Texas Criminal Defense Blog

Drunk driving accidents coincide with Texas football games

Over 1,700 alcohol-related cases of vehicular accidents were recorded in 2013 on days when a Texas college or professional football game was happening, KYTX reported on October 10. The link between football games and drunk driving accidents are apparently on a rising trend. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark warns those intending to go to football games over […] Read more

Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

Twenty-eight-year-old Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning, September 28 and charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence in Los Angeles, California, authorities reported last Monday, September 29. According to police records, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) trooper stopped Bynes in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood […] Read more

Sexual assault case brought against Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones 5 years later

Twenty-seven-year-old Oklahoma resident Jane Wackerly filed a civil lawsuit against football team Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones, Sr., claiming that Jones sexually assaulted her in a hotel in Dallas in 2009, Think Progress reported on September 10. According to the criminal complaint filed by the plaintiff, Jones purposefully assaulted her without her consent. The […] Read more

Man gets 10 years for five counts of indecency with a child

Frisco soccer coach Kevin Michael Hilty, 43, pleaded guilty to five charges of indecency with a child on August 18 in the Denton County Court, The Dallas Morning News local section reported. Hilty was arrested in June 2013. He was advised that going to trial to fight the charges would likely result in a far […] Read more

$10,000 reward for wanted Texas fugitive

Thirty-three-year-old Israel Aguirre, who has earlier been arrested for murder, prostitution, theft, and failure to ID, now has the reward money for his capture increased to $10,000. Aguirre had been convicted of a theft charge in 2002 and had been incarcerated at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. He was deported to Mexico after […] Read more

Felony case against Colleyville mother for role in prank dismissed

The case against 43-year-old Colleyville resident Tara Mauney for her role aiding local children in vandalizing a neighbor’s house in 2012 was recently dropped after Mauney apologized to the victim and paid for the damages, WFAA reported on August 7. Mauney was facing felony criminal mischief charges for the July 25, 2012 incident of vandalism to a neighbor’s […] Read more

Capital murder conviction for shooting of policeman and shop owner

A 12-member jury composed of nine men and three women voted the death sentence for Harlem Harold Lewis III, 21, who was charged with killing 53-year-old Bellaire, Texas policeman Corporal Jimmie Norman and 66-year-old shop owner Terry Taylor in 2012, Click2Houston.com reported on August 6. The jury members deliberated for 12 hours on the decision, considering the testimony […] Read more

Judge refuses to re-consider competency of convicted Texas murderer

Fifty-three-year-old convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas, who was imprisoned for killing a couple in Dallas in 1986, has been rejected for another competency trial by a Dallas judge, and his punishment for capital murder resumed, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 14. Thomas received a death sentence in 1987 for murdering Fred and Mildred Finch, an […] Read more

U.S. goalie Hope Solo allegedly assaulted her sister at latter’s house in Seattle

The U.S. women soccer team’s 32-year-old goalie Hope Solo pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge leveled against her following her arrest at her sister’s house in Seattle on June 21, the Associated Press reported. Solo was told by the city prosecutor not to contact her sister and not to drink alcohol for an indefinite amount of […] Read more

Supporters rally for Texas teenager facing life sentence for pot brownies

Nineteen-year-old Round Rock resident Jacob Lavoro is facing a sentence of life imprisonment after police authorities arrested him for possession of a 1.5-pound pan of pot brownies, The Daily Chronic reported on June 20. Lavoro, who turned down a plea agreement to have his first-degree felony reduced to a second-degree felony charge at the Williamson County […] Read more