Mistrial Declared in Capital Murder Trial

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Day one of Capital Murder Trial ends in Mistrial

A mistrial was declared by 369th District Judge C Michael Davis in the capital murder trail of Cody Ray Roberts.  Judge Davis declared the mistrial when it was discovered that important evidence was omitted by investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.  

Mr. Roberts is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Trevor Lawson. Mr. Lawson was found deceased by an apparent gunshot wound in a home on CR 2117 in the Maydelle area west of Rusk on November 7, 2018.

The DAs office will have to set a new trial date and summon for a new jury.

UPDATE: Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said in a statement posted to their Facebook page:

On Monday March 14, 2022, the trial for the 2018 murder of Trevor Lawson began in the 369th District Court. A jury was picked and on Tuesday March 15, 2022 the state began witness testimony. During the trial, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office determined that a piece of digital evidence was not released to the District Attorney’s Office or the Defense. At that time, this issue was brought before Judge Michael Davis and the defense. Judge Davis declared a mistrial, and the trial will be rescheduled for a later date. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office takes full responsibility for this issue and believes that there was no ill will by the investigator who failed to disclose this piece of digital evidence. The Sheriff’s Office supports Judge Davis’s ruling, as we will always support a fair and honest judicial system. The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of implementing policy and procedures to assure this type of accident is prevented in the future. The suspect will remain in custody at the Cherokee County jail. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Sheriff Brent Dickson

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