Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling in summary e-mail form
Austin – Cody Ledbetter watched in horror as his father bled to death from a quarter-inch gunshot wound to his head on May 17, 2015.
With one arm in a sling, Ledbetter had no part in the so-called melee that preceded his arrest. He merely avoided being shot and obeyed police instructions, only to be charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
He was once given a trial date by 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph T. Strother, who then withdrew his order without notifying his counsel, Paul Looney.
Looney appealed to the 10th District Court of Appeals at Waco and received a favorable ruling before the Court of Criminal Appeals struck down that order.
The motion for mandamus relief seeking a trial setting by the Judge failed last week. Looney is considering an appeal of that decision through the federal court system.
Ledbetter is stuck waiting for his trial date. His attorney has publicly stated numerous times that he needs no further discovery or analyses of video evidence because there is no evidence that he did anything other than to try to survive the onslaught of bullets that rained down on the patio of the restaurant.