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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Freed Texas sex offender may find himself behind bars again

Sixty-year-old Rodney Steve Haines, a sexual offender currently living in Helotes, Texas, told Montgomery County jurors in the civil hearing that had its closing arguments last Wednesday, July 29 that, “I think having sex with (children) was wrong, not right”.

Haines served a ten-year sentence and was released from prison on April 25, 2015.

Fifty-six-year-old Joseph David Miller, a convicted pedophile who was released from imprisonment on May 28, 2015 and is now a resident of Spring, Texas, is scheduled to have his commitment hearing on Monday, August 31.

Both Haines and Miller had been flagged as “high-risk” pedophiles in the state of Texas but never had the chance to undergo a commitment hearing required by state laws before release, which they are in the process of undergoing now.

Our sex crimes attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand how sensitive sex crime cases are; that is why we give our clients dedicated representation and put our years of experience to work for them as we try to secure the best resolution possible. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

 

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.

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