Picks and Pans Review: Texas Justice

updated 02/13/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1995 01:00AM

ABC (Sun., Feb. 12, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

Yeeha! It's a big old gaudy Lone Star State true-crime miniseries. Break out the pork rinds!

Peter Strauss plays T. Cullen Davis, an oil-bidness baron from Fort Worth who, in 1976, finds himself wearying of his crass, sexy second wife (Heather Locklear). During their bitter separation, a gunman breaks into Locklear's mansion, wounding her while killing her daughter from a previous marriage as well as a male companion. Locklear and a second witness swear the intruder was Strauss, but he evades conviction with the help of colorful Texas attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes (Dennis Franz).

When the film concludes the following night, Strauss is back in court, this time for soliciting the murder of a nettlesome divorce-court judge. (According to the FBI, he had a whole wish list of people he wanted dead.) Once again, Racehorse gallops to the rescue.

It's a delicious, decadent whopper of a tale, though it could be told with greater economy. Chris Mulkey and Susan Walters costar.

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