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Latest Palestine Trials News
Mother of shooting victim forgives killer, son-in-law
Tell, Texas
It was a full courtroom Tuesday when Adrian Mata, 30, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in February in their Tyler home. Mata shot and killed his 30-year-old wife, Jennifer, then fled to a friend's house on Lake Palestine.
November 15 2014
UPDATE: Man injured at gas well has suffered chemical burns
(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A man injured in an accident at a liquid gas well in Houston County, south of Palestine, is being transported by East Texas Medical Center's Air One helicopter for treatment at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, which specializes in treatment of burns.
October 28 2014
New East Texas Emergency Care Heliport Will Serve Anderson County, Surrounding Communities
BRADFORD, Texas, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Emergency responders in Anderson County and the surrounding region soon will have access to new heliports that will support medical transport of critical-care patients to hospitals in Dallas and Tyler. The facilities, located between Palestine and Athens off State Highway 19, are the result of a public-private partnership between the Bradford ...
July 18 2014
Rusk student dies after fall from 4-wheeler
A 15-year-old Rusk High School student died Saturday night from injuries suffered in a fall from a 4-wheeler in Anderson County. Keith Conway Padgett, 15, of Rusk, died at a Tyler hospital Saturday night after being life-flighted from Palestine Regional Medical Center.
June 11 2014
Runaway trailer causes fatal accident in Leon County
A 59-year-old Palestine woman was killed in Leon County Tuesday night when her vehicle was hit head on by a runaway trailer.
May 10 2014
Athens store owner dies
A businessman whose furniture store has been a landmark on the Athens square for decades died on Wednesday at a Tyler hospital. Roy Harris had turned 83-years-old last week and spent most of those years as an Athens resident. In 1967 he opened his store.  Harris Furniture and Floors, has occupied the spot at 114 N. Palestine Street ever since, with his daughter Tina Harris Rose moving into the ...
April 15 2014
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of 2-year-old stepson
A grand jury deliberated for 9 hours Monday before finding Billy Wayne Hasel, of Palestine, guilty of capital murder.
April 01 2014
UPDATE: Smith Co. deputy injured in accident to be released from hospital
A Smith County Deputy was taken to a local hospital after being involved in a multi-vehicle accident Wednesday morning near Lake Palestine. Promote to Mobile Breaking News read more
March 27 2014
5 Ohioans killed in separate Christmas Eve crashes
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio- Water service has returned to normal for homes and businesses in East Palestine, according to village officials. More >>
January 19 2014
Wreck sends one to hospital
A Palestine man was hospitalized on Tuesday after the car he was driving collided with a delivery truck on State Highway 19 south of Athens. The extent of the man’s injuries was not available at press time.
December 22 2013
Man charged with brutal murder of Houston woman still at-large, last seen in East Texas
Morgan, texas
The suspect in a brutal murder in Harris County was last seen in Palestine as recently as Thursday or Friday of last week and detectives believe he is still in East Texas.
November 20 2013
Anderson County man sentenced to 375 years in prison for sexual assault of child
Willis Demond Carwell, 32, of Palestine was sentenced to a total of 375 years in prison on five counts of sexual assault of a child on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse.
November 05 2013
E TX man sentenced to 375 years for sexual assault of a child
San Diego, texas
Willis Demond Carwell, 32 of Palestine was sentenced to a total of 375 years in prison on five counts of sexual assault of a child on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse.
November 01 2013
Downtown Palestine fire kills two, injures two firefighters, and remains under investigation
PALESTINE — Two people were killed and a couple of firefighters injured early Saturday during a dramatic structure fire that destroyed one of Palestine's historic downtown buildings.
October 31 2013
SPORTS BRIEFS: Athens subvarsity football teams take care of Palestine
Mineola, texas
The Athens subvarsity football teams defeated Palestine in junior varsity action and tied them in freshman action last week.
October 05 2013
County budget workshops on Tuesday
Palestine, texas
The Henderson County Commissioners Court begins a series of budget workshops on Tuesday, following the regular Court meeting.  Commissioners will be looking at the proposed budget filed on Thursday by County Judge Richard Sanders, but they won’t have to do any cutting to make expenditures match revenues.
August 14 2013
Authorities recover bodies of Shelby Co. child and rescuer who drowned in pond
Palestine, texas
Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office are investigating a drowning that killed two people Sunday afternoon in Shelby County. 
August 14 2013
Unsolved murder of North Texas woman may have Palestine connection
The North Richland Hills Police Department is seeking information regarding the December 2007 murder of a woman in her home. Police believe there may be an East Texas connection.
August 13 2013
Man killed in ETX plane crash identified
Palestine, texas
One person is dead after a plane crashed in a neighborhood near Lake Palestine on Wednesday afternoon.
October 04 2012
Pilot Killed When Plane Crashed In Texas Subdivision Identified
Palestine, texas
A pilot who died when his plane crashed in a Texas subdivision was identified Thursday.
October 04 2012
Jewelry robber receives 30-year sentence
Palestine, texas
The man who robbed Harold Durham Jewelry one time too many, and wound up getting shot at because of it, will now have the next 30 years to rethink decisions he made last year. As a result of a plea bargain reached Monday in Henderson County Third District  Judge Mark Calhoon's Court on Tuesday in which the defendant pled guilty to the theft charges,  43-year-old Jason Carter of Cooper will  go ...
October 04 2012
Palestine Woman’s Last Chance After Tragic Accident
An accident left a former prom queen from Palestine High School with permanent brain damage. She was awarded $8 million, but an appeals court overturned a key part of the verdict.
September 16 2012
Two arrested for murder in Palestine
Two men arrested on murder charges in Palestine after police are called to a fight and find a man with a stab wound to the chest.
September 10 2012
Palestine officer injured in tussle with suspect Tuesday
Crockett, texas
Officer Lewis was taken to the Palestine Regional Medical Center for treatment to his eye. Lewis was later transported to Trinity Mother Francis Medical Center in Tyler for further treatment and released from the hospital later that day. 
August 25 2012
Marshall guilty of murder
Twenty-year-old James Garfield Marshall is guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Desiree Brown of Palestine, and on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
August 25 2012
Jury hears mother of slain daughter
After seven full days of testimony, resulting in a mountain of evidence, the state brought the murder trial of James Garfield Marshall from the jury's head to its collective heart late Thursday afternoon. District Attorney Scott McKee called Tina Brown, the mother of slain 18-year-old Desiree Brown of Palestine, to the witness stand.
August 24 2012
Police discuss evidence from scene of killing
Athens, Texas
Athens Police Detective Cpl. James Bonnette testified Wednesday that the bullet that killed a then-recent Palestine Westwood graduate, Desiree Brown, at a 2011 Fourth of July gathering in Athens, may  have also been the bullet that struck a fleeing Cody Fillmore, as he dived for safety on a nearby front porch.
August 23 2012
Neches River access above Lake Palestine to be improved
ATHENS—It’s easy to tell when the white bass are making their annual spring run up the Neches River above Lake Palestine. Cars and trucks line both sides of the highway where Texas 31 crosses the river just east of Chandler, and tackle-laden anglers scramble across the busy 4-lane divided highway. “It’s a dangerous situation. Someone could get killed out there,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife ...
August 18 2012
Second day of testimony
Call, Texas
District Attorney Scott McKee continued to fill the witness chair with the testimony of young adults from both Athens and Palestine Thursday,  hoping to make the prosecution's murder case against James Garfield Marshall Thursday in Henderson County's 3rd District Court.
August 18 2012
Testimony continues on third day
Call, Texas
The prosecution continued to plow through a long list of witnesses on the third day of testimony in the murder trial of 20-year-old James Garfield Marshall of Athens Friday. He is accused of murdering Palestine teenager Desiree Brown, who was hit by a bullet from an AK-47 at a Fourth of July gathering in 2011 on Jonathan Street.
August 18 2012
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