Texas Criminal Defense Blog

Last minute postponement of Texas execution

Forty-one-year-old convicted killer Robert James Campbell would have been the first executed by lethal injection after a botched execution in Oklahoma, but Campbell lived to see another day after the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted his scheduled execution on grounds that he could be mentally impaired, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 13. Campbell’s attorneys […] Read more

Killeen man allegedly assaults woman, jumps from second floor window

Killeen resident Darius Troy Morrow, 26, is facing state-felony charges of criminal mischief in an amount of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 after jumping from the second floor of an apartment complex and onto the roof of a vehicle.  Morrow was also charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily injury to a family member. According […] Read more

Long delays for crime lab results caused 21 people in Texas to be wrongfully convicted

A report published on Sunday, April 20 in the Austin American-Statesman revealed that long delays at crime labs caused around 21 people in Texas to be imprisoned on drug possession charges even though the substances they had been carrying at the time of their arrests were not illegal. The newspaper found that 14 men and […] Read more

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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more

Sexual assault defendant also faces defamation charges

According to a witness, after being accused of sexual assault by a female friend, Texas Tech student, Ryan Watson has been planning the defamation of his accuser. Watson, who was charged with aggravated sexual assault of an adult, could face up to 99 years of imprisonment, or a life sentence, if he is convicted of […] Read more

Texas man sentenced to probation after accidental shooting

On Monday, February 3 District Court Judge Bobby Flores sentenced Dustin Wesley Cook, 38, to 3 years of probation for the accidental shooting of 2 Edinburg teenagers. The incident happened in December of 2011 when stray bullets from Cook’s target practice hit Nicholas Tijerina and Edson Amaro. The two students were outdoors playing basketball at […] Read more

U.S. Attorney General seeks death penalty for boston bombing suspect

On Thursday, January 30 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will seek the death penalty for the 20-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev plead not guilty to the charges brought against him. The Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 resulted in the death of 3 victims and the injury of […] Read more

Dallas man charged with felony injury to a child

Ralph Resendiz, 19, was charged with 1st degree felony injury on Friday, January 24 after his infant son was taken to the hospital with significant injuries. Upon being treated at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas, physicians found that the infant suffered from a broken rib and multiple breaks in both of his legs. Apparently some […] Read more