Raquel West

UPDATE: After he was found guilty of capital murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court, a jury sentenced Joseph Colone Jr. to death Monday, May 8.

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Joseph Colone

On trial accused of murdering a woman and her teenage daughter because one of his victims had fingered him in a then-pending gameroom robbery case, Joseph Colone sits in Judge Raquel West’s Jefferson County 252nd District Court shackled to the floor under the constant watch of Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. Starting Monday, March 20, Colone was brought to court to begin the long and arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the defendant’s capital murder case.

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Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

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Bob Wortham, J.D. Roberts, Norris Roberts, Terrence Holmes & Get Williams-Wright

While some offices, businesses and schools throughout the community closed their doors in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, many Southeast Texans still started the day early, attending events aimed at honoring the legacy of the late civil rights leader.

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Xavier Ardoin

Standing before Jefferson County 252nd District Court Judge Raquel West on Monday, Nov. 28, 28-year-old Xavier Ardoin admitted guilt in the July 2016 death and dismemberment of a small kitten that had been abandoned at a Beaumont apartment complex where the defendant stayed. The less than 2-month-old cat had been decapitated, its head mounted in the apartment’s courtyard, and the body tossed in a nearby ditch.

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Germaine Joseph Jackson

He could have been given time-served – or he could have gone to prison for life. The jury decided somewhere in the middle.

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Patricia Kloefkorn (MySpace.com)

Courthouse employee Patricia Kloefkorn was released from her position as the court coordinator for Jefferson County Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court once the judge learned of a Facebook post made by the staffer on her day off that was decried as offensive and crude by users of the social media platform.

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Robert Greer

Forest Lawn general manger Danny Lynch told Jefferson County Judge Raquel West that Robert Greer’s destruction of cemetery property “was not a victimless crime.”

According to Lynch, 19 families were affected, and monetary and emotional havoc was wreaked when Greer decided – on two separate occasions in late 2015 – to take human remains and the urns they were housed in.

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Yei Daniels answers questions from the media.

It’s been over six years since Yei Daniels and her family were taken hostage and tortured in their own house by an intruder who stabbed and shot the home’s occupants, leaving her paralyzed, but she said she remembers the event as if it happened only yesterday.

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Royce Davis

Sentenced to 50 years in prison for the death of a lonely widow, the prosecutor says murderer Royce Earl Davis, Jr. took financial advantage of his victim before taking her life.

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