Art. 38.075. CORROBORATION OF CERTAIN TESTIMONY REQUIRED. (a) A defendant may not be convicted of an offense on the testimony of a person to whom the defendant made a statement against the defendant’s interest during a time when the person was imprisoned or confined in the same correctional facility as the defendant unless the testimony is corroborated by other evidence tending to connect the defendant with the offense committed. In this subsection, “correctional facility” has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07, Penal Code.
(b) Corroboration is not sufficient for the purposes of this article if the corroboration only shows that the offense was committed.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1422 (S.B. 1681), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Updated June 7, 2015.
The Court of Criminal Appeals found that courts should give the words “a statement against the defendant’s interest” in this statute a broad reading when determining whether to include an instruction under this section in the trial court’s jury charge. Christopher Allen Phillips v. The State of Texas, NO. PD-0789-14 (Tex. Crim. App. 2015).