A special grand jury convened on Friday and indicted former death row inmate Clinton Young in a 21-year-old capital murder case in Harrison County.
“The grand jury met here; the attorney general’s office introduced him. It was a special grand jury,” Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain confirmed.
“He was charged with capital murder,” McCain said.
“He (allegedly) killed someone here (in western Harrison County) and someone in Midland,” McCain said, recalling some of the facts of the case. “It was a long series of crimes. He was never arrested or charged here. He was arrested and charged in Midland. He was tried in Midland for capital murder and was sentenced to death.
Now, following Friday’s capital murder indictment in Harrison County, Young has been arrested by the Vicksburg, Mississippi Police Department and is awaiting extradition.
According to a September 22, 2021 article published in The Texas Tribune, Clinton Young was convicted of a 2001 Midland County murder in which he insists he was framed.
In September 2021, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his capital murder conviction and death sentence after it discovered that a prosecutor in the case was also working for the judge, according to the article. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals determined that he was denied the right to a fair trial and an impartial judge.
Young, 38, had been on death row since 2003, the Texas Tribune reported.
“The misconduct of judges and prosecutors – in the form of an undisclosed working relationship between the trial judge and the prosecutor appearing before him – tainted [Young’s] entire proceeding from the beginning,” the state’s highest criminal court ruled. “As a result, little confidence can be placed in the fairness of the proceedings or in the outcome of the plaintiff’s trial.”
The appeals court ordered Young removed from death row and, on September 22, 2021, granted Young the motion for a new trial.
Young was charged at 18 with participating in a series of drug crimes in 2001 with co-defendant David Page, 20, which led to the double murders of two men – one in the county of Harrison and the other in Midland – for the use of their vehicles during a 48-hour window.
Young was convicted of the murder of Samuel Petrey in Midland and sentenced to death after Page testified against him. Page entered a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.
— The Texas Tribune contributed to this story.