The wheels of justice stalled for Darius in Judge Joshua Hill’s 232nd District Court of Harris County. Darius’ writ hearing seeking the court’s recommendation to drop the charges based on 2014 post-conviction DNA testing that dismissed Elam as a DNA contributor, was held on July 12, 2019.
Darius Elam's Writ was remanded to Judge Hill's Court on 4/3/19 and the Court was scheduled to issue its decision on Dec. 2, 2019, the deadline set by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Yet, over a year after the hearing, no recommendation has been rendered.
On July 16, 2020, the Criminal Court of Appeals reminded Judge Joshua Hill in the 232nd District Court of Harris County that he had passed the deadline to issue a recommendation and that he had not requested an extension. Now, the Higher Court-Criminal Court of Appeals is requiring Judge Hill, 232nd District Court, to issue his recommendation or request an extension.