Execution of Texas inmate delayed due to incorrect info in trial

The execution of 31-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams, a death row inmate, was successfully delayed after information discussed in the trial was found to be erroneous, the News-Sentinel reported on July 16.

Hours before he was scheduled for lethal injection, his appointment was canceled. According to information released from the Texas Attorney General, statistics about DNA probabilities provided by the FBI were incorrect and may have influenced the jury.

Williams was convicted for killing an elderly woman in 2005 during a robbery at her home in Tyler.

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Evidence release slow in Waco shootout case due to volume

The legal process in regards to the Waco biker shootout that happened last month has been slow moving due to the sheer amount of evidence and people involved, the Waco Tribune reported on June 20.

Local officials in McLennan County have only released a limited amount of information so far. According to 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, release of pertinent information would only compromise the ongoing investigation into the incident. He said the “investigation carries with it a careful and impartial consideration of all the evidence and all the facts… and that cannot be done overnight”.

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Flower Mound man who shot and killed his wife gets 50 years in prison

Forty-one-year-old Flower Mound resident Daniel Fink, who made a guilty plea to charges of murder for the shooting death of his wife, 50-year-old Aide Fink, was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Thursday, May 28. Earl Dobson, Fink’s legal counsel, said Fink admitted guilt to the murder because Fink did not want to have his children testify at the court.

Fink will have to serve a minimum of 25 years in order to qualify for a parole hearing.

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Man in Bexar County shooting death faces murder charges

Police investigators have reported that 22-year-old Frederick Dewayne Fletcher, Jr., who was formerly charged with assault, is now facing murder charges in connection with the death of Patrick Lewis, FOX 29 reported on May 20.

Lewis was shot at a house on Brothers Lane in Bexar County on May 4. Fletcher, along with his sister Karon Johnson, surrendered to local authorities the day after the shooting.

Lewis initially only suffered critical injuries due to the incident, but since he died, Fletcher’s charges have been upgraded.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson was arguing with Lewis about the custody of their child in Lewis’ home. Fletcher, who accompanied his sister to the area, shot the victim during the argument.

It was not yet determined whether the shooting was intentional or happened in the heat of the moment.

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NFL running back Bernard Pierce faces DWI court date June 2

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who has recently been picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, is scheduled to make an appearance at the Towson District Court on June 2 for the preliminary trial of his pending driving while intoxicated case, court records from a Maryland court showed, according to the Baltimore Sun on May 6.

Pierce was taken into custody by police officers on March 18 just before 2 a.m. in Baltimore County on Dulaney Valley Road and was bailed out by the Ravens around 12 hours after his arrest.

After Pierce’s arrest, he officially became the eighth player and the ninth member of the NFL to be taken into custody within the past 13 months.

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Firefighter arrested after assaulting an elderly man at TCU game

Forty-two-year-old Fort Worth, Texas resident Shea O’Neill, a firefighter for the Fort Worth Fire Department, was taken into police custody on April 10 for charges of assault on the elderly, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Lieutenant Gregg Russell confirmed the arrest on the basis of the first-degree felony. According to Russell, the alleged assault happened at Amon G. Carter Stadium in the 2800 block of Stadium Drive the same day, during a Texas Christian University spring game.

O’Neill’s child and child’s friend were playing near the handicapped section at the game, acting as a catalyst for an altercation between a 78-year-old man and O’Neill. The dispute apparently escalated into an assault. O’Neill has been placed on administrative leave from work, which is reportedly standard in cases like this.

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Texas man charged with several felonies for striking pedestrian

Twenty-four-year-old Texas resident Miguel Diaz appeared before court last Monday, April 6 for a preliminary trial hearing for allegedly striking a pedestrian while driving under the influence, according to thedickinsonpress.com.

According to police investigations, Diaz had been driving under the influence and registered a blood alcohol level of greater than .08% when he struck a man yet to be identified publicly by the police on Jan. 15, 2015. Court documents claim that Diaz intentionally drove his vehicle towards the victim, causing the individual to incur a bone fracture and hospitalization. He was charged with three felonies, including DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated assault.

Diaz is currently in jail and was assigned a $1,500 bond.

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DUI arrest altercation results in broken police car window

Forty-nine-year-old Lisa Marie Jones was charged with driving under the influence in Dallas and received additional charges when her arrest turned into a struggle, the Rome News-Tribune reported on March 20.

Police pulled Jones over initially for speeding–she was driving 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. Once they did so, they administered a field sobriety test, which she failed. When they tried to arrest her, Jones put up a struggle and ended up kicking out the window of one of the police vehicles. As a result, Jones was not only charged with a DWI, but also obstruction of law enforcement and a felony charge of destruction of government property.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in the Dallas area, it is critical to seek legal counsel as early on in the case as possible. Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007, and learn how we may work to protect your rights through a defense that challenges every aspect of the case against you.

Director Randall Miller pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Randall Miller, director of Midnight Rider, a film based on the life of rock and blues singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass on March 9 before the Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Georgia, according to a Billboard article.

The charge was in relation to the death of the film’s camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of the film when a train barreled through the area where the crew was filming in February 2014. There were no permits or safety measures set up to protect the film crew, and Jones was killed by the train.

Miller agreed to a two-year jail sentence as part of the plea, and the case against his wife Jody Savin was dismissed.

The plaintiffs – Richard and Elizabeth Jones, the victim’s parents – also filed civil lawsuits (wrongful death) aside from the criminal case against Miller, which are against Midnight Rider’s filmmakers; Unclaimed Freight Productions, the production company; Open Road Films, the distributor; CSX Transportation, the railroad company; and Allman himself.

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Chapel Hill homicide suspect appeared in court

Forty-six-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made his first court appearance at the Durham County Detention Center on February 11, where he asked for a public defender, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Hicks is on trial for three counts of first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his neighbors in the Finley Forest apartment condominium complex. The victims were identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha. The latter is a Raleigh resident and was visiting the couple in their home.

Murder, homicide, and manslaughter charges are serious accusations that will affect your life and possibly your future. It is critical to enlist the help of an experienced legal team who will fight tirelessly on your behalf for the reduction or altogether elimination of your charges. Call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to learn more.