Judge Over Murder Trial Loosens Media Restrictions

A store clerk and a delivery man were killed during the robbery of a Valero gas station in March 2010.

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    The trial of a robbery and homicide at a Valero gas station in March 2010 continues.

    A judge has scaled back restrictions for the media covering a capital murder trial in Fort Worth.

    State District Judge Elizabeth Berry said Monday the media can report on everything happening in open court.

    Testimony Continues in Valero Robbery, Homicide Trial

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    The trial of a robbery and homicide at a Valero gas station in March 2010 continues. (Published Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012)

    Last week she said only information discussed in front of jurors could be reported.

    The Star-Telegram then pulled several tweets and blog postings about testimony given outside the jury's presence. But the newspaper challenged the judge's gag order as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

    Gas Station Clerk Killed in Robbery Attempt

    [DFW] Gas Station Clerk Killed in Robbery Attempt
    A clerk was killed and a delivery driver was wounded during a robbery attempt at a Fort Worth Valero station. (Published Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010)

    The newspaper reports that the judge issued the new rules before a Monday hearing about the restrictions. The paper's attorney and judge discussed more details at the hearing.

    Kwame Rockwell is accused of aggravated robbery and capital murder after prosecutors say he and two other men entered a Valero station on Mansfield Highway in southeast Fort Worth, robbed the check-cashing business and shot and killed a deliveryman and a store clerk.

    Daniel Rojas, the store clerk, was shot in the head, and Jerry Burnett, a Mrs. Baird's deliveryman, was also shot and died in the hospital 10 days later.