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The hearing for #KerryMaxCook exoneration begins in about 8 min. Read the latest since the last hearing. m.kltv.com/kltv/db_345020… #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:25 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook is expected to be here with a new criminal defense attorney after firing his @innocence Project attorneys on June 9. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:27 JuliaJenae7
Cook just entered the courtroom. His former @innocence project attorney Gary Udashen is here as well. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:27 JuliaJenae7
The judge is on the bench, court is now in session. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook pic.twitter.com/BflLbBchfu
Friday July 1, 2016 9:30 JuliaJenae7
...on June 6 the state and #KerryMaxCook 's former attorneys agreed to set aside Cook's murder conviction from 1978... #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:40 JuliaJenae7
Judge: actual innocence isa finding of enough new evidence indicating person is innocent that overcomes the decision long ago. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:43 JuliaJenae7
Judge: the parties won't have live witnesses. Instead, they will give closing arguments today as if case had been tried for wks. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:45 JuliaJenae7
@JuliaJenae7 the parties agreed to this previously and informed the judge. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:46 JuliaJenae7
.#KerryMaxCook 's new attorney Mark Bennett is giving the first closing argument. He says he'll need forty minutes. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:48 JuliaJenae7
. #KerryMaxCook attorney: This case is about love and betrayal. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:49 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney begins by describing James Mayfield's affair w/ the victim before her death. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:52 JuliaJenae7
James Mayfield is the person #KerryMaxCook believes is the true killer of Linda Jo Edwards in 1977. Mayfield was never charged. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:53 JuliaJenae7
Mayfield testified over the decades he had not had sex w/ the victim for 3 wks, & that the relationship was over. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 9:58 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney: Mayfield admitted in 2016 that he actually had sex with the victim on the day she was murdered. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:00 JuliaJenae7
New DNA evidence in 1997 and later showed James Mayfield's DNA was on her underwear at the crime scene. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:02 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney: We can understand why he lied for 40 yrs. He was trying to save his marriage. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:04 JuliaJenae7
Judge asks: Mayfield was given full immunity [in 2016] in exchange for his testimony. Why would he not admit to killing her? #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:06 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney responds: Mayfield's marriage has survived 40 yrs. He can admit to the sex because it doesn't matter now... #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:07 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney: ...Mayfield can't admit to himself or his family that he is a murderer. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:09 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney says the heart of the newly discovered evidence is that Mayfield lied for 40yrs, and why did he lie? #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:10 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney ends his presentation. The State attorney is now making arguments. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:11 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: Mayfield's false testimony doesn't undermine #KerryMaxCook 's guilt. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:14 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: In retrials of the 1990s, Mayfield admitted to seeing victim, kissing and holding her on the day she was murdered. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:16 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: the only thing new that the State didn't know about was that Mayfield had sex with her that day. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:18 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: The only bit of new evidence is Mayfield's testimony obtained after DA Bingham arranged a meeting & gave him immunity. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:20 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor is explaining how Mayfield's DNA could have been on victim's underwear the day before her murder. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:26 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: we have experts who say DNA could still be there even after the laundering process. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:27 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor also points out that the underwear had to put back on after sex to transfer the sexual partners DNA... #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:29 JuliaJenae7
...The victims underwear was cut away from her body by the murderer. #7onscene #KerryMaxCook
Friday July 1, 2016 10:30 JuliaJenae7
Judge asks prosecutor: no DNA of #KerryMaxCook was ever found on any of the evidence. Can you explain that? #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:31 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor says in 1977, they weren't testing for DNA so they didn't collect evidence in a way to preserve DNA. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:33 JuliaJenae7
Judge asks another question: What is the most damning evidence against #KerryMaxCook ? #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:35 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor begins: By age 21, #KerryMaxCook was already a convicted felon, stay several times at the Rusk mental health hospital. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:39 JuliaJenae7
Judge interrupts to ask what those priors have to do with evidence of guilt. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene pic.twitter.com/s4jdGTsSXO
Friday July 1, 2016 10:42 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor says these details were part of the court record from previous trials and should be considered evidence. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:44 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: #KerryMaxCook saw the victim in his apartment complex and expressed romantic interest in her days before her murder. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:48 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: there was a fingerprint of #KerryMaxCook found on her sliding door,indicating someone going in & out of her apartment. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:49 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor: Experts described this as a lust murder. The victim's body was mutilated by the murderer. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:50 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor argues a connection between the mutilation of the victim's body & the self mutilation #KerryMaxCook did on death row. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:52 JuliaJenae7
Prosecutor in closing: #KerryMaxCook has not found any real new evidence, which is required for a finding of actual innocence. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:52 JuliaJenae7
The prosecutor also argues the theory of 'laches' bars #KerryMaxCook 's claims...another words, too much time has passed. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:54 JuliaJenae7
State rests (that was special prosecutor Keith Dollahite) and #KerryMaxCook 's attorney begins again. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:56 JuliaJenae7
#KerryMaxCook attorney calls the State lacking in humility and gratitude for arguing laches. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 10:59 JuliaJenae7
In a sidebar, #KerryMaxCook asks his attorney to reiterate that James Mayfield didn't just lie, he was the killer. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 11:16 JuliaJenae7
Arguments are now over for both sides. Court is adjourned. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene pic.twitter.com/PhWWB4cM7Z
Friday July 1, 2016 11:19 JuliaJenae7
It is now up to the judge to make a final decision. No indication was given as to how long it might take. #KerryMaxCook #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 11:21 JuliaJenae7
As I talked to @KerryMaxCook, Smith Co criminal defense attorneys began their annual reciting of the Declaration of Independence. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 12:08 JuliaJenae7
Smith Co. Defense attorneys join w/ other counties across TX in reciting Dec. of Independence. @JHuggler #7onscene pic.twitter.com/DaKsbXhxWB
Friday July 1, 2016 12:11 JuliaJenae7
KerryMaxCook's attorney lets him join in w/ the recitation. Mayfield's attorney Buck Files objects that it's for attorneys only. #7onscene
Friday July 1, 2016 12:19 JuliaJenae7
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