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Capital murder defendant argues that his jail laptop isn't good enough

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County capital murder defendant, James Calvert, says the free computer he is getting in jail is not good enough.

Calvert is awaiting trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Jelena Sriraman, in Tyler on Halloween of 2012. Calvert is defending himself at his trial, so the court has provided him with a computer to prepare his case.

When the computer was delivered to the jail, Calvert sent it back saying it didn't have the software he needed. However, experts disagree.

"It has a massive amount of software on there... even more than he asked for. It should be just fine," testified Tim McLemee of Spartan Investigative Group.

McLemee often testifies in trials as a computer expert. He says the computer is just as good, if not better, than some computers used in the Smith County District Attorney's Office.

"We did go out of the way to add extra software to the computer just to be sure that any kind of audio or video or photograph would open on that computer," explained McLemee.

Calvert also said he wanted administrative access over the computer, so he could make sure that no one else is looking at his work.

"I cannot accept that computer because it does not secure," Calvert told Judge Jack Skeen Jr.
"I can't make you take the laptop," Judge Skeen replied.

The judge ruled that the computer was going back to the jail, whether Calvert wanted it or not. The court determined that the computer is more that sufficient for Calvert's needs.

"I understand, Judge, but you're believing that expert," Calvert said, pointing to McLemee. "You're not believe this expert," Calvert said, pointing to himself.

Even though Calvert is the one who asked for the computer in the first place, he said he'll refuse to use it until it has everything he wants.

The judge has ruled that Calvert will be allowed to use the computer in his jail cell for two hours a day, five days a week. The judge has also ordered that no one will open or use the computer except for Calvert.

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