On Oct. 29, the United States Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch plea to re-hear evidence related to the conviction of Elroy Chester, who was sentenced to die for the 1998 murder of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III. Chester was alleged to have killed the firefighter when Ryman came to the rescue of his two nieces while Chester was raping the teen girls in their home.
More than two years have passed since 28-year-old Marine veteran James Whitehead was fatally shot outside an Orange auto parts store by off-duty police Captain Robert Arnold, but the legal battles surrounding the homicide are far from over.
Speculation and suspicion have been swirling around Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Johnny Brown’s abrupt leave of absence. According to district assistant superintendent Mark Porterie, Brown has been out of the office since last week, and a return date has not been set.
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