Texas appeals court lifts gag order in Waco biker shootout case

On Wednesday, June 15, The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals lifted the gag order formerly placed on the biker shootout case that happened in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The May 17, 2015 incident resulted in the death of nine people and caused injury to 18 others.

The gag order was issued in the case of Matthew Clendennen, who was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, by McLennan County State District Judge Matt Johnson. However, defense attorneys and the McLennan County district attorney’s office applied the gag order to most of the cases associated with the shootout. According to Clendennen’s legal counsel, Clint Broden, “The district attorney’s office disingenuously claimed to seek the gag order to preserve ‘the paramount importance [of] the trial rights of Mr. Clendennen’ despite the fact that its motives were very transparent.”

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Prosecutors seek to revoke probation of man convicted of manslaughter

Prosecutors in Dallas County are seeking to revoke the probation of 30-year-old Leo Deleon, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2013 after he drove drunk and caused the death of 28-year-old Heather Holt.

A hearing was set last Wednesday, June 8 before Texas District Judge Teresa Hawthorne, the same judge who gave Deleon a probation sentence in the manslaughter case. This time Hawthorne must decide whether Deleon should serve a jail sentence for the fatal accident, which is made worse by Deleon’s leaving the scene of the accident. Prosecutors earlier tried to send Deleon to prison for violating the terms of his probation; in 2014, he tested positive for methamphetamine.

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Rapper arrested after fatal T.I. concert shooting

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the concert of hip-hop artist T.I. at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Police have arrested 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, who goes by stage name Troy Ave, on Thursday, May 26, saying video surveillance showed him firing a weapon as he entered the venue.

An associate of the shooter identified as Ronald McPhatter died during the shooting. He was part of Collins’ entourage. Approximately 1,000 people were inside the concert venue when the shooting occurred. A concertgoer, Maggie Heckstall, was shot in the leg, while another member of the audience was shot in the chest, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Police Commissioner William Bratton attributed the act to “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists, who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they did all their lives.”

Sometimes violent acts occur unexpectedly, placing a huge burden on both victims and perpetrators. The thoughts of the criminal defense attorneys at the [firm-name] are with the families and friends of all individuals involved in this incident.

18-year-old sentenced to 38 years after shooting death of Iraqi man

Eighteen-year-old Nykerion Nealon was sentenced to 38 years in prison last Monday, May 23 for the death of 36-year-old Iraqi national Ahmed Al-Jumaili on March 4, 2015. Al-Jumaili was outside his apartment complex in Dallas, Texas taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother when he was killed.

Al-Jumaili left his country to escape from the violence and to be with his wife. Mohammed Altaae, Al-Jumaili’s father-in-law, said that Al-Jumaili saved money for a year to finance his move to the United States. Russell Wilson, Nealon’s legal counsel, argued that even though Nealon was near the vicinity of the area where Al-Jumaili was shot at the time of the incident, it was another person who pulled the trigger.

Wilson also criticized the sentence and compared it to the sentence given to Ethan Couch, who caused the death of four people in 2013 because of drunk driving. Couch, who had been 16 at the time of the accident and sentencing, received two years in prison after breaking his probation – 180 days for each person killed in the accident.

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Off-duty police officer gave ride to main suspect in UT Austin murder

An off-duty police officer in central Texas reportedly gave the 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner a ride from Georgetown to a hospital in Austin around 10 days before Criner was charged with the murder of a University of Texas at Austin college student.

Criner is currently being held under police custody as the main suspect in the murder of 18-year-old Oregon resident and University of Texas student Haruka Weiser. Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Cory Tchida said the police deputy who helped Criner will not be subject to any violation, noting that “He was trying to be decent and help somebody out.” Criner was under the care of Child Protective Services before being reported as a runaway on March 24, 2016.

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Arlington police officer accused of shooting and killing college football player to possibly face criminal charges

Former Police Officer Brad Miller of the Arlington Police Department in Texas, who was recently fired after shooting and killing 19-year-old college football player Christian Taylor during a suspected robbery at a Texas car dealership, could possibly face criminal charges or civil lawsuits, with authorities stating that the Tarrant County District Attorney could make their case to a grand jury in a few weeks.

The Arlington Police Department is currently under the process of awaiting toxicology reports on Taylor, who was seen in surveillance videos breaking the windshield of a car on the dealership parking lot and then driving the vehicle into the glass showroom.

The shooting itself was not taken by video camera.

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Former Texas death row inmate seeks $2M

A report from The Houston Chronicle stated that former death row inmate Alfred Brown is seeking almost $2 million from the state of Texas after being imprisoned for over twelve years following a wrongful conviction.

Brown was found guilty of capital murder in 2005 in relation to the killing of Houston police officer Charles Clarke during an attempted robbery at a check-cashing store in southeast Houston in 2003. Brown was sentenced to death even though his defense attorneys claimed that he was “borderline mentally handicapped.”

Texas legislators approved the Tim Cole Act in 2011 following the false conviction of Lubbock resident Tim Cole on rape charges. Cole died halfway through his 25-year sentence in 1999, four years before the man who actually committed the rape confessed to the crime and almost ten years before DNA evidence would overturn his wrongful conviction.

The Tim Cole law set the amount of financial compensation the state of Texas could be liable for after a wrongful conviction to as much as $80,000 per year served in prison. Brown’s lawyers are now claiming that, according to this law, Brown is entitled to compensation as he is technically an exoneree.

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Texas appeals court stayed fourteen executions in 2015

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued fourteen stays of execution in 2015, almost twice as many as in any other year. Three new judges served on the appeals court bench last year after being elected in 2014: Bert Richardson, Kevin Yeary, and David Newell.

Of the fourteen stays issued in 2015, two were rescheduled and later carried out, according to data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and yearly reports from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has established a reputation for being hard on criminals, however experts have noted that the stays granted in 2015 likely indicate a shift in state and national attitudes towards the death penalty. On a national scale, the 28 executions carried out in 2015 represent the fewest number in the past 24 years. While it’s true that almost half of those occurred in Texas, the decline is still evident. According to Lee Kovarsky, a law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey who has been involved in Texas death penalty cases, “You’re seeing a national trend show up in state-level decision-making.”

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Widow, stepdaughter accused of March 2007 murder of Texas man

The Clifton Police Department in Texas on Friday, September 18 has charged Texas resident John Wesley Frizzell’s widow, Waco resident Sharon Allman, and stepdaughter, Hillsboro resident Misty Lynn Glenn, of murder in connection to Frizzell’s 2011 killing- four years after he was found shot to death.

According to Clifton Police Chief Trace Hendricks, Allman and Glenn are believed to have conspired to kill Frizzell.

When police responded at the home of the victim to a domestic violence call in March 2007, they found Frizzell with a gunshot wound to the head and Glenn’s younger sister unconscious. They concluded at the time that Frizell’s death had been a suicide.

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Hobbit, Spartacus actor Manu Bennett arrested in San Antonio for assault

Forty-five-year-old actor Manu Bennett was taken into police custody in San Antonio, Texas and was charged with assault after he was accused of getting into a drunken fist fight with a man at a party for the Alamo City Comic Convention in a downtown Grand Hyatt hotel room on Saturday, September 12.

According to the police report made by the San Antonio police, Bennett was asked to leave the party after allegedly having too much to drink and causing a scene.

Bennett was released from prison at around 1 p.m. the following day.

Bennett is most known for his portrayal of Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit trilogy, the Gallic gladiator Crixus in the Starz television series, Spartacus, and a supervillain in the CW television series, Arrow.

Violent crime charges such as assault can negatively impact a person’s career and personal life. If you have had the misfortune of being charged with such an offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas, hire the legal services of our competent and aggressive attorneys at The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

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