Former NFL running back Joseph Randle charged with three felonies

The trial date for 25-year-old former National Football League running back Joseph David Randle, who was charged with making a criminal threat toward a law enforcement officer, interference with an officer, and aggravated battery, has been set. He has made a plea of not guilty on all charges.

The accusation of making a criminal threat toward a law enforcement officer was in relation to an incident in May 2016, when a police deputy from Sedgwick County, Kansas said Randle made threats about killing him while he was in custody.

Randle’s legal counsels argued that he couldn’t carry out his threats via an intercom, but District Judge Joe Kisner found enough evidence to charge Randle with the felony.

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Tim Cole Commission sets up guidelines to reduce wrongful convictions

Timothy Cole was wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a student at Texas Tech University in 1985 and maintained he was innocent until he died in prison in 1999.

The commission created in Cole’s name first came to life during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature and was dismantled on December 1, 2016 after a final report was presented to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Legislature, and the Texas Judicial Council. Cory Session, Cole’s brother, said the commission was instituted to perform specific tasks. Session noted, “The design behind the exoneration review commission is … to have those people on there ahead of time instead of us just showing up at a committee hearing and then somebody shooting it down.”

According to a report from the commission, faulty eyewitness identification was the number one cause of wrongful convictions in Texas since 2010. Furthermore, a survey of 850 law enforcement agencies showed 68.2% of them record interrogations while 38.1% do not. According to the Lubbock Police Department, “Interviews should be video recorded when possible. When video recording is unavailable, interviews should be audio recorded; when audio recording is unavailable, a written statement should be obtained.”

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Cleanliness of Austin jail’s blood draw room questionable

A report from the Austin American-Statesman showed that prosecutors dropped a case against a drunk driving suspect during the first week of December after former phlebotomist Angela Gage reported that the Travis County Jail in Texas is operating under unsanitary conditions and has a dirty facility.

This incident coincides at a time when the Austin Police Department’s forensic laboratory is dealing with serious cases of contamination.

The use of blood in drunk driving cases and the issue that jails’ blood drawing rooms are not reliable is a big deal because most police investigations rely on such evidence when it comes to prosecuting a suspect. Travis County started working with Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services for their medics to conduct the blood collections after ending their contract with their private company called ProTouch.

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Execution of Dallas child murderer stayed

Dallas resident John Battaglia, who was convicted of shooting and killing his two daughters on May 2, 2001, will not face execution on Saturday, December 10. Instead, he received a reprieve, and his execution will happen no earlier than February 2017, as ruled by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday, December 2.

Battaglia’s attorneys argued their client was not mentally competent to face execution. Both the state of Texas and Battaglia’s legal counsel have 60 days to prove their claims until the courts decide whether Battaglia will die by lethal injection or not. Court documents showed that Battaglia shot his daughters eight times in his loft in Deep Ellum shortly after his divorce from his wife, Mary Jean Pearle, who was processing a request to have Battaglia’s probation for assault revoked.

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Johnny Manziel may have domestic violence charges against him dropped

Twenty-three-year-old Johnny Manziel, the Heisman trophy winner from Texas A&M University and former NFL quarterback, appeared at the Dallas County courthouse on Thursday, November 17. Manziel’s lawyers are hopeful that the domestic violence charge lodged against him by an ex-girlfriend could be dismissed.

According to reports, Manziel would have to agree to specific terms that he will have to stringently follow during a six month period. If he is not able to do so, he will be back in court to face the original misdemeanor family violence charge. Criminal defense attorney Pete Schulte, who is not involved in the case, explained why these offers are generally made and given to defendants. Schulte says “either the alleged victim is not on board with actually prosecuting and going to trial or they’ve talked to the alleged victim and they believe that this is the best way to handle the case.”

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2 sentenced to jail terms in East Texas crime ring case

Dustin Kyle Garcia and Christopher Lee Chambers both pleaded guilty on Thursday, November 10 to charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

In a statement released on Monday, November 14, the Hopkins County District Attorney’s Office in Texas said, “In November 2015, Garcia and Chambers stole approximately $80,000 worth of All-Terrain Vehicles from Nortex Tractor in Sulphur Springs. Another co-defendant, whose case is still pending, also participated directly in the theft.”

According to investigations by detectives, to carry out the burglary from Sulphur Springs, Garcia and Chambers hotwired a U-Haul truck in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area and stole three all-terrain vehicles in two trips. A detective with the Fort Worth Police gang intelligence unit said Garcia is a member of the criminal street gang “Tango Blast.” He was formerly convicted of multiple felonies, such as aiding and abetting others in interstate commerce of monies in excess of $5,000; two counts of burglary of a building; engaging in organized crime; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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Greg Hardy charged on a felony count of cocaine possession

Twenty-eight-year-old former National Football League defensive end Gregory McKarl Hardy, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers, was indicted on a single felony count of cocaine possession last Monday, November 7 in a Dallas County, Texas courtroom, following his September arrest.

Court documents showed that Hardy was caught in the possession of an estimated weight of 0.7 grams of cocaine. Under Texas state law, Hardy is facing imprisonment and fines, although Hardy can negotiate a plea deal in order to get off having to go to jail.

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Texas mother shot dead by husband after filing restraining order

39-year-old El Rey Gonzalez killed his estranged wife, 41-year-old Elva Gonzalez, by shooting her on the front lawn of her house in Baytown. The Harris County incident happened last Sunday, October 30, one day after she filed a restraining order against him.

According to preliminary investigations, their two children – who were aged 16 and 21 – called 911 to report an intruder in their house at approximately 6 p.m. that day. The intruder turned out to be El Rey, who was able to convince Elva to come out to the porch and have a conversation with him. She was shot when she stepped out onto the lawn. Police officers were able to shoot and wound El Rey when they arrived at the scene of the crime. El Rey is a registered sex offender who had prior convictions for assault, and gun and drug possession.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend their sincerest thoughts and condolences to the family of the victim in this tragedy.

Former Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide arrested

Jeffrey Scott Miller, 52, was one of eight men taken into custody for charges of online solicitation of a minor in Rockwall by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Miller lost his job as a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide a a result of the incident.

Investigators who posed as children were solicited by all eight men. Miller admitted to communicating in a sexual manner with who he thought was a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter and going to Rockwall to have sex with both of them. According to a statement released by Keller ISD: “Keller ISD is committed to eliminating predators from the ranks of the education profession. As such, the District terminated a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School employee Friday morning [October 21] following an arrest by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for solicitation of a minor on the internet. The offense did not occur at school or involve KISD students, we have no indication that this employee was involved in any prior criminal acts, and a review of the individual’s employment file, references, and background checks reveal no prior concerns.”

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Teen charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault

The Austin Police Department reported that 17-year-old Brandon Trybendis attacked his mother’s boyfriend with a knife on Friday, October 14 at around 9 at night. The incident occurred at their home in the 6300 block of Smith Oak Trail after his mother and her boyfriend got into a fight.

According to court documents, Trybendis’ mother and her boyfriend started arguing after the boyfriend came to their house heavily intoxicated. The boyfriend then began assaulting Trybendis’ mother and his brother, so Trybendis brandished a knife and stabbed the boyfriend in the back multiple times. Trybendis was charged with aggravated assault (family violence), a first-degree felony, and the boyfriend was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

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