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Ganesan v. State

Texas Court of Appeals
45 S.W.3d 197 (2001)


Facts

Apparajan Ganesan (defendant) was embroiled in a bitter divorce with his wife, Sudha Vallabhaneni, which entailed a failing business venture, restraining orders placed on large accounts he attempted to liquidate, subsequent bankruptcy, and protective orders filed against him. During this time, Vallabhaneni recorded a phone call with Ganesan during which he threatened to kill himself, her, or both of them if the business venture failed. After being arrested for violating the protective order, Ganesan met another prisoner while in jail and asked him if he knew of anyone who could “take care” of his wife. Ganesan called the man a few weeks later to reinitiate the conversation, but later backpedaled away from the idea in a subsequent call. In the two months prior to Vallabhaneni’s scheduled testimony in the bankruptcy proceeding, Ganesan asked Reda Sue Prier to find someone to kill Vallabhaneni and her attorney. Ganesan was charged and convicted of two counts of solicitation to commit murder. Ganesan appealed, alleging that Prier’s testimony was not sufficiently corroborated to uphold the charge.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kidd, J.)

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