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.”

 

UT student’s suspected killer makes first court appearance

Meechaiel Criner, the homeless man who turned 18 a little more than a week ago, made his first court appearance on Friday, July 8.  Criner is charged as the primary suspect in the killing of University of Texas at Austin freshman Haruka Weiser.

Presiding Judge David Wahlberg discussed some routine defense motions for discovery and asked both panels when they thought Criner’s capital murder trial could commence. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office transferred Criner from an isolated holding cell at Travis County Jail in central Austin to the general population of the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. Police arrested Criner a week after Weiser was reported missing on April 3, 2016. Her body was found two days later on campus in Waller Creek near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Criner was recognized by campus-area firefighters from video footage that depicted the suspect.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send condolences to the friends and family of Haruka Weiser as they begin this trying time.

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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Execution of Texas inmate delayed due to incorrect info in trial

The execution of 31-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams, a death row inmate, was successfully delayed after information discussed in the trial was found to be erroneous, the News-Sentinel reported on July 16.

Hours before he was scheduled for lethal injection, his appointment was canceled. According to information released from the Texas Attorney General, statistics about DNA probabilities provided by the FBI were incorrect and may have influenced the jury.

Williams was convicted for killing an elderly woman in 2005 during a robbery at her home in Tyler.

If you have a criminal case in Dallas or other areas in Texas that you need legal help with, do not hesitate to get in touch with the skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who fight diligently on their clients’ behalf for the best possible results from their cases. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to begin building your defense.

Evidence release slow in Waco shootout case due to volume

The legal process in regards to the Waco biker shootout that happened last month has been slow moving due to the sheer amount of evidence and people involved, the Waco Tribune reported on June 20.

Local officials in McLennan County have only released a limited amount of information so far. According to 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, release of pertinent information would only compromise the ongoing investigation into the incident. He said the “investigation carries with it a careful and impartial consideration of all the evidence and all the facts… and that cannot be done overnight”.

If you have been accused of a serious crime in Texas, the Dallas attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests throughout the legal process. Discuss your particular situation and legal options for defense by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

Chapel Hill homicide suspect appeared in court

Forty-six-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made his first court appearance at the Durham County Detention Center on February 11, where he asked for a public defender, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

Hicks is on trial for three counts of first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his neighbors in the Finley Forest apartment condominium complex. The victims were identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha. The latter is a Raleigh resident and was visiting the couple in their home.

Murder, homicide, and manslaughter charges are serious accusations that will affect your life and possibly your future. It is critical to enlist the help of an experienced legal team who will fight tirelessly on your behalf for the reduction or altogether elimination of your charges. Call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to learn more.

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.

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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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.

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