Hobbit, Spartacus actor Manu Bennett arrested in San Antonio for assault

Forty-five-year-old actor Manu Bennett was taken into police custody in San Antonio, Texas and was charged with assault after he was accused of getting into a drunken fist fight with a man at a party for the Alamo City Comic Convention in a downtown Grand Hyatt hotel room on Saturday, September 12.

According to the police report made by the San Antonio police, Bennett was asked to leave the party after allegedly having too much to drink and causing a scene.

Bennett was released from prison at around 1 p.m. the following day.

Bennett is most known for his portrayal of Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit trilogy, the Gallic gladiator Crixus in the Starz television series, Spartacus, and a supervillain in the CW television series, Arrow.

Violent crime charges such as assault can negatively impact a person’s career and personal life. If you have had the misfortune of being charged with such an offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas, hire the legal services of our competent and aggressive attorneys at The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

Two former Austin police officers charged for pregnant woman’s killing

Thirty-one-year-old former Austin, Texas police officer VonTrey Clark, primary suspect in the Feb. 4, 2015 murder of his pregnant girlfriend, 29-year-old Samantha Dean, was extradited last Wednesday, September 2 from Indonesia to the United States and was charged with capital murder.

According to police authorities, Clark and 31-year-old fellow former Austin police officer Kevin Watson, were said to have been friends for a long time, planned and orchestrated Dean’s killing.

According to Bastrop County police officials during a press conference last Thursday, September 3, Watson is currently detained in Houston. Online jail documents did not show if Watson has an attorney or not.

After 35 years in prison without a conviction, man gets retrial

A Texas court is finally starting the process for a retrial of Jerry Hartfield, a man who has been in prison for over 35 years, even though the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his conviction in 1980 on a 1976 murder charge.

The murder in question involves the death of 55-year-old Eunice Lowe, a ticketing agent at a Bay City bus station in – a charge that had him initially sentenced for execution. Hartfield returned to court last Monday, August 10 for a retrial and would serve a life sentence if found guilty of killing Lowe, who had been found beaten with a pickax, stabbed with a soda glass bottle, robbed, and raped.

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Freed Texas sex offender may find himself behind bars again

Sixty-year-old Rodney Steve Haines, a sexual offender currently living in Helotes, Texas, told Montgomery County jurors in the civil hearing that had its closing arguments last Wednesday, July 29 that, “I think having sex with (children) was wrong, not right”.

Haines served a ten-year sentence and was released from prison on April 25, 2015.

Fifty-six-year-old Joseph David Miller, a convicted pedophile who was released from imprisonment on May 28, 2015 and is now a resident of Spring, Texas, is scheduled to have his commitment hearing on Monday, August 31.

Both Haines and Miller had been flagged as “high-risk” pedophiles in the state of Texas but never had the chance to undergo a commitment hearing required by state laws before release, which they are in the process of undergoing now.

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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.

If you have been charged with a serious crime like this in the Dallas area, it is critical that you enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 to learn about your options for defense.

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.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that criminal charges can greatly affect your reputation, your career, and even your freedom. If you have been charged, seek the experienced and comprehensive representation of our criminal defense team by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.