Charles Dean Hood, who faces death by lethal injection June 17, alleges in court documents that Verla Sue Holland, who was presiding judge of the 296th District Court in 1990, was involved in a long-term intimate relationship with then-Collin County District Attorney Tom O'Connell, who actively participated in Hood's capital murder trial. As alleged in Hood's writ petition, neither Holland nor O'Connell was married at the time of Hood's trial, but neither chose to make their relationship public.
Condemned Man Claims Trial Judge, DA Were Intimately Involved
June 13, 2008
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