Texas Criminal Defense Blog

Harrison County District Attorney Mishandled Child Pornography Evidence in Case, Claims Defense Attorney Mark Lassiter

Dallas criminal defense attorney, Mark T. Lassiter, is representing former Hallsville ISD track coach, Dean McDaniel, in a case involving improper teacher-student relationship accusations. McDaniel was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a 15-year-old student. In planning for the case, Lassiter requested to see all evidence in possession of the prosecution. District Attorney Coke […] Read more

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 […] Read more

East Texas lawyer charged with marijuana possession

East Texas attorney Ken Keith Miller, 59, was taken into police custody on Friday, December 30 and charged with marijuana possession. Jail records showed Miller was booked at the Smith County jail by the Department of Public Safety and was assigned a $500 bond. He was released later in the day after posting said bond. Miller […] Read more

Former mortuary owner acquitted of criminal charges

The Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas acquitted former mortuary owner Dondre Johnson, whose mortuary was discovered to house eight corpses in a deplorable condition, of felony theft charges. The court understood that Johnson acted in an “unconscionable behavior” when it came to his activities at the funeral home when he provided […] Read more

19-year-old woman claims KFC manager raped her when she was 16

A 19-year-old woman, identified only as A.M., filed a complaint in Harris County Court in Texas against fast food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC manager Sean McIntosh, and other KFC managers, on Monday, November 28, and an amended version filed Friday, December 2, said that McIntosh raped her “at hotels, at the KFC store, […] Read more

Expediting Dallas domestic violence cases aims to give victims immediate justice

Maria Escamilla, whose ex-boyfriend raped her and took a knife to her face, breasts, and vagina, did not immediately get the justice she wanted. She had to wait for two years before she was able to face the man who violated her and left her for dead in a Dallas County court. A new procedure […] Read more

Two plead guilty to charges of engaging in organized criminal activity

Thirty-four-year-old Dustin Kyle Garcia and 30-year-old Christopher Lee Chambers both made a guilty plea on Thursday, November 10 to charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony. Chambers will spend 15 years in prison as a plea agreement for testifying against Gracia, who will spend 28 years in prison as part of another […] Read more

Minor error in evidence analysis not a hindrance to proper investigation – medical examiner

The medical examiner’s office in Dallas County, Texas has recently announced that disclosure of an error in evidence analysis that was committed five years ago will not hamper the proper analysis of other criminal cases. A trial for someone who had been caught driving while intoxicated was re-set on Thursday, November 3 after a foreign […] Read more

When domestic violence becomes kidnapping

It is possible for someone facing domestic violence charges to suddenly find that he or she is being accused of kidnapping too. A lot of domestic violence cases start with alcohol on the part of the perpetrator, statistics show. When a person with violent tendencies and an intent to commit domestic violence gets drunk, he […] Read more

School employee accused of online solicitation of a minor

Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Scott Miller, who was a teacher’s aide at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, lost his job on Friday, October 21 after he was arrested for charges of online solicitation of a minor. Miller was one of eight people who were arrested on suspicion of being a child predator by agents with the […] Read more