in his announcement. The Republican governor praised Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston and Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, sponsors of the bill.

Ellis called it a historic day. Texas “finally stood behind the principle that the press plays a vitally important role in our democracy and must be protected from government intimidation,” he said.

For a long time, prosecutors opposed the law, saying it would prevent them from gathering evidence in criminal cases. But in a marathon meeting earlier this spring they reached a compromise with news industry and open government advocates.

Under the new law, there are exceptions to the journalist privilege.

For instance, news reporters must identify a confidential source in a criminal case if the journalist observed the person committing a felony, if the source confessed to committing a felony or if there is probable cause to believe the source committed a felony and the prosecutor has exhausted all efforts to obtain the identity.

Working out an agreement with the district attorneys association and passing the bill early in the legislative session were key to achieving the new law, said Laura Prather, president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. She said advocates spent past sessions laying groundwork and educating the public, providing momentum going into the 2009 session.

“This will create a system in which people who know about wrongdoing will feel comfortable coming forward and reporting that wrongdoing, and it will benefit all Texans,” said Prather, an Austin-based media attorney. “It has been a tremendously long process. We’ve learned a lot on the way.”