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Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston (14th Dist.).


NO. 14-17-00740-CR, NO. 14-17-00741-CR

Decided: September 28, 2017

Panel consists of Justices Christopher, Brown, and Wise.


On September 20, 2017, relator Glen Dale Carter filed a petition for writ of mandamus in this court. See Tex. Gov't Code Ann. § 22.221 (West 2004); see also Tex. R. App. P. 52. In the petition, relator asks this court to compel the Honorable Hazel B. Jones, presiding judge of the 174th District Court of Harris County, to rule on his motion for DNA testing.

To be entitled to mandamus relief, a relator must show that he has no adequate remedy at law for obtaining the relief he seeks; and (2) what he seeks to compel involves a ministerial act rather than a discretionary act. In re Powell, 516 S.W.3d 488, 494–95 (Tex. Crim. App. 2017) (orig. proceeding). A trial court has a ministerial duty to consider and rule on motions properly filed and pending before it, and mandamus may issue to compel the trial court to act. In re Henry, 14-17-00250-CR, — S.W.3d —, —, 2017 WL 1450573, at *1 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Apr. 21, 2017, orig. proceeding).

A relator must establish that the trial court (1) had a legal duty to rule on the motion; (2) was asked to rule on the motion; and (3) failed or refused to rule on the motion within a reasonable time. Id. It is relator's burden to provide a sufficient record to establish that he is entitled to relief. See Walker v. Packer, 827 S.W.2d 833, 839 (Tex. 1992) (orig. proceeding). Relator has failed to do so. Relator has not provided this court with a file-stamped copy of his motion requesting such relief from the trial court. See Henry, 2017 WL 1450573, at *1. In the absence of a file-stamped copy of relator's motion for DNA testing, relator has not established that the motion is actually pending in the trial court.

Moreover, even if relator had established that his motion is properly pending, he has not demonstrated that his motion was properly presented to the trial court. The trial court is not required to consider a motion that has not been called to its attention by proper means. Id.

Relator has not shown that he is entitled to mandamus relief. Accordingly, we deny relator's petition for writ of mandamus. We also deny as moot his motion for leave to file his petition for writ of mandamus.


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