State seeks to reinstate Yowell death penalty - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

State seeks to reinstate Yowell death penalty

By James Clark email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In August KCBD NewsChannel 11 reported that a Lubbock death penalty case was overturned.  Now state officials have filed an appeal in the Michael Yowell case in an attempt to reinstate the death penalty for Yowell.

Yowell was convicted of capital murder for killing both his parents in May of 1998. Their badly burned bodies were found after an explosion and fire.  But a federal judge ruled that Yowell's defense team failed to properly defend his rights in the capital murder trial. 

Back in August the federal judge gave prosecutors six months to either redo the punishment phase of the trial or replace the death penalty with life in prison.  However, now that the case is under appeal, that six month deadline has been set aside. 

The appeal was actually filed on September 23rd but notice of the appeal only showed up this past week on the local federal court docket.

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