Arlington Psychologist Murder Conviction Reversed

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Arlington Psychologist Murder Conviction Reversed

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Appeals court overturns decision due to insufficient evidence.

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An appeals court has cited insufficient evidence and overturned the conviction of an Arlington psychologist sentenced to life in prison over the 2005 killing of his ex-fiancee.

A jury in Fort Worth in 2007 convicted 62-year-old Lester Winningham of murder in the shooting death of marriage counselor Deborah Houchin. Her body was found behind a mechanic's shop in Muenster.

Trial testimony indicated the couple often fought in the months before her death and the relationship soured after Houchin asked Winningham to sign a prenuptial agreement.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday that a three-judge panel of the 2nd Court of Appeals ordered the case returned to district court for retrial.

Prosecutors say they plan to ask the full appeals court to reconsider the ruling.

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