Judge Reschedules Condemned’s Hearing That Fell After Execution Date

A judge has moved a condemned inmate's hearing date so that it's no longer scheduled after his execution date.

State District Judge Greg Brewer in suburban Dallas moved the date to Monday, two days before convicted killer Charles Dean Hood is set to die. Brewer's decision Wednesday reverses a decision by another judge who had set a similar hearing for Sept. 12.

The hearing will address arguments that Brewer's murder trial was unfair because of an alleged unethical romantic relationship between the judge presiding over the trial and the district attorney prosecuting the case.

Brewer ordered the retired judge, Verla Sue Holland and the former Collin County District Attorney, Tom O'Connell, to be ready to be interviewed by lawyers Monday — if Brewer agrees with the condemned Hood’s attorney that the pair should be deposed.