Tag Archives: murder

  • Men accused of murder to be tried separately

    A criminal court judge ruled last Wednesday, January 11 that 22-year-old Elizabethton, Tennessee resident Aaron Charles Garland and Greeneville resident Dallas Sarden will be tried separately  in court. The two are accused of murdering 59-year-old Johnson City resident Karen K. Parker.

    Garland and Sarden requested different trials, and state prosecutors chose not to object to this motion. Parker’s body was found inside her apartment in the Westgate Village complex on Nathaniel Drive in August 2015. Garland and Sarden were charged with first-degree murder and robbery. Police said they were able to link the two men to the crime by tracking Parker’s stolen bank cards.

    At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we provide legal services in Dallas and other areas of Texas by handling criminal defense cases that involve theft and robbery, assault and battery offenses, and homicides, among others. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Man kills ex-wife over division of assets

    According to a police affidavit from Decatur, Texas, 63-year-old Roger Stevens told his wife of 42 years, 62-year-old Kay Letson Stevens, that he was killing her because of the way their assets had been divided during their divorce, and then proceeded to shoot her multiple times on Nov. 14, 2015.

    The Stevens’ divorce was finalized a day before Kay Stevens’ death.

    Sergeant George Silvestri said that upon searching Stevens’ car during the third week of November, a gun case, three .22 magnum cartridges, and a top seal to a liquor bottle were found.

    Kay Stevens’ death was allegedly witnessed by Kay’s sister Brenda Suggs, as the two were co-owners of Corner Bakery on Somerville Road Southeast, which was located across Decatur Morgan Hospital, where the killing occurred.

    An investigation into Roger Stevens’ finances revealed that he has nearly $20,000 in retirement accounts; however, he refused to spend the money on and attorney and instead has chosen to represent himself.

  • Jury finds drifter guilty of capital murder

    On Monday, April 2 a jury in Val Verde County, Texas found Tommy Lynn Sells guilty of capital murder for the death of a 13-year-old girl and the serious injuries of a 10-year-old girl.

    According to evidence from the prosecution, 13-year-old Kaylene Harris died after being attacked with a knife. Her body was found with 16 knife wounds from a 12-inch boning knife. Krystal Surles, 10, survived her throat being cut. The two were attacked by Sells in the bedroom of the Harris’s family home west of Del Rio on Dec. 31, 1999.

    If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, the attorneys of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter could offer you valuable assistance. To speak with a member of our legal practice call (214) 845-7007. 

  • Pistorius murder trial continues in Pretoria

    Evidence against Olympic runner, Oscar Pistorius, has developed during the first week of his trial. Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29.

    A neighbor told the Pretoria court that she heard “blood-curdling screams” coming from Pistorius’s house the night that Steenkamp was found dead. Two others corroborated her testimony in the trial.

    Pistorius, who admitted to having shot Steenkamp through his bathroom door with a 9-millimeter pistol, said it was a case of mistaken identity and said he thought he was shooting at a dangerous intruder. The bullets from the gun punctured Steenkamp’s head, arm, and hip area, eventually killing her.

    Criminal convictions are a serious matter. If you have been charged with a crime, you could benefit from the knowledge of a skilled defense attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter advocate for Dallas people in need of legal defense. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our team today.