- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to reconsider its ruling backing lower courts that found speedy trial rights have not been violated for a man in prison for more than three decades since his murder conviction was overturned.

Attorneys for 58-year-old inmate Jerry Hartfield had asked the state’s highest criminal court to rehear arguments the court rejected a month ago. Similar arguments failed earlier before a lower court of appeals and Hartfield’s trial court in Matagorda County.

Hartfield is now awaiting retrial in Bay City for the 1976 slaying of Eunice Lowe at the Bay City bus station where she worked.

Hartfield’s capital murder conviction was overturned in 1980 but no action on a retrial ever was taken until he challenged his imprisonment 26 years later.

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