Thomas Lloyd Taunton, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee

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Court of Appeals of Texas, Texarkana.

Thomas Lloyd Taunton, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee

No. 06–14–00160–CR

Decided: June 19, 2015

Before Morriss, C.J., Moseley and Burgess, JJ.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Thomas Lloyd Taunton was convicted by a jury of the capital murder of his stepfather, Harold Harpst, see Tex. Penal Code Ann.. § 19.03(a)(7)(A) (West Supp.2014), and of the murder of his mother, Willie Sue Harpst, see Tex. Penal Code Ann.. § 19.02(b) (West 2011).   Taunton was convicted of both crimes, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole and fined $10,000.00 for the capital murder of Harold, and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Willie Sue. Taunton appeals both convictions.   Taunton has filed a single consolidated brief in both cases raising a single appellate issue.

Taunton appeals from his conviction for the capital murder of Harold under our cause number 06–14–00159–CR.   Here, Taunton appeals from his conviction for the murder of Willie Sue. Specifically, Taunton claims that the affidavits submitted by law enforcement officers in support of their applications for warrants authorizing searches of his truck and trailer and of a rental car he was driving were insufficient under the Fourth Amendment to support issuance of the warrants.   Consequently, he contends the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress the evidence seized as a result of those invalid searches.

We addressed this issue in detail in our opinion of this date in Taunton's appeal in cause number 06–14–00159–CR.   For the reasons stated therein, we likewise conclude that Taunton has not shown error in this case.

We affirm the trial court's judgment.

Memorandum Opinion by Justice Burgess