Category Archives: Criminal Defense

  • 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 attorney and a school teacher, in their South Dallas house during a burglary.

    In 2010, Thomas was ruled by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to be unfit for trial because he had an IQ of 70. However, a jury declared last week that Thomas was competent to stand trial.

    If you are currently facing criminal charges in Dallas, it is important to enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are dedicated to aggressively defending clients like you. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your situation and how we can help you build a comprehensive defense.

  • 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 time, although she was released without having to pay bail. The Kirkland, Washington police attested to Solo’s intoxication that night when she was accused of assaulting her sister and her sister’s 17-year-old son. They were alerted when a witness called and said a female was hitting people at the house. According to court documents, Solo and her nephew got into a fist fight after she allegedly insulted his acting career and appearance.

    A criminal offense charge can affect your personal and professional relationships and may result in significant fines or jail time. If you face a situation like this in Dallas, seek legal help from our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007 to discuss what we can do for you.

  • 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 Courthouse on June 19, was supported by a rally held outside the courthouse in Georgetown. Police authorities said that aside from hash oil and marijuana buds, Lavoro also possessed baggies filled with marijuana and digital scales.

    Lavoro’s defense attorney, Jack Holmes, filed a petition to suppress evidence in the case because the police entered Lavoro’s apartment illegally and without a search warrant.

    If you are facing drug offenses related to possession, sales, manufacturing or other crimes in Texas, take care to hire the experienced legal services of a criminal defense attorney. Drug charges are heavily prosecuted in Texas, so it is important to ensure that your rights are protected. Call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Man flees country to avoid persecution, faces repercussions 10 years later

    In 1993, 57-year-old Nigerian citizen and Dallas resident Godwin Ojiaku fled the country when he was charged with indecency with a child. Now, over ten years later, he faces federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution, The Dallas Morning News reported on June 1.

    When Ojiaku left a Dallas County criminal court in 2013, his indecency charge had been dismissed due to the accuser’s unwillingness to relive the ten-year-old traumatic experience, and his bail-jumping charge had also been released due to its expiration under the statute of limitations. However, authorities persevered, eventually pinning Ojiaku in federal court under the Fugitive Felon Act with interstate flight to avoid prosecution – a charge which does not have a statute of limitations. He plead guilty to the charge and may serve up to five years in prison. Afterwards, he will likely be deported.

    Ojiaku possesses a criminal history of sexual abuses: he was fired from two jobs for sexual harassment and incurred a charge for reckless injury to a child when he fondled a girl prior to the 2003 incident.

    People charged with sex crimes cannot afford to take their legal representation lightly, for the offense carries with it extreme legal consequences and difficult emotional circumstances. Seek the legal help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by dialing (214) 845-7007 if you face a charge of this nature.

  • 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 made the appeal suggesting the mental impairment of Campbell had not been given the chance to be sufficiently proved. IQ tests done by the state upon Campbell’s earlier incarceration were never released. Mental retardation is considered 70 on the IQ scale, and Campbell tested at 71 and 69 on two different occasions.

    A criminal charge can often place one in a debilitating position, both short and long term. Should you face a criminal charge in Dallas, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance and representation from our aggressive and competent lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007.

  • 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 to a woman on the scene, Morrow bashed her head against the door of her apartment that night and then forced her to leave. Morrow then went inside of another apartment on the second floor of the complex and jumped from the window, landing on a car and damaging the roof, hood, and windshield

    Morrow is currently in custody at the Bell County Jail.

    Our Dallas-area attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have a wide variety of experience handling juvenile crime cases. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to see if one of our accomplished attorneys can provide you with proper legal counsel.

  • 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.


  • 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 first-degree felony.

    According to a computer forensic analyst at the Lubbock Police Department, Watson and his friend exchanged several text messages pertaining to the blackmailing of the woman who accused Watson of sexual assault. The text messages revealed a plan to distribute photos and Skype conversations that Watson had with the woman wherein she showed intimate body parts.

    Being convicted of criminal charges can significantly affect your life. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, defend Dallas people that face serious charges. If you are interested in speaking with a member of our skilled legal team, call (214) 845-7007.

  • 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 the time of the shooting.

    Throughout the trial, Cook maintained that he had not been criminally negligent. The families of both victims have pending civil lawsuits against Cook.

    Facing criminal charges can be extremely stressful. Attorneys from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have successfully defended Dallas people in criminal courts. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to learn how we can help your case.


  • 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 over 260 others. A court date has not yet been set for Tsarnaev.

    In 1984, Massachusetts abolished the death penalty, and attempts to reinstate it have been unsuccessful. However, since Tsarnaev’s trial will occur in federal court, his sentence will be carried out in federal prison if he is charged to the fullest extent. The last federal execution occurred in 2003.

    Serious charges carry severe consequences. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you could benefit from a skilled defense attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter work to defend Dallas people who are charged with serious crimes. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our team