Jury to decide competence of death penalty candidate Kenneth Thomas

The defense attorneys of 53-year-old Texas convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas are scheduled to argue in front of a jury that their client is mentally unstable, thus rendering him incapable of understanding the legal proceedings affecting his future and not eligible to stand trial in a death penalty case, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 7.

Another jury, whose members have already been chosen, will decide whether Thomas is competent enough to be handed the death sentence or should instead be given life imprisonment without parole. Thomas was convicted of killing 66-year-old lawyer Fred Finch and his wife, 64-year-old community college professor Mildred Finch, in their South Dallas home in 1986.

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Texas death row appeal rejected by Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court rejected the appeal of 50-year-old Texas inmate Duane Buck to be removed from death row due to racist testimony used in his trial 17 years ago that may have influenced the jury, NBC DFW reported on May 28.

The ruling was similar to a November 2013 ruling decided by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court. Buck was convicted of capital murder for killing his ex-girlfriend and a man at her apartment in Houston in July 1995. He is scheduled for execution.

Buck’s supporters believe that his actions were a crime of passion, and therefore it is unlikely that he would commit a crime like this again. His attorneys argued that racist testimony unfairly prejudiced the jury against him.

A murder or homicide charge carries with it serious consequences, especially in states like Texas where the death penalty is legal. Call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by dialing (214) 845-7007 to ensure that you have superior criminal legal representation by your side to fight these charges.

Autopsy confirms police officer’s close-range shooting of victim

According to a confidential autopsy report recently obtained by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, Austin policeman Detective Charles Kleinert had his gun muzzle in direct contact with the back of victim Larry Eugene Jackson’s neck. An imprint of the gun remained on Jackon’s skin, providing solid proof of their close proximity.

Kleinert, now retired from the police force, faces manslaughter charges as a result of the altercation. The autopsy report showed gunpowder substance around the bullet entrance. Several injuries to Jackson’s body were also confirmed but have not been conclusively tied to the fatal interaction between Jackson and Kleinert.

A murder or homicide charge in Texas is a serious one with permanent effects on one’s freedom and reputation. Acquire competent legal representation to combat such a criminal charge and ensure that your rights are protected by contacting the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by dialing (214) 845-7007.

Appeals court stopped execution over mental impairment

The three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the execution in Texas of 41-year-old convicted killer, Robert James Campbell, 2 ½ hours before he was set to be strapped in the lethal injection chamber, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 13.

Campbell and his attorneys appealed on the grounds that he is mentally impaired and therefore not eligible for execution. Campbell tested at an intelligence quotient level of 69. The Supreme Court in 2002 ruled that the minimum threshold of IQ level for a criminal to be executed is 70. According to the court, Campbell must be afforded the chance “to develop claims of ineligibility for the death penalty,” and must be given the opportunity to provide evidence for their claims.

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Ex-Dallas cop indicted in last year’s shooting of unarmed civilian

Former Dallas, Texas police officer Amy Wilburn was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, April 24 on charges of aggravated assault for shooting an unarmed man, an incident that was caught on police dash camera, in December 2013.

Wilburn was terminated from her post as a police officer three weeks after the incident took place.

The dash camera video had footage of police officers chasing two carjacking suspects. At the end of the chase, one of the suspects was seen getting out of the vehicle and continuing to run on foot, with one officer following.

Wilburn was then seen going up to the vehicle, and fired upon seeing that a person was inside the car.

The victim, nineteen-year-old Kelvion Walker, spent several days in the hospital as a result of the shooting.

Violent crimes charges can have an extremely negative impact on one’s reputation, be it a personal or professional one, and the consequences of a conviction can be devastating. If you have been charged with aggravated assault or another criminal charge, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for the experienced defense you need by calling (214) 847-7007.

Convicted murderer put to death after Supreme Court rejects lawyers’ demand

Forty-nine-year-old convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells was executed on Thursday, April 3 in Texas after the United States Supreme Court turned down his defense lawyers’ demand that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reveal its source of the lethal injection drug used on prisoners sentenced to death, the very same drug that was used on Sells.

Sells’ lawyers argued that they needed to know and verify that the pentobarbital that will be used for the execution had not yet expired. This contention stemmed from rumors that similar drugs, which came from a compounding facility in Houston, were of substandard quality.

However, prison officials were of the contention that the pharmacy’s identity and whereabouts must remain undisclosed to protect people affiliated with the company from being exposed to violence from other parties.

A criminal conviction, especially one for murder or homicide, can result in a person being saddled with life-altering penalties, from hefty fines to life in prison, or worse. As such, when facing such a serious charge in Dallas, make sure to enlist an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to give yourself the best possible chance at avoiding conviction or the most severe penalties. Call us at (214) 845-7007 to begin working on your defense.

Appeals court reverses decision that halted Tommy Lynn Sells execution

On Wednesday, April 2, the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a ruling made by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore that required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide more details regarding the lethal injection drugs that it uses on death row criminals. This made the temporary injunction on Tommy Lynn Sells impending execution void.

Gilmore’s decision was supposed to halt the execution of convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, but the appellate decision reversed the decision, resulting in Sells being put to death on Thursday, April 3.

Gilmore wanted to know where Texas got its supply of lethal injection drugs from, to which officials responded that the identity of the supplier must remain unknown to protect the company’s well-being from acts of violence and insisted that the sedative pentobarbital that comes from this supplier is indeed potent.

Facing a murder or homicide charge is daunting and can result in devastating penalties. To ensure that you have the best possible defense in the face of such penalties, contact our Dallas-based lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling us at (214) 845-7007.

Pistorius murder trial continues

The trial  for Olympic runner, Oscar Pistorius, is currently underway. Pistorius is pleading not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp one year ago in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentines day.

On Tuesday, March 11 Darren Fresco, an friend of Pistorius, told the court that Pistorius fired a gun in public on two separate occasions, once through a sunroof and once in a restaurant.

Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder for the death of Steenkamp. Pistorius claims that the shooting was the result of mistaken identity, claiming that he thought Steenkamp was a dangerous intruder.

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Jury determine punishment for Austin murder case

A jury is currently deliberating between life in prison or the death penalty for Brandon Daniels. In April of 2012, Daniels shot and killed police officer, Jaime Padron at a North Austin Wal-Mart.

The prosecution and defense parties made their closing arguments on Friday, February 28. In his closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Gary Cobb reminded jurors that Daniels’ crime was premeditated since he brought a loaded gun to the scene of the crime. 

As a rebuttal, defense attorneys said Daniels shouldn’t be given the death penalty because his battle with depression may have lead him to act violently.

Serious criminal charges carry severe consequences. If you are in need of a knowledgeable defense attorney in Dallas, lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have the experience to represent your case. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our skilled team today.

Texas teen avoids jail time after fatal car accident

Ethan Couch, 16, responsible for causing a fatal Texas car accident, was sentenced to ten years of probation on Wednesday, February 5.

The June 2013 accident resulted in the death of four people. Couch was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. In addition to probation, Couch was ordered to get treatment at a rehabilitation facility. 

Couch’s lawyers argued that his privileged upbringing foiled his ability to make responsible decisions.

Serious criminal charges can result in severe consequences. If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Dallas, the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can provide you with skilled legal representation. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our legal team.