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.

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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.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, Texas have successfully defended clients against a wide variety of criminal charges such as driving under the influence, drug offenses, theft and robbery, sex crimes, and murder and homicide. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 for an initial consultation with a member of our legal team.

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.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may provide you with legal help; call us at (214) 845-7007 today.

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.

‘American Sniper’ murder suspect proposed to girlfriend a day before

Jennifer Weed said that 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is suspected of killing 40-year-old U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, asked for her hand in marriage a day before Kyle was shot to death in a shooting range in Erath County, Texas, USA Today reported on February 19.

Kyle has been dubbed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Routh is currently on trial as a suspect in the deaths of both Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

The trial of Routh has received controversial attention, especially since Kyle became famous for his book titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, and the recent movie American Sniper.

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Anna father not guilty over toddler son’s death

Thirty-three-year-old Anna, Texas resident Joshua Cartee, who was charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide over the hot car death of his two-year-old son Jorden in 2013, was declared not guilty on February 5, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Specifically, Cartree was found not guilty of one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide; prosecutors stated that they are planning to go to trial again on the third count.

Jurors in his case deliberated for over six and a half hours before coming to a unanimous verdict of his acquittal. However, they told the judge handling the case that they could not come to an unanimous decision regarding the third count.

In 2013, the Cartree toddler escaped the home in 90-degree weather while his father was sleeping, climbed into their vehicle in the driveway and was found four hours later, unresponsive. Most jurors classified the incident as a “preventable accident.”

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Plastic surgeon charged with murder moves to reduce his $10M bond

A plastic surgeon from Amarillo being help on capital murder by remuneration charges moved to reduce his $10 million bond, according to lubbockonline.com.

Dr. Thomas Dixon’s attorney called the bond “excessive and oppressive.” His mother has testified at his first bond hearing, saying that their family has gone through significant financial hardships due to the cost of the trial and the absence of Dixon’s income.  His lawyer also argued that he is not a flight risk because he surrendered his passport and has strong business and financial ties to the Amarillo community. Dixon said he would agree to GPS tracking.

Dixon is accused of paying his business partner, David Neal Shepard, to murder Dr. Joseph Sonnier, who at that time had been dating Dixon’s ex-girlfriend. The initial trial resulted in a hung jury. Dixon has had no prior criminal history.

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