Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive



Tuesday, June 20, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES EIGHT LINER GUILTY VERDICT IN ECTOR COUNTY

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced that a jury in Ector County returned a guilty verdict against illegal eight liner operator, Charles Babcock, after only 45 minutes of deliberation. Babcock owned Lots of Fun in Odessa, TX and was convicted of two counts of gambling promotion, one count of keeping a gambling place, one count possession of gambling paraphernalia and one count of possession of a gambling device.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law,"said Attorney General Cornyn.

As a result of the guilty verdict, approximately $8,400 in illegal wagers and 27 illegal eight liner machines will be ordered forfeited. The trial took place in Ector County Court at Law #2 where Babcock's sentencing will occur at a later date.

The Attorney General's office executed search warrants on Babcock's casino and four other locations last February. Twenty-seven slot machines and over $11,000 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized from Lots of Fun.

This was the first trial in an Odessa 8-liner case. The Attorney General's office was assisted by the Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Service and the Odessa Police Department.

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