The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered a new trial for a woman convicted of capital murder of a 4-year-old boy, finding that her trial lawyers were ineffective for failing to introduce expert testimony that might have altered the jury’s verdict.
In the case, centered around the child’s death of salt intoxication, the five-lawyer defense team for Hannah Ruth Overton failed to show the jury deposition testimony by a salt intoxication expert, Dr. Michael Moritz, who testified about the likelihood of the child not surviving, even if taken to the hospital sooner.
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