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Isaiah Christopher Roberts v. The State of Texas Longview capital murder suspect requests private investigator

A Gregg County jury found Isaiah Christopher Roberts guilty of capital murder for the
shooting deaths of Kimberly Rayson and Chanda Martin. Roberts was sentenced to the mandatory
punishment of life imprisonment without parole.1
On appeal, Roberts argues that (1) the jury’s verdict of guilt is not supported by legally
sufficient evidence, (2) the trial court erred in denying ... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - TX)

Timothy Edward Strong v. The State of Texas Sixth Court of Appeals, Texarkana, Texas

The evidence in Timothy Edward Strong’s Dallas County1 jury trial for murder2 told a story
that Strong (a) had drinks with friends at a bar, (b) went with others to an apartment where he took
a “very large hit” of marihuana and possibly other drugs from a bong or water pipe, (c) showed
signs thereafter of being paranoid and “in his own world,” (d) jumped into a stranger’s vehicle in... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - TX)

Edgar Miguel Garcia v. The State of Texas Duncanville PD arrest Edgar Miguel Garcia in fatal stabbing of Spencer Dillon

On September 3, 2015, a Duncanville couple taking an early morning walk discovered
the body of nineteen-year-old Spencer Dillon by the side of the road. Dillon had sustained
seventeen incise or stab wounds to his neck, shoulder, arm, fingers, thigh, and back. The fatal
injury was a gaping wound on the left side of Dillon’s neck. The wound was more than six
inches long and pe... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - TX)

Gayle S. Cummings v. Jennifer Dessel

Defendants Jennifer Dessel and her daughter, Emily Seal, were half-owners of an
investment property; plaintiff Gayle S. Cummings owned the other half. After disputes
arose, Cummings sued seeking partition of the property. Following a bench trial, and
over the objection of Dessel and Seal, the court ordered partition of the property by the
appraisal method—that is, each half-owner c... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - CA)

Myo Naing Swe v. The State of Texas Dallas man gets 25 years for killing teen with hammer after K2 binge

The indictment alleged appellant intentionally and knowingly caused the death of
Anthwan Clinton by striking Clinton with a hammer. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 19.02(b)(1)
(West 2011). The indictment alleged in the alternative that appellant intended to cause serious
bodily injury to Clinton and committed an act clearly dangerous to human life, striking Clinton
with a hammer, ... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - TX)

Patricia Esch v. County of Kent, et al.

Plaintiff Patricia T. Esch (“Plaintiff”), the personal representative
of the Estate of Stephen Stiles, appeals from the judgment entered by the district court on
September 27, 2016, granting summary judgment to Defendants Jim McFadden, R.N., Esther
West, R.N., Minerva Booker, R.N., and David Sova, D.O. (collectively, “Defendants”). Stephen
Stiles (“Stiles”) died of a seizure shortl... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - MI)

Ronald Joseph Mitchell v. Justin Schlabach

Defendant-Appellee Justin Schlabach, an officer of the
Munising Police Department, shot and killed Timothy Mitchell (“Mitchell”) following a lengthy
and dangerous car chase. The crucial facts at the scene of the shooting were recorded on the
officer’s dashboard camera, and our decision in this case turns in large measure on this evidence.
Plaintiff-Appellant Ronald Mitchell filed t... More...
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Nykerion Nealon v. The State of Texas Dallas teen gets 38 years for murdering Iraqi immigrant who was enjoying first snowfall

Nealon and three friends—Quantarius Collins, Darrion “Black” Scott, and Desmond
Onery—were in the parking lot of the Walnut Bend Apartments to “shoot a gun.” An AK-47
was fired multiple times, hitting a pickup truck, the car next to the truck, a nearby fence, and a
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box sitting by a dumpster.1 One of the rounds hit a Walnut Bend resident, Al-Jumaili, in the
chest, an... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Dr. Robert Rand Nevada Federal Courthouses

Reno, NV - Reno Doctor Robert Rand Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter Of Patient And Unlawful Distribution Of Nearly 24,000 Oxycodone Pills

Dr. Robert Rand pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter of a patient and unlawful distribution of oxycodone to another patient, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada. At the time of sentencing, Rand ... More...
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State of New York v. Naeem Davis

New York, NY - Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty For Subway Death

The State of New York charged Naeem Davis, age 34, with murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for his involvement in the death of Ki-Suck Han who was killed when he was run over by the Q Train in 2012 after he was pushed by Davis during a confrontation on the subway platform.

Davis was videoed tellin... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - NY)

State of Florida v. Larry Perry Osceola County Courthouse - Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee, FL - Jury Convicts Father of First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse

The State of Florida charged Larry Perry, age 33, with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of Ayden Perry, age 3 months.

The Defendant testified that he told everybody that he needed help, that he was under stress and he was not used to caring for a child.

The a... More...
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Andrea Lane Whitney v. The State of Texas FIFTH COURT OF APPEALS IN DALLAS

Appellant entered a “no contest” plea to a charge that she left the scene of an accident
involving death. The parties agreed that in assessing her punishment, the trial court would take
into account the separate charge for tampering with physical evidence. See TEX. PENAL CODE
ANN. § 12.45(a) (West 2011) (allowing a defendant, with permission of prosecutor, to admit guilt
of u... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - TX)

Rene Hernandez v. The State of Texas In The Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

On February 19, 2014, a covert, or undercover, member of the Dallas Police
Department’s Crime Reduction Team (the CRT) saw a silver Mercedes leaving the location of an
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illegal game room. The officer was familiar with the Mercedes because the CRT had “arrested
an individual” out of the vehicle the previous week. The officer followed the vehicle to a duplex
on Petain ... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - TX)

State of Washington v. Tyree William Jefferson

Tyree Jefferson appeals his conviction for attempted first degree
murder, first degree assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Jefferson raises ten
issues on appeal, including: (1) the trial court erred in denying his Batson' challenge
after the State used a peremptory challenge to strike the only African American
venireperson, (2) the trial court violated the appearance of ... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - WA)

Richard and Elizabeth Jones, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Sarah Jones v. CSX Transportation, et al.

Savanah, GA - Jury Finds for Plaintiffs On Wrongful Death Negligence Claim Against CSX

Richard and Elizabeth Jones, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Sarah Jones sued CSX Transportation, et al. on negligence theories claiming that the death of their daughter, who was killed when a CSX train, ran into the movie props that had been placed on the CSX track to shoot a scene for a mo... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - GA)

Dennis Mike Cranfill v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

The jury heard evidence that on May 8, 2015, Deputies Anthony Lopez and Brandon
Neal of the Coke County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence occupied by Cranfill to
execute an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Lopez testified that, upon arrival, he stationed himself
near the north entrance to the residence while Neal stationed himself near the south entrance.
Accordi... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - TX)

Larry Donnell Boswell, Jr. v. The State of Texas Gang leader found guilty of capital murder

The jury heard evidence that on the night of July 16, 2012, Ricky Brandon was killed
during an armed robbery at a residence in Killeen. The evidence tended to show that Brandon had
participated in the robbery and that at some point while the robbery was ongoing, Brandon was shot
See Tex. Penal Code § 19.03(a)(2). 1
in the chest by one of his accomplices and was abandoned outside... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - TX)

Robert Lee Green, Jr. v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

Before trial, Green filed a motion in limine requesting that the trial court instruct the
State not to refer to any extraneous offenses or alleged misconduct without first holding a hearing
outside the jury’s presence. The trial court granted the motion. At trial, the State informed the
court that it would call a witness who would testify about an assault that Green allegedly committ... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - TX)

Miguel Medina Pastenes v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas Public lewdness

Pastenes’s application seeking habeas relief came more than 17 years after his
conviction. Despite completing two years of community supervision, Pastenes now contends that
he is suffering the consequences of his plea of guilty and that his liberty is restrained because he is
subject to removal from the United States.
Pastenes’s application states that he is a citizen of Mexico, t... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - TX)

Markeita Raychell Smith v. The State of Texas Texas Second District Court of Appeals

On December 31, 2014, Jeorgina Flores and Rita Dimas, along with
Dimas’s 14-month-old son, were shopping at a Charlotte Russe store inside the
Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas. While there, they encountered Smith blocking an
aisle and talking on her cell phone. They said “excuse me” twice and then went
around her. After they passed her, Smith accused Dimas and Flores of running <... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - TX)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. James B. Bongiorni Washington County Courthouse - Washington, Pennsylvania

Washington, PA - Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty of Murder or Manslaughter

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged James Bongiorni, age 69, with Second-Degree Murder and Manslaughter for killing Brian Wilbert, age 38, during a confrontation on April 27, 2016. Bongiorni's daughter, Darlo, called her father to come to her home when Wilbert showed up at her place intoxicated.

Bo... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - PA)

Marianne Irvin v. Contra Costa County Employees'Retirement Association

Plaintiff Marianne Irvin and her late husband, Richard Irvin (respectively,
Marianne and Richard), obtained a judgment of legal separation a few months before his
death. Notwithstanding the separation, the couple‘s agreement dividing their assets
reflected Richard‘s intent that Marianne would receive the pension benefits available to a
surviving spouse after his death. Defendant Co... More...
   $0 (07-16-2017 - CA)

Eddie M. Herrera v. The State of Texas Houston man sentenced to 25 years in prison for death of prom date in hotel room

Jessica was a 17-year-old high school senior when she invited 18-year-old
Herrera, whom she had known for several years, to her high school prom. Without
telling Jessica’s mother, Herrera’s mother, Melissa Martinez, helped the pair
secure a hotel room, narcotics, and alcohol for prom night, and then Martinez
1 See TEX. PENAL COD... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - TX)

State of Florida v. Lontrelle Durham Palm Beach County Courthouse - Palm Beach, Florida

Delray Beach, FL - Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty In Friend's Death

The State of Florida charged Lontrelle Durham with first-degree felony murder, fleeing and eluding and grand theft auto.

The State claimed that Defendants should be held accountable for the drowning death of DaJuan Peak's at the end of a police chase on November 16, 2016. The Defendant and the Decedent were in ... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - FL)

Frederick Thomas v. Jason Cannon, et al. Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Jury Awards Family $15 Million On Civil Rights Claim

Fred Thomas, Annalesa Thomas and Jo-Hanna Read sued the City if Fife, the City of Laekwood, Brian Markert, Jason Cannon, Michael Wiley, Michael Zaro, Nathan VAnce, Ryan Miceako, and Pierce County Metro SWAT Team on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that the individual defendants used excessive f... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - WA)

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