Court denies murderer’s appeal

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By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

A Mexia man convicted of murder has lost an appeal that argued he was incompetent to stand trial.

Chad Michael Musgrove was convicted in January of capital murder in the 2011 shooting death of his father after a week-long trial before a Limestone County jury. The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Tenth Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Musgrove’s appeal, which argued in two ways he wasn’t competent to stand trial. The ruling discussed the results of a four-hour evaluation of Musgrove by Dr. William Lee Carter, that was used to determine if Musgrove was competent to stand trial. While found to be delusional, the expert said Musgrove was able to understand what was taking place and to assist in his defense.

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