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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Judge nixes charge for local Mexican Mafia leader

Less than two weeks after the Hays County District Attorney agreed to drop a murder charge against accused local Mexican Mafia leader Nemesio Garcia Jr., a judge last week dismissed an organized crime charge against the San Marcos man.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Roppolo named to Disabilities Rights Texas board

San Marcos resident John Roppolo, who became an advocate for special needs children after his son was diagnosed with autism, has been named to the board of directors of the advocacy agency Disability Rights Texas.

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Updated: San Marcos gets 16 years for shotgun slaying

A Hays County jury on Thursday sentenced a San Marcos teenager to 16 years in prison for killing his sister's ex-boyfriend with a 12-gauge shotgun in a front yard near the Holland Hills neighborhood.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Hays DA says ‘sweepstakes parlors’ are illegal

District Attorney Sherri Tibbe's interpretation of the law contradicts that of the Kyle police chief who allowed such a gaming room to open in downtown Kyle earlier this year.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Accused ex-cop’s lawyer: Evidence ‘will tell a different story’ [PRO]

Lawyers representing a San Marcos cop couple facing criminal charges born during an alleged fit of 'road rage' are saying little publicly so far about accusations against their clients.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

After surreal trial, Simmons handed life sentence for murder

Mark David Simmons, who prosecutors called "one of the most dangerous people to step foot in this courthouse" was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, two years after shooting a Buda man to death and burning...

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Live Feed (Update 5): Mark David Simmons murder trial

Austin American-Statesman reporter CIARA O'ROURKE has been following the Hays County murder trial of Mark David Simmons, now in its second week. Prosecutors say Simmons is a white supremacist and militant extremist who killed his friend, Buda...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Murder trial turns spectacle as suspect prepares to testify

The prosecution rested Wednesday in the eighth day of a Buda murder trial, in what has become a lengthy spectacle in courtroom antics.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Mexican Mafia murder suspect remains in jail after judge nixes bond reduction

One of the four murder suspects in the killing of a Lockhart man, all of whom authorities say are linked to the Mexican Mafia, was denied a bond reduction during a hearing on Thursday.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Foster dad gets 10 years in prison for sexual assault of child

A Hays County jury sentenced a 51-year-old Dripping Springs man to 10 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl who had once been his foster child, officials announced Friday.

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