Suspect in Texas state judge shooting arrested on unrelated charges

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A person of interest has been taken into custody in the case of a Texas state judge who was shot in front of her home in an upscale Austin neighborhood last week, police in the state capital said on Tuesday.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested in Houston on unrelated charges, Austin police said without providing a possible motive or other details in the shooting of District Judge Julie Kocurek, 51.

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In this March 28, 2014 photo, Judge Julie Kocurek presides over her court in Austin. Police are searching for suspects after Kocurek was shot and wounded in the driveway of her Austin home on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. She remained hospitalized Saturday with injuries that aren't believed to be life-threatening. (Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman, Statesman.com via AP)
Authorities investigate the scene Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, where District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot on Friday night in the driveway of her home in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, Statesman.com via AP) 
In this Jan. 29, 2014 photo, Steve Brand, left, Prosecution attorney, and Jon Evans, right, defense attorney, confer at the bench with Judge Julie Kocurek at the 390th District Court in Austin. Police are searching for suspects after Kocurek was shot and wounded in the driveway of her Austin home on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. She remained hospitalized Saturday with injuries that aren't believed to be life-threatening. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman, Statesman.com via AP) 
Authorities investigate the scene Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, where District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot on Friday night in the driveway of her home in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, Statesman.com via AP) 
Authorities investigate the scene Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, where District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot on Friday night in the driveway of her home in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, Statesman.com via AP) 
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The suspect is a man who has a motion in Kocurek's court that would revoke the conditions of a previous plea deal for a fraud conviction, effectively sending the man back to prison, the Austin American-Statesman reported sources involved in the investigation as saying. Police were not immediately available for comment.

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Kocurek was returning from a high school football game and was in front of the driveway of her home on Friday night when she was shot in front of witnesses, police said.

Her condition was listed as stable early on Saturday and her family issued a statement saying she has been improving daily since.

Kocurek, a former prosecutor, was appointed to her position in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush, a Republican. In 2006, she switched her affiliation to the Democratic Party.

Among her early cases was the high-profile capital murder trial of Celeste Beard Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for killing her millionaire husband, Steven Beard, in 1999.

Kocurek was initially named to preside over the 2014 felony case involving former Texas Governor Rick Perry, in which he was charged with abuse of power, but she recused herself. Perry was lieutenant governor when Bush appointed her to the bench. That case is still pending.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott and Bill Rigby)

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