The Lead: Anderson Inquiry Ends, Texas SEAL Chris Kyle Eulogized
Good morning. The National Weather Service says Austin can expect continued chances for rain and highs in the 60s today.
Lead Story: Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson has denied any misconduct in the case of Michael Morton, the man who was wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder and spent 25 years in prison.
Anderson, now a judge in Georgetown, is facing allegations that as a prosecutor he hid evidence that would have proved Morton’s innocence.
The Texas Tribune’s Brandi Grissom live-blogged the court of inquiry proceedings brought against Anderson.
“The judge spent about six hours on the stand very adamantly and often times angrily defending himself against the charges that he committed any sort of misconduct or any wrongdoing whatsoever,” Grissom says.
The inquiry is aimed at deciding whether Anderson should face criminal charges for his role in Morton’s conviction. A Fort Worth district judge will eventually rule on the case.
Sniper Being Laid to Rest: Former Navy SEAL and best-selling “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle will be buried in the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin tomorrow. But today, thousands are expected at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium to honor him.
Iraq war veteran Kyle was killed at a Fort Worth gun range, reportedly by a fellow veteran afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder.
KERA News reports that doors open at Texas Stadium today at 11:30 a.m., “and security will be tight.”
Police Chief Art Acevedo says Kyle’s motorcade will reach Austin around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
What To Do With Eastside High?:The Austin school district held a meeting on the future of Eastside Memorial High School this weekend. The campus has struggled to meet state academic benchmark almost since standardized testing was introduced in Texas.
It was the first community meeting since the AISD board voted in December to end its partnership with IDEA Public Schools, a charter school operator in South Texas.
The Austin American-Statesman says the school board is expected to take action at its Feb. 28 meeting, according to board trustee Jayme Mathias.