No video in next Corpus Christi 'fight club' trial

August 31, 2010 6:28:19 AM PDT
Cell phone video of residents fighting at a state facility for the mentally disabled in Corpus Christi will not be allowed in the trial of the man who allegedly shot it. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports an appeals court has affirmed a judge's decision to ban the video in the trial of now-former employee Timothy Dixon. Prosecutors planned to meet Tuesday to review the ruling.

Someone gave the cell phone to an off-duty police officer in early 2009. The video was used in the conviction of four other now-former workers.

Dixon is charged with four counts of injury to a disabled person.

Dixon attorney Ira Miller argued the man who found the phone admitted he did not intend to return it. Miller says that amounted to theft and cited law that evidence obtained illegally cannot be used.


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