Mistrial Declared In Texas Murder Case Because Of TV Show

CUERO (September 10, 2013)—A judge in Cuero cited a TV crime show as he declared a mistrial for a man charged with killing his girlfriend in a 2001.

The judge declared the mistrial because of pretrial publicity in the murder trial of Ronnie Hendrick of Yorktown, who’s charged in the January 2001 shooting death of Pamela Shelly.

The death was originally ruled a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2008 and a grand jury indicted Hendrick in October 2012.

The TNT program "Cold Justice" featured the case in a sohw that aired Sept. 3.

Judge Skipper Koetter noted the show aired six days before the trial opened.

DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard said too many potential jurors saw the program and formed opinions.