Increased reward for Texas Most Wanted fugitive

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) increased the reward to $10,000 for tips received on Texas Most Wanted fugitive Rodney Dwayne Wynn during the month of November.

Wynn is wanted for aggravated assault family violence and aggravated kidnapping. He is about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 280 pounds. Wynn also has tattoos on both of his arms and previously worked in commercial printing.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office first issued a warrant for Wynn’s arrest for kidnapping nearly two years ago, on November 21, 2012. Previous convictions include Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Robbery, Marijuana Possession, and Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe that everyone deserves the right to fair legal representation. If you have committed an offense in the Dallas area, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 and we will do our best to give you a fair day at court.

Michael Phelps arrested in Baltimore for speeding, driving drunk

Police authorities took 29-year-old American Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps into custody for driving under the influence, ESPN reported on October 1.

Phelps had been driving a white 2014 Land Rover when he was clocked speeding at 84 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. When the officer pulled him over outside of the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95, it was suspected that the swimmer was under the influence of alcohol. Phelps then failed sobriety tests and was charged with a DUI, speeding, and crossing double-lane lines.

Phelps apologized in a statement released the afternoon of the same day.

A driving under the influence of alcohol charge in Texas is a grave offense. Should you get charged with such a crime, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by calling our offices at (214) 457-1668.

New Justice Department policy will ban profiling

The United States Department of Justice will soon institute a nationwide policy banning federal enforcement agents from conducting investigations or surveillance for no other reason than a particular religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, The Dallas Morning News reported on September 26.

One example of this policy in action is that federal agents would not be allowed to conduct surveillance on an Islamic mosque unless evidence existed that criminal activity was actually going on there. The sources further noted that an exemption will not be included for national security investigations, even with national security officials and administration officials lobbying for the exemption due to terrorism concerns.

Sometimes, people are charged with crimes partly out of discrimination. Our attorneys understand that this occurs, and we can use knowledge like this as part of a defense strategy. Because conviction of criminal charges can affect your personal and professional reputation long-term, it is important to quickly enlist an experienced legal team to fight on your behalf. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today at (214) 845-7007 to learn how we may represent you.

Doctor love affair leads to charges of attempted murder by poison

The trial of 43-year-old breast cancer oncologist Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, who was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly poisoning her ex-lover and colleague Dr. George Blumenschein, began on September 15, the Associated Press reported.

Ethylene glycol, a common additive ingredient in automotive antifreeze, is readily available at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center laboratories in Houston, where the plaintiff and the defendant worked. Gonzalez-Angulo was accused of adding the poisonous substance to coffee that she gave to Blumenschein after he ended their affair out of loyalty to the long-term girlfriend he lived with.

The defense paints the relationship between the two doctors as consensual and said Blumenschein never even suspected Gonzalez-Angulo of poisoning him until months later when it was suggested by his girlfriend.

Aggravated assault is a serious charge and can result in life-changing consequences if you are convicted. If you are facing these charges in Dallas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may aggressively fight on your behalf to win the best possible result from your case. Call our offices at 214-845-7007 today to learn about your legal options.

Denton County jury convicts man of paying for attempted capital murder

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.

Court finds father of children killed in DUI crash not guilty of shooting

A Texas jury found David Barajas not guilty of shooting Jose Banda on Wednesday, August 27, a report from CNN affiliate KHOU showed. Barajas and his two young sons, 12-year-old David and 11-year-old Caleb, were pushing their truck, which had run out of gas, along a road near Houston when they were hit by a drunk driver, identified as Jose Banda. The two young boys were killed. A few moments after the crash, Banda was found shot to death near the accident site.

Barajas’ defense attorney, Sam Cammack, cast reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury members that it may not have been Barajas who shot Banda, for there had been DNA evidence that there was another person in Banda’s car at the time of the accident.

A murder or homicide conviction in Texas can cost a person years of imprisonment or even worse, his life, for the death penalty is active in the state. If you or someone you hold dear has been charged with this crime, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007.

DNA proves man’s innocence after 24 years

Dallas resident Michael Phillips, 57,  has recently been exonerated of a 1990 rape charge that he did not commit, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 25.

Phillips was released from prison in 2002 after a 12 year sentence and is now living in a nursing home due to his sickle cell anemia.

Phillips pled guilty to the charge 24 years ago when the 16-year-old rape victim identified him as her attacker. According to the Dallas County district attorney’s office, Phillips always insisted he did not commit the crime, but he plead guilty because he was warned he could get a harsher sentence from a jury trial.

In 2009, the Conviction Integrity Unity of the Dallas County district attorney’s office reviewed old cases using DNA evidence to verify the convictions made in cases like Phillips’, thus resulting in 34 exonerations.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe that every individual is due a fair trial, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you who have been charged with a criminal offense. To confidentially discuss your case, call our Dallas offices at 214-845-7007 today.

Rape convict in Dallas exonerated due to DNA testing

Dallas County Criminal District Court Judge Gracie Lewis recommended that fifty-seven-year-old Dallas resident Michael Phillips, who served 12 years in prison for a 1990 rape conviction, be exonerated from any crimes on the grounds of recent DNA testing, the Associated Press reported on July 25.

The Conviction Integrity Unity of Dallas County has been going through old cases using DNA testing that was not used before. Through this process, it was discovered that Phillips was innocent.

A criminal conviction in Texas can make life hard for any person – not only will he or she be ostracized by society, employment opportunities may also be limited, and the person may face imprisonment and hefty fines. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Lassiter understand that many cases are prosecuted over-zealously, and we are dedicated to defending Dallas residents against the charges laid against them. Our criminal defense legal team aggressively fights to win the best possible result from our clients’ cases. To discuss your situation, call our offices at 214-845-7007 today.

Convicted murderer found competent for death penalty trial

Fifty-three-year-old convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas was found competent to stand trial for the death penalty by a Dallas County jury on July 9, The Dallas Morning News reported.

According to court records, Thomas has a low intelligence quotient level and is suffering from brain damage and mental illness.

Thomas was found guilty in separate trials in 1987 for the murders of 66-year-old attorney Fred Finch and his 64-year-old wife and math professor Mildred Finch. Thomas repeatedly stabbed Fred 20 times and stabbed Mildred 80 times in the burglary of their South Dallas home in 1986.

Thomas was sentenced to death in these trials but was given a new punishment hearing in 2010 by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals because the jurors in his original case did not consider whether or not he was mentally competent.

If you are facing a criminal charge, it is essential to acquire competent, aggressive, and effective legal counsel to represent you. Contact our experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today by calling 214-845-7007, and learn more.

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.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, you need reliable and competent legal counsel. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are dedicated to representing clients in their criminal court cases. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your situation and how we may help you.

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