Alleged confession from Andre McDonald to in-laws highlights Day 1 of his murder trial
The first witness to testify in the murder trial of an Air Force major wasn’t even scheduled to make an appearance on the witness stand. But that all changed after an alleged phone call the murder defendant made to his sister-in-law Friday.
‘It’s really a mess’: Bexar County DA hampered by SAPD, BCSO mishandling of evidence and communication issues
Public court proceedings, conversations with sources and case records reveal ongoing communication lapses and mishandling of evidence between the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the area’s two largest law enforcement agencies: the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
5 high-profile trials that could happen in San Antonio in 2021
When Bexar County District Courts reopen for trials there are five high-profile cases that might be in the docket for 2021. SAN ANTONIO – As Texas has “opened 100%”, the Bexar County courts remain closed to in-person and jury trials. These trials will take place in the 227th District Court by Judge Kevin O’Connell. AdWhen this retrial takes place it will be in the 144th District Court with Judge Michael Mery. When this trial is set it will take place in the 399th District Court with Judge Frank Castro presiding.
Bond reduced for Air Force Major facing murder charges in the death of his wife Andreen McDonald
SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Major Andre McDonald had his bond reduced Monday morning. McDonald is facing murder charges for the death of his wife, Andreen McDonald, in 2019. Bond today was reduced from $2 million to $450,000 by Judge Frank Castro in the 399th district court. At this point, it is unclear whether he will be able to post the reduced bond. Ad“We need a pre-trial motion hearing and we need a trial as soon as one is available,” Convery said.
Decision pending on pretrial motions in trial of man charged in wife’s slaying
Convery is awaiting a decision on pretrial motions on file in the case. A Bexar County grand jury indicted McDonald in October 2019 on murder and tampering with evidence charges. “I need the discovery that they were obligated to give me, and should have given me, before we can go to trial”, Convery said. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office didn’t comment on Convery’s motions, citing the DA’s policy not to discuss pending cases. No date has been set for a ruling from Judge Frank Castro on Convery’s motions.
Andre McDonald indicted on charges of murdering wife, tampering with evidence
SAN ANTONIO - Andre McDonald was indicted Wednesday morning on two felony charges, including murder, in the death of his wife, Andreen. According to the indictment, on Feb. 28 Andre "intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Andreen." The indictment alleges that Andre intended to cause serious bodily injury to Andreen and "committed an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused her death." Andre is facing a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison if he's convicted. He was also indicted for tampering with evidence, including a receipt, hammer, clothes and shoes, all of which are third-degree felonies.