Fort Worth man recaptured after fleeing his sexual abuse trial

Thirty-four-year-old in Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas resident Jayson Neil Sparks, who has skipped out on his sex abuse trial at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center on Wednesday, August 3 was recaptured on Friday, August 5 in a wooded area near Lake Worth.

In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Patrick Curran, Sparks’ legal counsel, said that the local authorities were able to trace Sparks’ cellphone, which led to his recapture.

Sparks was convicted of one count of continuous sexual abuse on Thursday, August 4 and was sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment.

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Playing Pokemon Go is not an excuse when you break the law

Rogge Dunn, a lawyer in Dallas, Texas, said when people violate the law while playing entertaining mobile games, such as the latest Pokemon Go, they “have to take personal responsibility for [their] own actions.”

Dunn added that courts have to be vigilant in ensuring that operators of these kinds of games are giving proper warning to players regarding the risks to playing their games. He noted, “Courts and juries are going to be looking at this very carefully to make sure that people that are bringing forth these games are doing so in a manner that doesn’t endanger the players of the game as well as the general public.”

Should someone attempt to give a “Pikachu defense,” it wouldn’t be the only time that someone blamed entertainment for their crimes. For instance, in the 1990’s, two teenagers who committed a robbery and killed the store clerk at a convenience store said they were influenced by watching the 1994 thriller Natural Born Killers.

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney during your criminal trials can give you the chance of getting your charges dismissed or reduced. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas can protect your legal interests and freedoms and can competently defend you in court. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation.

Man shoots Waffle House robber

A man shot a robber armed with an AK-47 after the Waffle House where he was eating was robbed. The crime occurred at the restaurant along Interstate 35 in DeSoto on Thursday, July 7 around 2:30 a.m. Police are not charging the shooter with a crime.

According to police officers, the robber, identified as 26-year-old Antoine Cooper, came into the restaurant carrying an AK-47 with a large capacity magazine. He was wearing a hoodie and proceeded to rob several customers. All customers complied, but after the robber left the building, one restaurant patron followed Cooper out of Waffle House and shot him with his personal handgun. The case, including the robbery and the subsequent shooting, will be referred to a grand jury, Dallas County prosecutors said.

If you must stand trial for a crime, you should ensure that you have a defense attorney who will fight for your best interests. Improve your criminal defense strategy by hiring the legal services of an aggressive and competent legal defender at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas. Contact our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.

UT student’s suspected killer makes first court appearance

Meechaiel Criner, the homeless man who turned 18 a little more than a week ago, made his first court appearance on Friday, July 8.  Criner is charged as the primary suspect in the killing of University of Texas at Austin freshman Haruka Weiser.

Presiding Judge David Wahlberg discussed some routine defense motions for discovery and asked both panels when they thought Criner’s capital murder trial could commence. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office transferred Criner from an isolated holding cell at Travis County Jail in central Austin to the general population of the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. Police arrested Criner a week after Weiser was reported missing on April 3, 2016. Her body was found two days later on campus in Waller Creek near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Criner was recognized by campus-area firefighters from video footage that depicted the suspect.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send condolences to the friends and family of Haruka Weiser as they begin this trying time.

Soldier fatally shoots ex-Marine, wounds wife in Arlington

Twenty-two-year-old Fort Hood, Texas-based soldier Ricci Bradden was charged with murder and aggravated assault on account of fatally shooting 35-year-old former Marine T. J. Antell and wounding his own wife, Quinisha Johnson, with a gunshot, at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 5600 New York Avenue in Arlington in Tarrant County on May 2, 2016.

According to the arrest warrant, Bradden sought out his wife, Johnson, to confront her at her place of work. He then shot his handgun twice after an argument, hitting Johnson once in the ankle. Bradden tried to flee the scene when an armed man, who was identified as Antell, told him to drop his weapon and stay where he was. Bradden was able to knock the gun out of Antell’s hand and shoot him.

He made a court appearance last Thursday, June 30 and asked for a bail reduction of his $515,000 bail.

There are personal and professional consequences of a criminal charge conviction, none of them good, so it’s best to get in touch with our attorneys at [firm-name] in Dallas, Texas by calling our offices today at [phone-number]. Speak with a knowledgeable legal professional who is dedicated to protecting your legal rights and interests as soon as you can.

Texas appeals court lifts gag order in Waco biker shootout case

On Wednesday, June 15, The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals lifted the gag order formerly placed on the biker shootout case that happened in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The May 17, 2015 incident resulted in the death of nine people and caused injury to 18 others.

The gag order was issued in the case of Matthew Clendennen, who was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, by McLennan County State District Judge Matt Johnson. However, defense attorneys and the McLennan County district attorney’s office applied the gag order to most of the cases associated with the shootout. According to Clendennen’s legal counsel, Clint Broden, “The district attorney’s office disingenuously claimed to seek the gag order to preserve ‘the paramount importance [of] the trial rights of Mr. Clendennen’ despite the fact that its motives were very transparent.”

If you have been charged with a crime, such as organized criminal activity or murder, the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be able to offer you legal assistance. Contact us to find out more about our aggressive and committed criminal defense strategy by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

Prosecutors seek to revoke probation of man convicted of manslaughter

Prosecutors in Dallas County are seeking to revoke the probation of 30-year-old Leo Deleon, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2013 after he drove drunk and caused the death of 28-year-old Heather Holt.

A hearing was set last Wednesday, June 8 before Texas District Judge Teresa Hawthorne, the same judge who gave Deleon a probation sentence in the manslaughter case. This time Hawthorne must decide whether Deleon should serve a jail sentence for the fatal accident, which is made worse by Deleon’s leaving the scene of the accident. Prosecutors earlier tried to send Deleon to prison for violating the terms of his probation; in 2014, he tested positive for methamphetamine.

It is your legal right to have a competent criminal defense attorney at your side no matter your crime, as a strong defense strategy can help your case immensely. A fair trial is your right if you have been charged with a criminal offense, whether you are guilty or not. Seek out the legal services of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Rapper arrested after fatal T.I. concert shooting

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the concert of hip-hop artist T.I. at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Police have arrested 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, who goes by stage name Troy Ave, on Thursday, May 26, saying video surveillance showed him firing a weapon as he entered the venue.

An associate of the shooter identified as Ronald McPhatter died during the shooting. He was part of Collins’ entourage. Approximately 1,000 people were inside the concert venue when the shooting occurred. A concertgoer, Maggie Heckstall, was shot in the leg, while another member of the audience was shot in the chest, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Police Commissioner William Bratton attributed the act to “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists, who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they did all their lives.”

Sometimes violent acts occur unexpectedly, placing a huge burden on both victims and perpetrators. The thoughts of the criminal defense attorneys at the [firm-name] are with the families and friends of all individuals involved in this incident.

18-year-old sentenced to 38 years after shooting death of Iraqi man

Eighteen-year-old Nykerion Nealon was sentenced to 38 years in prison last Monday, May 23 for the death of 36-year-old Iraqi national Ahmed Al-Jumaili on March 4, 2015. Al-Jumaili was outside his apartment complex in Dallas, Texas taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother when he was killed.

Al-Jumaili left his country to escape from the violence and to be with his wife. Mohammed Altaae, Al-Jumaili’s father-in-law, said that Al-Jumaili saved money for a year to finance his move to the United States. Russell Wilson, Nealon’s legal counsel, argued that even though Nealon was near the vicinity of the area where Al-Jumaili was shot at the time of the incident, it was another person who pulled the trigger.

Wilson also criticized the sentence and compared it to the sentence given to Ethan Couch, who caused the death of four people in 2013 because of drunk driving. Couch, who had been 16 at the time of the accident and sentencing, received two years in prison after breaking his probation – 180 days for each person killed in the accident.

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Off-duty police officer gave ride to main suspect in UT Austin murder

An off-duty police officer in central Texas reportedly gave the 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner a ride from Georgetown to a hospital in Austin around 10 days before Criner was charged with the murder of a University of Texas at Austin college student.

Criner is currently being held under police custody as the main suspect in the murder of 18-year-old Oregon resident and University of Texas student Haruka Weiser. Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Cory Tchida said the police deputy who helped Criner will not be subject to any violation, noting that “He was trying to be decent and help somebody out.” Criner was under the care of Child Protective Services before being reported as a runaway on March 24, 2016.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas handle criminal defense cases such as domestic abuse, murder and homicide, and drug offenses. We tackle our cases with an aggressive, experienced team to make sure every defendant receives the representation he or she deserves. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal options.

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