Texas Criminal Defense Archives

Former Dallas Cowboys football special teams player C. J. Spillman found guilty of sexual assault

Thirty-year-old former Dallas Cowboys football special teams player Claude Norman “C. J.” Spillman, Jr. was found guilty of sexual assault by a jury in Tarrant County, Texas in less than two hours on Thursday, June 30. He was sentenced to five years in prison the Friday after the trial. According to Jordan, Spillman invited a woman he […] Read more

Ex-Fort Worth police officer convicted of rape freed after 21 years

Fifty-six-year-old former Fort Worth, Texas police officer Brian Franklin, who was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in March 1994, has been freed after serving 21 years of a life sentence.  The development comes after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in April that his conviction should be thrown out because Franklin’s accuser admitted in 2014 […] Read more

Man lurking outside children’s dance studio arrested on outstanding warrant

The Frisco Police Department reported that they had arrested 28-year-old Calvin Joe Rodgers, Jr. after a 911 alerted authorities that Rodgers was seen suspiciously watching people inside a children’s dance studio on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Rodgers was wanted on an outstanding warrant after having failed to register as a sex offender following his release from an eight-year prison […] 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

Sexual assault case against Cowboys’ owner dismissed

The sexual assault lawsuit against the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones, filed by Jana Weckerly, was dismissed on October 17, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Weckerly also accused an attorney of Jones of destroying evidence she had of the event – a memory card with photographs – and that she was given money […] 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

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, […] 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