- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has upheld the decision to throw out the murder conviction and 70-year prison sentence for the daughter of a San Antonio police sergeant.

The San Antonio Express-News (https://bit.ly/1sfmgVM ) reports the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said Wednesday it was affirming the opinion of the 4th Court of Appeals granting Vanessa Cameron a new trial.

Cameron remains free on bail awaiting the new trial.

A jury convicted Cameron in 2012 for orchestrating the kidnapping and murder in 2010 of 26-year-old Samuel Allen Johnson Jr., her child’s father.

The Court of Appeals granted Cameron a new trial a year ago, noting in an opinion that her “constitutional right to a public jury trial was violated” when her supporters were unable to observe jury selection.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, https://www.mysanantonio.com

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