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On Saturday, April 27, 2002, Ana Maria Angel and Nelson Portobanco, both
high school students, decided to go for a walk on the beach in Miami Beach after a
dinner date. After walking along the beach for a while, the couple decided to
return to their vehicle. By this time, Lebron and his four codefendants (Cesar

1. We have juri... More...
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STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ New Mexico Supreme Court affirms convictions in murder case

Vialpando was shot nine times while sitting in a vehicle with his spouse and
3 three children and died from the injuries he sustained. The State charged Ramirez
4 with one count of first-degree murder, NMSA 1978, § 30-2-1(A)(1) (1994); one count
5 of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, NMSA 1978, § 30-28-2 (1979), § 30-2
6 1(A)(1); one count of shooting at or from a motor ve... More...
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In the fall of 2014, Mr. Foltz moved into the home of his girlfriend, Amanda Russell, and her two children. On December 22, 2014, Ms. Russell took her two-year-old son, BB, to a pediatrician, Dr. Fall, with concerns that BB had been vomiting, complaining of leg pain, and that he was bruising easily. After an examination and receiving the results of blood work, Dr. Fall concluded that BB’s injur... More...   $0 (12-30-2017 - WY)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Wesson Colas and Keith Williams Suffolk County Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Jury Convicts Two of Murder

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts charged Wesson Colas and Keith Williams first-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for a non-fatal injury to a surviving victim and unlawful possession of a firearm in the 2014 shooting death of Dawnn Jaffiers, age 26. The shooting that resulted in Jaff... More...
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Holt was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder for his role in the death of Kenton Shoffner. The facts of the underlying conviction in this case are fully documented in State v. Holt, 285 Kan. 760, 176 P.3d 239

(2008), and we need not repeat them here. Following his direct appeal, Holt timely filed a pro se K.S.A. 60-1507 motion alleging th... More...
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Adrian Paul Mills v. The State of Texas Twelve years in prison in intoxication manslaughter case

Appellant was driving down Seawall Boulevard in Galveston and reached 80 to 90 miles per hour before driving into oncoming traffic, where he struck the vehicle of complainants Ashley Boyd and his wife, Alice Boyd. Testing revealed appellant’s alcohol level was well above the legal limit. Ashley Boyd was pronounced dead at the scene. Alice Boyd survived but sustained multiple injuries. Appell... More...   $0 (12-29-2017 - TX)

Ramon Alberto Gonzalez Quiroga a/k/a Ramon Alberto Quiroga Gonzalez v. The State of Texas Jury finds Brownsville man guilty of capital murder in 2013 case

In August 2013, Brownsville police responded to a residence on Sandia Street to
find 51-year-old Betancourt’s lifeless body lying flat on the floor of his home, beaten and
bloodied. Police observed that the home was in disarray, appeared ransacked, and
showed what one detective labeled as a “violent crime scene.” In their investigation, police
discovered that one of Betancour... More...
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Rodrigo Eugenio Reyes v. The State of Texas Jury finds man guilty of capital murder for 2015 death of 28-year-old man

Appellant was charged by indictment with capital murder for intentionally causing the death of Ernesto Avitia by shooting Avitia with a firearm “in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of burglary of a habitation[.]” See id. § 19.03. Amy Blanco, appellant’s girlfriend, testified that she travelled to Pharr, Texas from her home in Houston to spend the weekend with appellant... More...   $0 (12-29-2017 - TX)

Raheem Mark Miller v. The State of Texas Miller faces life in prison without parole

Appellant was charged by indictment with capital murder and pleaded “not guilty.” The matter proceeded to a jury trial. The jury was instructed that Appellant could be found “guilty” of capital murder either as the primary actor, an accomplice, or as a conspirator. Ultimately, the jury found Appellant “guilty” as charged. Thereafter, the trial court sentenced Appellant to imprisonment for life... More...   $0 (12-28-2017 - TX)

Desmond Jerel Veal v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony. Appellant pleaded “not guilty,” and the case proceeded to trial. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found Appellant guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon as charged in the indictment, and assessed Appellant’s punishment at eight years of imprisonment. ... More...   $0 (12-28-2017 - TX)

Gustavo Wahlenberg v. The State of Texas Jury convicts Montgomery County man, 73, of murder in self-defense trial

Wahlenberg was charged by indictment for killing Patrick Kelly by shooting
him with a firearm. Wahlenberg pleaded not guilty to the charge and the case was
tried to a jury, where Wahlenberg asserted self-defense and defense of a third party.
Wahlenberg lived with his disabled long-term girlfriend, Brenda1, in a mobile
home on a large rural tract of property in Montgomery Count... More...
   $0 (12-28-2017 - TX)

Michael Taylor Philley v. The State of Texas Man Indicted in Years Old Murder Case

In December 2013, Appellant, a man in his twenties, got into an altercation with
another man in his fifties. The altercation became physical and the older man was
killed. Appellant was subsequently charged by indictment with the offense of murder
pursuant to the provisions of section 19.02(b)(3) of the Texas Penal Code.2 The
indictment alleged Appellant “did then and there, ... More...
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James David Haynes, Jr. v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

James David Haynes, Jr., stands convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child1 and, for
that, has been sentenced to life in prison. On appeal, Haynes claims error in the trial court’s
limitation on inquiries Haynes would have made of the jury venire during voir dire. We affirm the
trial court’s judgment, because, although (1) Haynes preserved this issue for appeal, (2) Haynes’... More...
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Octavious Lamar Rhymes v. The State of Texas Man convicted in Titus County kidnapping, murder case

After their original plan to plant illicit drugs in Ernest Lee Ibarra, Jr.’s, truck was
abandoned, Johnathan Sanford, Jose Ponse, and Octavious Lamar Rhymes quickly devised another
plan: they would kidnap and murder Ibarra instead. Within hours, they kidnapped Ibarra from his
Titus County home and transported him to some isolated woods in Camp County where he was
shot to deat... More...
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Thomas Chanthavong v. The State of Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas

Appellant was indicted for the state jail felony offense of Manufacture or Delivery of
Substance. The indictment also alleged an individual died as a result of injecting, ingesting, and
introducing into her body the controlled substance provided by appellant, thus raising the penalty
range applied to the offense. See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 481.112(a)–(b) (West
2010). ... More...
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Hieu Anthony Tran v. The State of Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas, Texas

About 11:00 a.m. on March 8, 2015, Josie Rios and her husband were in the living room
of their home in Grand Prairie, Texas, when she saw a man walking in the backyard. She told her
husband, Alvin, who saw the shadow of somebody pacing through the curtain of their sliding glass
door. As Alvin went to investigate, they both heard someone kicking the door. Alvin pulled the
curtai... More...
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Mark Alan Norwood v. The State of Texas Mark Norwood found guilty of 2nd murder, sentenced to life

As set out above, Norwood was charged with the capital murder of Baker. The
offense was alleged to have occurred in January 1988, but Norwood was not charged with the
offense until more than two decades later. During the nine-day trial, many witnesses were called to
the stand, and the following summary comes from the testimony presented at trial.
At the time of the offense, Baker... More...
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James Larry Cosby, Jr. v. The State of Texas Larry Cosby Convicted for Murder of Daughter and Her Girlfriend

In the early morning of March 7, 2014, a delivery driver discovered the bodies
of Brittney Cosby, Cosby’s daughter, and Crystal Jackson, Brittney’s girlfriend,
behind a convenience store dumpster on the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County,
Texas. The convenience store is approximately one mile from the ferry that connects
the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island. The victims... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. ELTON WILLIAMS State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

David Mejia, Nelson Mejia, and the decedent1 were repairing an automobile
when Elton Williams approached asking for a cigarette. Mr. Williams then
allegedly brandished a gun and demanded their money. A struggle ensued, and the
decedent was shot and killed. David and Nelson detained Mr. Williams until
police arrived.
Mr. Williams was charged with two counts of armed robbe... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. EARL KEITH HARRIS Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

On December 4, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging Defendant with one count of aggravated second degree
battery, in violation of La. R.S. 14:34.7. Defendant pleaded not guilty at his
arraignment on December 7, 2015. Trial commenced on August 24, 2016, before a
six-person jury. However, the next day during trial, the trial court g... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. RALPH L. WILLIE Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

On October 17, 2013, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant with one count of intentional possession of
pornography involving juveniles where the victim is under 13 years of age in
violation of La. R.S. 14:81.1(5)(a) [sic].1 Defendant was arraigned on December
11, 2013, and pled not guilty.
On July 25, 2014, pursuant to a ... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA v. JEFFERY HAYDIN Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

On January 20, 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of
information charging defendant with the second degree battery of Katie Haydin, in
violation of La. R.S. 14:34.1. Defendant pled not guilty at his arraignment on
January 21, 2015. The matter proceeded to trial before a six-person jury on
June 21, 2016. The following day, the jury returned a verdict of... More...
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Albert Kanno v. Marwit Captial Partners II, LLP

The question posed by this appeal is whether a claim for breach of an oral
agreement was barred by the parol evidence rule. The oral agreement was made in
connection with a transaction by which three companies, of which Albert Kanno was the
majority shareholder, were sold to two Delaware corporations. The transaction was
documented principally by three writings, each of which had a... More...
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T.H., a Minor, etc. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation California Supreme Court Building - Sacamento, California

Under California law, a brand-name drug manufacturer has a duty to warn
of known or reasonably knowable adverse effects arising from an individual’s use
of its drug. (See Stevens v. Parke, Davis & Co. (1973) 9 Cal.3d 51, 65.) In this
case, we examine whether — and if so, under what circumstances — a brandname
drug manufacturer may be sued under a theory of “warning label” liability... More...
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According to the prosecution’s theory, Retterath was reenacting a
murderous plotline from an episode of Breaking Bad1 as he solicited associates
Aaron Sellers and J.R. to exact revenge against C.L., the young man who accused
Retterath of sexual abuse. The accusations of sexual abuse surfaced in January 2015, but the events
dated back more than ten years. As a young teenager,... More...
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