Texas mother shot dead by husband after filing restraining order

39-year-old El Rey Gonzalez killed his estranged wife, 41-year-old Elva Gonzalez, by shooting her on the front lawn of her house in Baytown. The Harris County incident happened last Sunday, October 30, one day after she filed a restraining order against him.

According to preliminary investigations, their two children – who were aged 16 and 21 – called 911 to report an intruder in their house at approximately 6 p.m. that day. The intruder turned out to be El Rey, who was able to convince Elva to come out to the porch and have a conversation with him. She was shot when she stepped out onto the lawn. Police officers were able to shoot and wound El Rey when they arrived at the scene of the crime. El Rey is a registered sex offender who had prior convictions for assault, and gun and drug possession.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend their sincerest thoughts and condolences to the family of the victim in this tragedy.

Former Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide arrested

Jeffrey Scott Miller, 52, was one of eight men taken into custody for charges of online solicitation of a minor in Rockwall by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Miller lost his job as a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide a a result of the incident.

Investigators who posed as children were solicited by all eight men. Miller admitted to communicating in a sexual manner with who he thought was a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter and going to Rockwall to have sex with both of them. According to a statement released by Keller ISD: “Keller ISD is committed to eliminating predators from the ranks of the education profession. As such, the District terminated a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School employee Friday morning [October 21] following an arrest by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for solicitation of a minor on the internet. The offense did not occur at school or involve KISD students, we have no indication that this employee was involved in any prior criminal acts, and a review of the individual’s employment file, references, and background checks reveal no prior concerns.”

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Teen charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault

The Austin Police Department reported that 17-year-old Brandon Trybendis attacked his mother’s boyfriend with a knife on Friday, October 14 at around 9 at night. The incident occurred at their home in the 6300 block of Smith Oak Trail after his mother and her boyfriend got into a fight.

According to court documents, Trybendis’ mother and her boyfriend started arguing after the boyfriend came to their house heavily intoxicated. The boyfriend then began assaulting Trybendis’ mother and his brother, so Trybendis brandished a knife and stabbed the boyfriend in the back multiple times. Trybendis was charged with aggravated assault (family violence), a first-degree felony, and the boyfriend was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

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Ethan Couch’s attorneys say his case should be in civil court

Ethan Couch, the teenager from North Texas whose legal counsel argued he suffered from “affluenza” following his intoxication manslaughter charge in December 2013, was back in Tarrant County Court last Tuesday, September 27. This time, he attended a hearing to address the defense’s motion that the case against Couch should be in civil, not criminal, court.

In 2015, Couch and his mother fled to Mexico after a Twitter post showed Couch violating his parole by playing beer pong at a party. Couch was extradited back to North Texas on January 28, 2016.

Earlier this year, attorneys for Couch filed a motion that seeks to have Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Wayne Salvant recuse himself. Salvant, who was the judge who heard Couch’s juvenile probation case after he was extradited back to Texas and ordered Couch to serve four consecutive 180-day jail terms, declined the motion and deferred the decision to a higher court. Judge David Evans was the judge tasked with hearing arguments both from the prosecution and the defense. Prosecution said the recusal motion is untimely and Couch’s case does not belong in civil court.

Having an experienced and committed criminal defense attorney by your side can help immensely as you fight off the criminal charges thrown your way. Get in touch with our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas if you are charged with a time. Discuss your case with us by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

Man charged with sexual communication with a minor and child pornography

Twenty-three-year-old Austin Pelletier was arrested by Special Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in Payne County on charges of child pornography on Thursday, September 22. The charges come after Pelletier responded to a Craigslist ad made by an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children task force officer, who posed as a 14-year-old girl.

Pelletier talked in a sexually explicit manner with the undercover officer, which culminated in Pelletier sending a picture of his penis. The task force then accessed Pelletier’s computer and found child pornography on the device. Other charges Pellettier is facing include engaging in sexual communication with a minor by use of technology, and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are well-versed in the process of fighting off criminal defense charges for our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas. Get in touch with our aggressive and competent criminal defense attorneys by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Texas man who allegedly drowned wife faces death penalty

Prosecutors in North Texas say they will ask for the death penalty against 34-year-old Rodolfo Arellano, who was accused of drowning his 28-year-old wife, Elizabeth. He tied a rope attached to heavy concrete around her neck and pushed her off a bridge into Lake Worth in Tarrant County.

According to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office filed a notice on Friday, September 16 to seek the death penalty against Arellano, who is charged with capital murder.

Elizabeth Arellano’s remains were discovered on April 16, 2016 after authorities responded to fishermen who called in to report a potential suicide after seeing someone fall from the bridge. She and Rodolfo Arellano had already legally separated and reports showed that Elizabeth had plans to file a divorce petition from her estranged husband, who is now sitting in jail with a $500,000 bond.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have the experience and commitment necessary to help you win your case in criminal court. Contact us today by calling our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007.

Man sentenced to nine years in prison for assault on gay couple

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was convicted of assault charges in relation to his assault of Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams with a wooden chair on May 5, 2015. The incident occurred at Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York. El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, September 15 for the offense.

While the media initially portrayed the incident as a hate crime because El-Amin could be heard saying the word “faggot” to the victims. it was later revealed that El-Amin is also gay. Smashing the victims over the head with a wooden chair was retaliation for an earlier altercation initiated by the victims.

According to court documents, the altercation was divided into three parts. First, the force that El-Amin initially employed could be considered self-defense, since Snipes started the altercation. Parts two and three, however, El-Amin continued his assault on Snipes and York-Adams, even as they made their surrender.

If you or someone you love was charged with a crime, you need complete faith and confidence in your criminal defense lawyer. Get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 so we can immediately start crafting a strong legal defense for your case.

Ezekiel Elliott won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

The Columbus Ohio City Attorney’s Office decided not to charge 21-year-old Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred in July. In question is the incident involving Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who authorities say provided “conflicting and inconsistent information”.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Tuesday, September 6 that the disciplinary board is still reviewing Elliott’s case since the league can punish a player even if he is not formally charged with a crime. In a statement, Elliott’s mother, Stacy Elliott said: “I’m very relieved. I want to thank Ezekiel’s legal team for its diligence.”

Thompson filed two police reports on July 22, 2016 that said Elliott abused her while they sat in a parked car. However, four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car with Elliott and Thompson at the time of the alleged abuse, said no abuse took place.

If you are charged with a crime, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for help with your case. We want to defend you and make sure your legal rights are protected. Call (214) 845-7007 for more information and to discuss your legal options.

Chris Brown arrested by LAPD for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman

27-year-old R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown was arrested by members of the Los Angeles Police Department last Tuesday, August 30 after a daylong standoff at Brown’s residence. Police booked Brown after a woman alleged that he pointed a gun at her.

LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said they responded to a woman who requested police assistance at around 3:11 a.m. at Brown’s house. The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team stood outside Brown’s house waiting as the LAPD obtained a search warrant. During that time, Brown posted on Twitter: If only the “SWAT TEAM” showed up at crime scenes when innocent lives get taken, like they show up at people house over dumb phone calls.

Brown also posted videos on Instagram that contained his lashes at the police: “When you get the warrant, whatever you need, you gonna walk right up in here, and you gonna see nothing, you idiots. I’m tired of (expletive) dealing with you all. Y’all the worst gang in the world, the police.”

The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who provide legal services to our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas, are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Five Alabama residents murdered with an ax and gun

Derrick Dearman, a 27 year old from Mississippi, was charged with six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping on August 23rd. Dearman broke into an Alabama home before sunrise on Saturday morning, carrying an ax. The family living inside was housing Dearman’s estranged ex-girlfriend. He killed a total of five people, using the ax he brought with him and guns he found inside. He later confessed to the murders, professing his love for his ex-girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and revealing that he was on methamphetamine at the time of the slayings.

After the massacre, he kidnapped his estranged ex-girlfriend and a child of two of the victims. He claims he did not kill them because the drugs had worn off and he “realized what was really going on”. He was charged with six counts of murder rather than five to account for the unborn child of one of his victims, who was pregnant.

 

Charlie Passarelli, Jr., who said he provided a house for Lester and Dearman earlier this year, said Dearman was frequently high on methamphetamine and physically abused Lester.

Dearman says he does not recall most of the events from the incident, but feels he deserves to die.

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