Vicki Treat Broadstreet explains the relationship between Twila and her maternal uncle, Robert Donnell. Another testimony pointing at Robert Donnell as the actual killer, not Hank Skinner. The reality of his behavior with his niece, Twila, speaks to his motive and involvement in the murders.
On May 23, 2016 the State and the Defense filed a joint motion to extend time. On June 8, 2016 the Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order denying the request and instead giving the trial judge thirty days to come back to them with explanations for the points detailed in its order.
On March 1st, 2016 Hank’s attorneys filed an unopposed motion to stay the current proceedings pending a report by Texas DPS regarding DNA test results. On March 9th, 2016, the Court of Criminal Appeals filed an opinion granting the motion.
On November 12, 2014 the defense filed the appellant's opening brief. The State filed its brief of appellee on January 26, 2015 and the defense filed the appellant's reply brief on February 17, 2015. On April 15, 2015 the Court of Criminal Appeals heard oral arguments in the case.