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Judge denies motions in Victoria capital murder case

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 11, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.


The capital murder charges against a Victoria man stand, according to a judge's recent order.

The case of Tyrel Richards, who is accused of stabbing 17-year-old Cynthia Shands, is scheduled to begin March 17.

Richards' attorneys, Elliott Costas and James "Jim" Beeler, filed motions that claimed the case should not be capital - or one in which the state seeks the death penalty - because he did not sexually assault Shands.

Judge Stephen Williams also wrote in his Feb. 5 order that he is allowing the state to admit into evidence a recording of an interview Richards had with police.

The interview happened hours after he was arrested March 3, 2012. In it, Richards, 22, admits to killing Shands. His attorneys argued that because he was under the influence of synthetic drugs, he was not able to waive his right to remain silent, according to earlier reports.

Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler is prosecuting the case.

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