Case Update: Charles Dean Hood
Ending a legal journey that included the revelation that the judge and prosecutor in his case had been sleeping together, Charles Dean Hood ended Collin County’s 24-year effort to kill him when he accepted a life-saving plea on January 31, 2013.
Sent to death row in 1990, Mr. Hood was set for execution twice and, both times, TDS litigation caused proceedings to be stayed. The second time, litigation enabled TDS attorneys to confirm what had long been rumored: that the judge who presided over Mr. Hood’s trial had had a sexual affair with the elected District Attorney – and neither she nor the DA ever disclosed this fact to Mr. Hood’s trial counsel. Although the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ultimately refused to grant Mr. Hood a new trial based on the affair, the Court later granted a punishment-only retrial because the jury instructions used at punishment in 1990 were later determined to be unconstitutional.
When Mr. Hood’s case was returned to Collin County in 2010 for the punishment-only retrial, defense lawyers Steve Miears, Keith Gore, Bill Peterson, mitigation specialist Cyndy Short and fact investigator Randi Ray took over the case. We continued to offer consulting and assistance to them – and did so, in fact, only hours before the plea occurred. We congratulate Charles and his trial team for successfully resolving his case.