, 2022-06-22 15:52:00,
The man who pleaded guilty in August 2021 to murdering a Fort Worth teenager in 1974 has filed an appeal for a re-trial.
Glen McCurley, 78, waived his right to a jury trial on the third day of court proceedings last summer and changed his plea to guilty of capital murder. Judge Elizabeth Beach accepted the plea and sentenced him to life in prison.
McCurley confessed to the kidnapping and killing of Carla Walker, a 17-year-old Fort Worth girl whose murder haunted her family and friends for decades. Her family waited more than four decades for answers in her disappearance until DNA technology and a dogged police investigation led to McCurley’s conviction.
Through his attorneys, McCurley appealed the sentencing in December. In McCurley’s appeal, his lawyers say the DNA evidence against him should not have been admitted in the trial, police acquired DNA from McCurley’s trash without a warrant and Fort Worth detectives induced a confession from McCurley.
The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office replied to the appeal in April In the response, prosecutors dismiss the arguments made in the appeal, saying that the conviction should stand.
On May 24, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Fredericka Sargent and McCurley’s defense attorney Steven Miears argued McCurley’s appeal before the Second Court of Appeals, which has not yet ruled on the case.
Carla was last seen on Feb. 16, 1974, when she and her boyfriend, Rodney McCoy, attended the Western Hills High School Valentine’s Day Dance. The two parked in a bowling alley parking lot after the dance.
In his confession, McCurley told detectives he was drinking whiskey and beers that Saturday night and driving around the town. He said he saw Carla and McCoy in the car and attacked…
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