Texas Criminal Defense Blog

Texas Court of Criminal appeals refuses to lift gag order in biker case

In a court order issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last Wednesday, September 23, the judge refused to lift a gag order in the case of one of the 177 bikers arrested in connection with the shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, in spite of defense lawyers’ […] Read more

Two grand juries to investigate Twin Peaks biker shooting

McLennan County District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna recently said two separate grand juries will conduct investigations into the shooting that occurred between a motorcycle gang and a group of police officers outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015. This event led to the arrest of at least 170 bikers and […] Read more

Citizens protest against settlement in child abuse case

In a letter written to San Angelo community protesters during the “Justice for Annabelle Protest” done at the Tom Green County Courthouse in Texas last Monday, August 31, the victim’s mother, Brittany Lynn Rosser, said, “The officer’s eyes got real big and he tried hard not to look, but he didn’t know what to do…I […] Read more

Suspect in Old East Dallas shooting of child says he wasn’t in the area

Aaron Mitchell, the primary suspect in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy, said that he is being wrongly accused in a jailhouse interview on July 21st. Mitchell claims he wasn’t near the Old East Dallas area that day and that he doesn’t even know of the streets where the crime occurred, near Washington Avenue and […] Read more

Over 170 people still facing charges in Waco biker shooting

Over 170 individuals still have serious criminal charges to their names six weeks after the fatal shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, according to the Wall Street Journal on July 3. Members of rival biker gangs became involved in a fatal shooting on May 17, resulting in a huge amount of arrests. However, some […] Read more

Texas study may contribute to juvenile criminal justice reform

“Closer to Home”, a massive study of 1.3 million Texas youth crime records between 2007 and 2013, found that juvenile offenders were less likely to commit more crimes if they were reformed under community-based supervision rather than incarcerated in state correctional facilities, according to the Dallas Morning News on June 22. The study found that such a path […] Read more

12-time DWI offender appeals 10-year sentence

Carlos Faz, who has repeatedly been arrested for drunken driving charges, is appealing for probation and rehabilitation instead of jail time, according to KENS-TV on June 5. Faz was sentenced in April 2015 to 10 years of imprisonment after he was convicted in Bexar County for his 12th driving while intoxicated charge. In Texas, each DWI offense can result […] Read more

George Zimmerman assailant charged with assault

Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman earlier this week along a busy road in Lake Mary, Florida, has been taken into police custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and firing a missile into an occupied conveyance, according to the San Jose Mercury […] Read more

Decision awaits on whether to try murder suspect as juvenile or adult

The future of a 14-year-old girl, who has been accused of drowning the infant daughter of her mother’s family friend, will depend greatly on whether she is tried as a juvenile or an adult, The Dallas Morning News reported on April 10. Texas District Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon recently heard arguments on whether the teenager, […] Read more

Millionaire Robert Durst indicted on firearm charges in Louisiana

Seventy-one-year-old New York City real estate heir Robert Alan Durst was indicted on April 8 by a grand jury in New Orleans, Louisiana for the possession of firearms by a felon and possession of both a firearm and an illegal drug, which was 5 ounces of marijuana, KTTC reported. Durst’s attorneys said the charges have forced him to stay in […] Read more