Murder defendant to Act as Own Attorney

TYLER (KYTX) - A Tyler man facing the death penalty for the murder of his ex-wife will act as his own attorney in his upcoming trial.

James Calvert is accused of killing his wife and kidnapping his son in October 20-12.


Smith County District attorney Matt Bingham says Calvert has a constitutional right to represent himself. 

District Judge Jack Skeen made a decision after questioning Calvert for some time Thursday.

Another pre-trial hearing is set for next week.


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