Murder charge reinstated over 1986 Austin killing

AUSTIN, TX 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.

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