Ruling By United States Supreme Court Could Effect Convicted Killer From Plano

L.P. Phillips
October 23, 2019 - 3:36 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court could trickle down to a convicted killer from Plano who was locked up for life. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today said it wants to hear arguments in the capital murder case of Christopher Holder.

A Collin County jury convicted Holder of the November 2012 slaying of Billy Joe Tanner. He was killed in his home on Royal Oaks Lane in Plano, not far from Spring Creek and Parker.

Plano Police relied heavily on cell phone use to track Holder's travels the day Tanner was killed.

However, since the conviction, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a case out of the Detroit area involving the use of cell phone records. The court held the records are protected by the 4th Amendment which requires a search warrant.

"The Court, today, is saying 'we want to know if the Texas Constitution should be interpreted the same way.'" said Steven Miears, attorney for Holder. "They are going to take a look at whether or not in Mr. Holder's case, the state met its burden under the Texas Constitution to acquire his cell phone records."

No hearing date has been set.