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Gentry murder case awaits recusal ruling in latest appeal

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by Mark Wiggins

WACO - It will now be up to visiting Judge Robert C. Richardson, of San Antonio, to decide whether to recuse 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother from convicted murderer Darlene Gentry's habeas corpus hearing.

Habeas corpus means that a detainee is seeking relief from imprisonment.

On Thursday, Gentry's family law attorney Damon Reed argued that because Strother was the presiding judge in Gentry's child custody hearing, he may have been exposed to information that would bias his judgement in criminal court.

Reed was one of two witnesses who testified on Gentry's behalf, along with sister Gayle Krall.  Strother, who's currently set to hear Gentry's latest appeal, took the stand to deny any bias.

If Judge Strother is forced to recuse himself, Judge Richardson would be the one to preside over the habeas corpus hearing.  McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest told News Channel 25 it could be next week until a decision over who will preside over the hearing is made. 

Darlene Doskocil Gentry was sentenced in 2007 to 60 years in prison for the 2005 murder of her 31-year-old husband Waymon Keith Gentry, a story that made headlines nationwide.

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