Murder charge reinstated over 1986 Austin killing

August 20, 2010 4:51:24 AM PDT
A murder charge thrown out in 2006 has been reinstated in the case of a 1986 shooting death in Austin. The 3rd Court of Appeals has ordered 59-year-old Jimmie Dale White to stand trial. An attorney for White, who is accused of killing his roommate, could not immediately be reached for comment. The body of 23-year-old Michael DesJardins was discovered in a parking lot.

White was arrested in 2003.

An outgoing state district judge, on Dec. 31, 2006, dismissed the case. Judge Jon Wisser said he did not think White could get a fair trial after so many years and the death of many potential defense witnesses.

The Austin appeals court Thursday said dismissal was improper because the 17-year delay between the crime and White's arrest was not intentional.