All charges against Hannah Overton dismissed on Wed, April 8, 2015!
From Texas Monthly:
"Nine years after Hannah Overton’s nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system began, it ended just as abruptly, yesterday afternoon, when Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka called her attorney, Cynthia Orr, to inform her that he had made a motion to dismiss capital murder charges against her.
As recently as December—when Hannah was released from prison after an appellate court overturned her conviction—the DA’s office had vowed to try her again for the 2006 death of four-year-old Andrew Byrd. At her bail hearing shortly before Christmas, prosecutors argued that she posed such a grave risk to her children that she should only be allowed to see them during supervised visits. (The presiding judge did not agree and released her with no such restrictions.) Yet despite prosecutors’ determination this winter to retry Hannah, Skurka explained to Orr yesterday that he decided to dismiss charges after spending the past few months thoroughly reinvestigating the case. It was an astonishing turn of events, given that DAs rarely walk away from cases that their offices have previously won convictions in—even troubled cases that are later overturned by higher courts."
Read Pamela Collof's complete coverage in Texas Monthly.
TIMELINE OF MAJOR EVENTS
OCT 2, 2006, Corpus Christi, TX -- Critially ill, 4 year old Andrew Burd is rushed to an emergency clinic by Larry and Hannah Overton, the couple who are in the process of adopting him.
Andrew dies the next day of sodium intoxication.
SEPT, 2007 - Hannah Overton is wrongly convicted of capital murder for Andrew's death when in fact he accidentally ingested a lethal amount of salt.
She receives the mandatory sentence: life without parole. She is sent to a maximum security prison in Gatesville, TX.
SEPT, 2014 - Exactly 7 years later, her conviction is overturned and a new trial ordered.
DEC 2014 - Hannah is released on bond and reunited with Larry and her remaining 5 children, family & friends.
APR 8, 2015 - The DA dismisses the charges against Hannah.
Of course there is much, much more to this story. For more detail of the case and appeals, read and watch the national media coverage listed below.
As of April, 2015, Hannah and Larry plan to tell their story in their own way. Details about that will be posted here as they become available.
IN-DEPTH COVERAGE IN NATIONAL MEDIA
Texas Monthly magazine has comprehensive coverage of Hannah's case in a series of articles and blogs written by Pamela Colloff. Click HERE for a round up of those articles.
ABC's 20/20 followed the case closely for more than 6 years.
Their series of video segments listed below.
Click the red links to watch the videos.
Part 1: Foster Son's Parents Suspected of His Salt Poisoning Death
Four-year-old Andrew Burd had a toxic level almost double the norm of sodium before his death.
Part 2: Prosecutors Say Mom Poured Salt Down Foster Son's Throat
Hannah Overton says she had problems with her foster son, who was obsessed with eating.
Part 3: Mom Found Guilty in Salt Poisoning Death of Foster Son
Juror Norma Bejarano said she thought Hannah Overton was guilty of not seeking help fast enough.
Part 4: Court Overrules Mom's Conviction for Murder of Foster Son
The state's highest criminal court put the blame on Hannah Overton's trial attorneys.
Part 5: Mom Returns Home After 7 Years Behind Bars
Last week, Hannah Overton was released on bail and reunited with her family.
STAY TUNED FOR THE FINAL EPISODE!!!