Ethan Couch’s attorneys say his case should be in civil court

Ethan Couch, the teenager from North Texas whose legal counsel argued he suffered from “affluenza” following his intoxication manslaughter charge in December 2013, was back in Tarrant County Court last Tuesday, September 27. This time, he attended a hearing to address the defense’s motion that the case against Couch should be in civil, not criminal, court.

In 2015, Couch and his mother fled to Mexico after a Twitter post showed Couch violating his parole by playing beer pong at a party. Couch was extradited back to North Texas on January 28, 2016.

Earlier this year, attorneys for Couch filed a motion that seeks to have Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Wayne Salvant recuse himself. Salvant, who was the judge who heard Couch’s juvenile probation case after he was extradited back to Texas and ordered Couch to serve four consecutive 180-day jail terms, declined the motion and deferred the decision to a higher court. Judge David Evans was the judge tasked with hearing arguments both from the prosecution and the defense. Prosecution said the recusal motion is untimely and Couch’s case does not belong in civil court.

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Man charged with sexual communication with a minor and child pornography

Twenty-three-year-old Austin Pelletier was arrested by Special Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in Payne County on charges of child pornography on Thursday, September 22. The charges come after Pelletier responded to a Craigslist ad made by an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children task force officer, who posed as a 14-year-old girl.

Pelletier talked in a sexually explicit manner with the undercover officer, which culminated in Pelletier sending a picture of his penis. The task force then accessed Pelletier’s computer and found child pornography on the device. Other charges Pellettier is facing include engaging in sexual communication with a minor by use of technology, and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

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Man sentenced to nine years in prison for assault on gay couple

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was convicted of assault charges in relation to his assault of Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams with a wooden chair on May 5, 2015. The incident occurred at Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York. El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, September 15 for the offense.

While the media initially portrayed the incident as a hate crime because El-Amin could be heard saying the word “faggot” to the victims. it was later revealed that El-Amin is also gay. Smashing the victims over the head with a wooden chair was retaliation for an earlier altercation initiated by the victims.

According to court documents, the altercation was divided into three parts. First, the force that El-Amin initially employed could be considered self-defense, since Snipes started the altercation. Parts two and three, however, El-Amin continued his assault on Snipes and York-Adams, even as they made their surrender.

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Ezekiel Elliott won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

The Columbus Ohio City Attorney’s Office decided not to charge 21-year-old Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred in July. In question is the incident involving Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who authorities say provided “conflicting and inconsistent information”.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Tuesday, September 6 that the disciplinary board is still reviewing Elliott’s case since the league can punish a player even if he is not formally charged with a crime. In a statement, Elliott’s mother, Stacy Elliott said: “I’m very relieved. I want to thank Ezekiel’s legal team for its diligence.”

Thompson filed two police reports on July 22, 2016 that said Elliott abused her while they sat in a parked car. However, four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car with Elliott and Thompson at the time of the alleged abuse, said no abuse took place.

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Chris Brown arrested by LAPD for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman

27-year-old R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown was arrested by members of the Los Angeles Police Department last Tuesday, August 30 after a daylong standoff at Brown’s residence. Police booked Brown after a woman alleged that he pointed a gun at her.

LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said they responded to a woman who requested police assistance at around 3:11 a.m. at Brown’s house. The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team stood outside Brown’s house waiting as the LAPD obtained a search warrant. During that time, Brown posted on Twitter: If only the “SWAT TEAM” showed up at crime scenes when innocent lives get taken, like they show up at people house over dumb phone calls.

Brown also posted videos on Instagram that contained his lashes at the police: “When you get the warrant, whatever you need, you gonna walk right up in here, and you gonna see nothing, you idiots. I’m tired of (expletive) dealing with you all. Y’all the worst gang in the world, the police.”

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Five Alabama residents murdered with an ax and gun

Derrick Dearman, a 27 year old from Mississippi, was charged with six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping on August 23rd. Dearman broke into an Alabama home before sunrise on Saturday morning, carrying an ax. The family living inside was housing Dearman’s estranged ex-girlfriend. He killed a total of five people, using the ax he brought with him and guns he found inside. He later confessed to the murders, professing his love for his ex-girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and revealing that he was on methamphetamine at the time of the slayings.

After the massacre, he kidnapped his estranged ex-girlfriend and a child of two of the victims. He claims he did not kill them because the drugs had worn off and he “realized what was really going on”. He was charged with six counts of murder rather than five to account for the unborn child of one of his victims, who was pregnant.


Charlie Passarelli, Jr., who said he provided a house for Lester and Dearman earlier this year, said Dearman was frequently high on methamphetamine and physically abused Lester.

Dearman says he does not recall most of the events from the incident, but feels he deserves to die.

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.

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Teen son fatally shoots his parents

Former linebacker Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot in the 5300 block of Palmetto in Houston, Texas on Friday, July 29. Both of the victims were 42.

Armstrong, a Kashmere High School graduate who became an All-American player at Texas A&M University had a family of five that included his wife and three children – a 20-year-old, 16-year-old, and 12-year-old. The Armstrong’s operated a small chain of local fitness centers together and Antonio was an assistant pastor at a Gulfton-area congregation. It was one of Antonio and Dawn’s sons who allegedly opened fire on them in their townhouse, killing the mother instantly and hospitalizing the father at Memorial Hermann, where he later died as the result of his injuries.

Vaun Lee, a friend of the victims, said Antonio and Dawn were good parents who got along well with their children. According to Lee, “They are the family that everyone wanted to be like.”


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.