Katie Hall, Austin American-Statesman

Katie Hall

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Recent articles by Katie:

Austin Water employee accused of raping, running over woman in city-issued truck

"The sound on the video also picked up the victim's cries in pain and for help," wrote the officer who got video footage that captured the incident. → Read More

Forecast calls for 20% chance of rain Saturday in Austin

Breezy, warm and humid conditions will persist for the next several days in Austin, with low chances for rain and storms each day. → Read More

COVID pandemic milestone: Travis County delivers first verdict in felony trial in 2 years

The verdict marks a major step as Travis County begins to tackle a significant backlog of felony criminal cases awaiting trial. → Read More

4 shot on Sixth Street early Sunday during SXSW; no critical injuries, police say

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. at Sixth and Trinity streets. As officials swarmed the scene, authorities issued an alert on social media. → Read More

Austin man arrested on charges related to 2021 breach of U.S. Capitol in Jan. 6 insurrection

A spokesman declined to explain why Geoffrey Shough's arrest occurred over a year later, but said investigators are arresting more people each week. → Read More

More than 100 insurance companies sue ERCOT over claims related to February freeze

"Defendants failed to properly prepare for a widely predicted, forewarned and entirely foreseeable event," the suit says. → Read More

In final tally, state officials say 246 Texans died in February from freeze and power loss

The death toll for the Texas freeze was 28 in Travis County, six in Williamson County and one in Bastrop County, according to Texas health officials. → Read More

'Objectively unreasonable': Jurors award family of police shooting victim $67 million

While the figure could be reduced by a judge, the verdict might signal a shift in Texas jurors' attitudes in holding police officers accountable. → Read More

Texas Longhorns assistant football coach, girlfriend sued after monkey bites child

The suit also accused Jeff Banks' girlfriend of refusing to provide the monkey's vaccination records, forcing the child to undergo rabies treatment. → Read More

'Forever in our hearts': 30 years later, Austin still without answers on murdered teen girls

Experts say any breaks in the Austin's yogurt shop murders case likely will come from a confession from the killer or someone who knew the killer. → Read More

Judge recommends no new trial in Rodney Reed case; appeals court to make later decision

The judge's filing is a recommendation. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will ultimately decide whether Reed should get a new trial. → Read More

'This is all subjective': Forensic evidence picked apart again in Rodney Reed hearing

Innocence Project attorneys are attempting to prove Rodney Reed was wrongfully convicted of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop County, Texas. → Read More

Prosecutors in Rodney Reed evidence trial call on expert to discredit witnesses' memories

Prosecutors on Monday attempted to cast doubt on the reliability of new witness testimony in an evidence hearing for Rodney Reed. → Read More

Witnesses share new testimony in Rodney Reed evidence hearing

Defense attorneys for Rodney Reed continued to bring witnesses to bolster their theory that 19-year-old Stacey Stites was killed by her fiancé Jimmy Fennell, not Reed. → Read More

Army sergeant indicted on murder charge in shooting death of Austin protester Garrett Foster

The slaying of Garrett Foster deepened debates over issues, such as protestor safety, self defense and the right to openly carry guns in Texas. → Read More

Hays County Judge Millie Thompson resigns, cutting short contentious term

Judge Millie Thompson resigned Wednesday from her post, which was fraught with lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders since she took office in January. → Read More

41 Texans charged in Capitol riot so far; many identified through social media, video

Of the 405 people arrested so far, as the list of suspects grows, 41 are from Texas. But more suspects hailed from Florida and Pennsylvania. → Read More

She's got a small caseload, but this Travis County public defender hopes to make a big impact

Travis County's new grant-funded public defenders office is up and running, taking on a small percentage of criminal cases since it was founded a year ago. → Read More

Driver who was charged in Round Rock police officer's 2018 traffic death dies in hospital

The family of driver Raul Ramos Martinez took him off life support, Round Rock police said. → Read More

Surviving family has right to sue Austin officer after police shooting, appeals court rules

A wrongful death lawsuit — filed in federal court after an Austin police officer shot a suicidal 20-year-old man who pointed a BB gun at him — can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. → Read More