Ponder, Texas resident John Franklin Howard was found guilty of paying to have his wife of 30 years murdered in 2012, The Dallas Morning News reported on August 19.
After a two-week trial and only two hours of deliberation, the Denton County jury convicted Howard of attempting to commit capital murder. Nancy Howard was in the hospital after the alleged murder time when she found out through a telephone conversation that her husband was having an affair. The prosecution further gave evidence of text messages that Howard’s mistress sent him telling him to be with her, as evidence of why he might have committed the crime.
However, the defense is not satisfied by this conviction. According to Howard’s defense attorney, there is no direct evidence that suggests Nancy’s husband hired the man who shot her.
Sometimes, overzealous prosecutors can sway a jury to convict a suspect without sufficient evidence. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas believe that every individual is entitled to a fair trial, and we aggressively fight on behalf of our clients. If you are facing serious charges, call our offices today at 214-845-7007 to begin building your defense.