Appeals Court Decisions about Judge Bill Miller’s Rulings

JUDGE BILL MILLER
PRESIDING

March 18, 2020, In Re: Commitment of Daniel Allen Metcalf,
Trial Cause No. 17C1549-005, Affirmed
(A civil trial regarding whether the Defendant was a “Sexually Violent Predator” and, if so, whether the State of Texas could order his civil commitment for treatment in a State lockdown treatment facility after he served his criminal sentence. Defendant was found to be an SVP and committed to a treatment facility.)

February 12, 2020, State v. Cabrera, Trial Cause Nos. 18F00341, 18F00342, & 18F00361, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 65 years, 20 and 20, with the 20s stacked on the 65.)

January 16, 2020, State v. Matthews, Trial Cause No. 18F0588-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: Life)

December 16, 2019, State v. Walker, Trial Cause No.  18F0897-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: 55 years.)

October 9, 2019, State v. Jones, Trial Cause No. 16F1126-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced 35 years.)

September 19, 2019, State v. James, Trial Cause No. 17F1273-005, Affirmed.
(Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: Life.)

August 30, 2019, Curtis v. Urbina, Et. Al., Trial Cause No. 12C1341-005, Affirmed.
(Bowie County — Medical Malpractice.)

July 24, 2019, State v. MetCalf, Trial Cause No. 17C1549-005, Reversed.
(Court of Appeals ordered a free transcript for a Defendant on appeal of the jury’s finding that he was a sexually violent predator, reversing Judge Miller’s denial of a free transcript).

July 23, 2019, State v. Wolfenbarger, Trial Cause No. 16F1160-005, Affirmed. (Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: Life.)

July 23, 2019, State v. Lewis, Trial Cause No. 18F0325-005, Affirmed.
(Bowie County— criminal case. Sentenced: Life + $10,000 fine.)

June 19, 2019, State v. May, Trial Cause No. 2018F00027, Affirmed.
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced 25 years.)

June 17, 2019, State v. Nelson, Trial Cause Nos. 17F1099, 17F1100, 17F1101, 17F1102, 17F1103-005, Affirmed and Modified.
(Bowie County — Sexual Trafficking of Persons — Appeals court modified Judge Miller’s “stacking” of Defendant’s 5 life sentences and ordered them to run concurrently — at the same time.)

May 22, 2019, In Re Aaron Lucas, Mandamus Denied, Appellate Cause No. 06-19-00086-CR.
(Bowie County — Criminal, denial of request to Mandamus the Court)

April 4, 2019, State v. Staner, Trial Cause No. 18F00288, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 80 years.)

February 28, 2019, State v. Epps, Trial Cause No. 17F00133, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced 55 years.)

February 8, 2019, Smale v. Williams, Trial Cause No. 18C156, Affirmed.
(Cass County — civil case).

February 6, 2019, In the Matter of the Marriage of Nikki Lanelle Christensen and Dean Christensen, Jr. and in the Interest of W.C., a ChildAffirmed,
Trial Cause No. 17D0769-005. (Bowie County — family law case)

December 19, 2018, Roderick v. State of Texas, Affirmed
Trial Cause No. 14F0004-005 (Bowie County — criminal case)

September 19, 2018, Carrigan v. State of Texas, Affirmed,
Trial Cause No. 2016F00081 (Cass County — criminal case)

September 12, 2018, State v. Beham, Trial Cause No. 14F0004-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — Criminal. Sentenced: 40 years.)

August 30, 2018, Ricks, Jr. v. State of Texas, Affirmed,
Trial Cause No. 14F1149-005 (Bowie County — criminal case.
Sentenced: 35 years)

July 31, 2018, Taylor v. State of Texas, Affirmed on all causes,
Trial Cause Nos. 2017F00159, 2017F00160, 2017F00161, 2017F00162, 2017F00163, 2017F00164, 2017F00165, 2017F00166, 2017F00167
(Cass County — criminal cases. Sentence: 20+20+20 years, stacked. 15+15+ 15 years run together, but stacked on top of the last 20 year sentence. Plus, 10 years, 10 years and 10 years, run together, stacked on top of the 15 year sentences. 85 years total.)

May 17, 2018, Peters v. State of Texas, Affirmed,
Trial Cause No. 16F0827-005 (Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: 15 years)

March 30, 2018, Lucas v. State of Texas, Affirmed,
Trial Cause Nos. 14F0217-005, 13F0422-005 (Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: Life and $10,000 fine + Life and $10,000 fine, stacked.)

March 23, 2018, State v. Bolton, Trial Cause Nos. 16F00005, 16F00006, 16F00025, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal. Sentenced: 50 +10 +10 years, stacked.)

February 23, 2018, Singleton v. Bowman, Remanded,
Trial Cause No. 13C0211-005 (Bowie County — civil case) (remanded on issue of whether trial starts on first day of trial or day jury first hears evidence—relating to admissibility of certain evidence. Plaintiff demanded $1.4 million, Jury returned verdict of $12,000. Case settled by the parties before re-trial.)

February 22, 2018, Webb v. State of Texas, Affirmed,
Trial Cause No. 15F0870-005 (Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: Life + Life, stacked)

January 23, 2018, In Re: Lee Vert Smith, Writ of Mandamus Denied

December 22, 2017, Redmond v. State of Texas, Affirmed
Trial Cause No. 16F00125 (Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 25 + 25 years, stacked)

November 15, 2017, Dee v. State of Texas, Affirmed
Trial Cause No. 2016F0112 (Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 2 years State Jail, $5,000 fine.)

November 2, 2017, Coleman v. State of Texas, Affirmed
Trial Cause No. 16F1074-005 (Bowie County — criminal case. Sentenced: 20 + 15 + 10 years, stacked.)

September 20, 2017, State v. Land, Trial Cause No. 15F0235, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal. Sentenced: 45 years)

July 6, 2017, State v. Harrell, Trial Cause No. 15F0778-005, Reversed and Remanded for new trial. Appellate Court held the Judge Miller erred in admitting evidence of other sexual offenses. After remand, the State dismissed two charges and, on 12-26-2018, entered a plea agreement with Defendant for 10 years.)

May 19, 2017, State v. Nard, Trial Cause No. 15F00295, Affirmed
(Cass County — Criminal. Sentenced: 65 years and 70 years.)

April 21, 2017, State v. Reid, Trial Cause No. 15F177, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal. Sentenced: 10 years.)

January 27, 2017, State v. Coleman, Trial Cause No. 15F0535-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — Criminal. Sentenced: 20 years and $10,000 + Life and $10,000, + Life and $10,000.)

September 27, 2016, State v. Kennedy, Trial Cause No. 12F00232, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 2 years, $10,000 fine, sentence suspended and placed on probation as required by Jury)

March 20, 2017, State v. Hendrix, Trial Cause No. 2014F00198, Affirmed
(Cass County — Criminal. Sentenced: 65 years)

October 27, 2016, State v. Fininen, Trial Cause No. 15F00270, Affirmed
(Cass County — Criminal. Sentenced: 40 years.)

August 4, 2016, Miller v. Thomas, Trial Cause No. 13C00313, Affirmed as Modified (removed a party as judgment creditor)
(Cass County — Civil)

April 14, 2016, State v. Allie, Trial Cause No. 15F0232-005, Affirmed
(Bowie County — criminal. Four counts indecency with child. Sentenced: 20+20 20+20 years, $10,000 fine, stacked)

December 31, 2015, State v. Hall, Trial Cause No. 13F00107, Affirmed
(Cass County — criminal case. Sentenced: 15 + 15 years)

December 3, 2015, State v. Leslie, Trial Cause eno. 13F1027-005, Affirmed as modified (Appeals court removed deadly weapon finding from felon in possession of possession of firearm conviction)
Bowie — Criminal. Sentenced: 50 years)