The Law: Murder in Texas

A lurid, old-fashioned trial

Even by Texas standards, the trial unfolding on the fifth floor of the Potter County courthouse in Amarillo was getting steamier by the minute. The state's prime witness was a platinum blonde who was known to wear a .32 strapped to her boot and a necklace that spells out RICH BITCH in diamonds; the defendant was her husband, one of the Lone Star State's richest men. The charge: murder.

Following fast on the heels of another lurid Texas trial—a Houston civil-court jury last month cleared Oilman Ash Robinson of charges that...

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