Overton Hearing Continues with Testimony from Eastwood

It has been a big day of testimony at the Nueces County Courthouse during day three of the Hannah Overton evidentiary hearing.  Overton is trying to get her 2007 capital murder conviction overturned.

Wednesday morning, former Nueces County prosecutor, Sandra Eastwood took the stand.  Overton's defense attorney, Gerry Goldstein, asked Sandra Eastwood if she was abusing prescription drugs during the 2007 capital murder trial.  Following that question, there was a huge uproar in the courtroom with objections coming from the prosecution table.

Judge Longoria then called for the recess lasted about 20 minutes.  Eastwood was back on the witness stand after the recess and testified that she is a recovering alcoholic, but that it did not affect her job on the Overton case.

The Corpus Christi mother has been in prison since 2007.  That after jurors decided Overton intentionally used a spice-filled drink to kill her 4-year old foster child, Andrew Burd.  Overton is serving a life sentence for that crime.

Monday morning, Judge Jose Longoria held an evidentiary hearing to take a look at Overton's latest claims.  She says she did not have proper legal representation at her trial.

Judge Longoria will also take a look at her complaint that the prosecutor in the case withheld evidence.

The 13th Court of Appeals ruled three years ago that Overton wouldn't be getting a new trial, because her ten grounds for an appeal were found to be baseless.

Some of those claims focused on supposed insufficient evidence, new evidence and misconduct on the part of the prosecutor.

On Tuesday, one of Overton's attorneys laid out their case.  They say five years ago, when Overton was convicted of killing her 4-year old foster son, Andrew Burd, key evidence was withheld from the defense.  Burd died in 2006 of elevated sodium levels.

One of the key witnesses called Tuesday was Chris Pinedo, one Overton's trial lawyers, who says his defense was hampered by the lack of evidence given to him.

The hearing is expected to conclude Wednesday.  Judge Jose Longoria will then write his opinion and send it to the court of appeals.  That court promises to make a decision quickly.

3News reporter Michael Gibson is in the courtroom and will be bringing you more information as it becomes available.


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