See Flowers v. State, 220 SW3d 919 (Tex. Crim. App. 2007), for a list of options, and the inclusion of one of my favorite lines in an opinion, "Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, there is more than one way to prove a prior conviction."
You can connect it via other identifying information listed on the judgment, connections to the defendant's DL pack, photographs from the prison pack, or testimony from someone with personal knowledge of the convictions, to name a few.
Posts: 1116 | Location: Waxahachie | Registered: December 09, 2004
If the judgment has defendant's SID#, the probation officer should be able to testify that he or she knows defendants SID#, which is a unique number & hopefully it matches your judgment. I have actually used a grandmother to prove up some priors!
Posts: 176 | Location: Hempstead, TX, USA | Registered: June 02, 2005
If he made bond in the case, the clerk will have a copy of the bail bond papers. They usually include some identifying info, such as address, dob, DL number, etc. Also his current jail card may have similar info, plus the name of someone to call in an emergency. If some of this info matches up you should be able to prove it up.
Also, his original jail card should have a "10 print"--F/Ps on all 10 fingers. Hopefully, one of them is useable, altho I had a case where this was not the case.
10 failed attempts to get a rolled print at one time and place, surely that has to be record, and something that could be used to explain why the lack of identifiable prints at a crime scene makes a lot sense despite a claim it tends to disprove someone's presence