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Lavar Monte Thompson vs State of Florida

Bill and Connie Couch lived in Lake Butler. Their property comprised a mobile home, several outbuildings, and a camper trailer Mr. Couch called his “man cave.” The Couches’ daughter,
Chloe, and Mrs. Couch’s son from a previous relationship lived with them on the property. In January 2012, Ronald Griffis knocked on the Couches’ front door, offering to pave their driveway. After some negotiati... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Quartez Gary

At the Defendant’s trial on these charges, the parties presented the following evidence: The victim testified that he was twenty-eight years old and a native of Memphis. He testified that he knew the Defendant and that the Defendant had shot him thirteen times in June 2015. He had known the Defendant for approximately two years, through another mutual friend, and called the Defendant “Sleepy.” ... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Angela Denise Brewer

On December 8, 2013, at approximately 5:54 a.m., Defendant called Tipton County 911 and stated that she thought she had accidentally shot her husband. Deputy Chad McCommon, of the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, was among the officers dispatched to Defendant’s residence. Deputy McCommon testified that Defendant and her children were present at the home when he arrived. Deputy McCommon found the... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Roger Reed

A Shelby County Criminal Court jury convicted the defendant of the November 1, 2014 first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery of the victim, Don Smith.
The evidence adduced at the defendant’s trial established that the victim’s partially-clothed body was discovered in a wooded area in Memphis by a man walking his dog. An autopsy established that the victim suffered a single gunsho... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs

The Defendant’s convictions relate to the September 7, 2014 homicide of Kenneth Koster in a tool shed in Campbell County. The Defendant and Brad Phillips fatally shot the victim and fled to Sevier County, where Mr. Phillips was killed by police officers, and the Defendant was arrested for public intoxication. The Defendant was later indicted for one count of first degree premeditated murder and ... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - TN)

State of Ohio v. Donald M. Nelson

Donald M. Nelson is appealing from his conviction on a charge of having a weapon under disability in violation of R.C. 2923.13 with an accompanying firearm specification. A jury had acquitted him of charges of murder, felonious assault, and improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation. The charge of having a weapon under disability had been submitted to the trial court judge as the t... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. KELVON MADDOX

In June 2017, the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Maddox on six counts in Cuyahoga C.P. No. CR-17-618705: two counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault. All counts carried one- and three-year firearm specifications. The police report leading to this indictment indicates that on January 18, 2017, at around 12:45 a.m., Maddox was at a gas station on Kinsman Road in Cl... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. SHERMAN ANDERSON

In 1996, defendant-appellant Sherman Anderson shot his girlfriend in the head and left her in a “persistent vegetative state.” He pleaded guilty to attempted murder. The victim died in 1998 as a result of her injuries. Nineteen years later, the state charged Anderson with murder. Citing State v. Carpenter, 68 Ohio St.3d 59, 60, 623 N.E.2d 66 (1993), Anderson filed a motion to dismiss the i... More...   $0 (08-05-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. FRANK L. HERRINGTON

On November 9, 2016, Herrington was named in a four-count indictment charging
him with two counts of rape, and one count each of complicity to commit rape and kidnapping.
The case was tried to the bench and the following evidence was presented.
{¶3} In the late evening of November 15, 1996, the victim, who was nine-months
pregnant, left her sister’s house after a cookout and... More...
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John King v. Lorie Davis, Director Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

John Troy King pleaded guilty to killing Djuan Jefferson with a knife. The Texas court found him guilty of murder with a deadly weapon and sentenced him to 45 years in prison. King then sought post-conviction relief in state court, arguing that his trial counsel’s performance was constitutionally deficient. After the Texas courts denied King’s claims of ineffective assistance, he sought a writ of ... More...   $0 (08-04-2018 - TX)

STATE OF OHIO vs. CARDELL D. HOUSTON

In 2016 Houston was charged in CR-16-611762 with aggravated murder, two counts
of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons while under
disability. The case proceeded to a bench trial where the following facts were adduced.
{¶3} On November 20, 2015, William Barnes, Jr. was shot and killed in his car on West
104 Street near Western Avenue in Cle... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. ROBERT MCNAMARA

} On April 3, 2009, a Pickaway County Grand Jury returned an indictment that charged appellant with one count of nonsupport of dependents in violation of R.C. 2919.21(B), a fifth-degree felony. After appellant entered a guilty plea, the trial court: (1) sentenced appellant to serve twelve months of incarceration, to be served consecutively to Case Numbers 2009-CR-071, 2009-CR-103, and 2009-CR-... More...   $0 (08-04-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JERRY V. RAMEY, JR.

This case arises from the March 21, 2016, death of Earl Davis, Jr. Davis
was in his home located on Strand Avenue in Dayton when he was strangled to death by
Ramey. Ramey was indicted on one count of murder (proximate cause aggravated
burglary) in violation of R.C. 2903.02(B), one count of murder (proximate cause felonious
assault) in violation of R.C. 2903.02(B), one count o... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. RICKY C. BRAMMER

Defendant-appellant Ricky C. Brammer appeals his conviction and sentence
for two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), both
felonies of the third degree, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, in violation
of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), a felony of the first degree. Brammer filed a timely notice of
appeal with this Court on October 2... More...
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Jeffrey Fairbanks v. State of Indiana

Yolanda Rivera and Fairbanks were the parents of Janna, who was born in February 2015. Yolanda, Fairbanks, Janna, and Yolanda’s two other daughters—thirteen-year-old A.G. and eleven-year-old E.M.—lived at Maison Gardens, an apartment complex at 42nd Street and Post Road in Indianapolis. In May 2015, they moved to a nearby house on Candy Apple Boulevard. Yolanda, Fairbanks, and Janna slept... More...   $0 (08-04-2018 - IN)

State of Iowa v. Abel Quijas, Jr.

This case presents questions related to whether and when an offender is
entitled to the assistance of counsel and a hearing to challenge a restitution order
for the reimbursement of room and board expenses related to the pretrial detention
of the offender.
Abel Quijas, Jr., was convicted of attempted murder, in violation of Iowa
Code section 707.11 (2013). On July 11, 2... More...
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State of Iowa v. Desmond D. Reeves

Brian Filloon lived in a nine by seven foot attachment to a trailer home in
Maquoketa. Filloon’s “self-adopted” family—Billy and Stacy Schick and their son,
Dylan Schick—lived in the trailer. Filloon’s room had a door to the outside and an
opening into the trailer. Filloon owned a television and X-Box gaming system, and
few other material possessions. He had two BB guns und... More...
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STATE OF MISSOURI v. VICTOR D. VICKERS, JR.

The determination of whether there has been a violation of speedy trial rights involves a balancing process. In determining whether the right to speedy trial has been violated, the Court is to consider and balance all of the circumstances and to weigh four factors: Length of delay, the reason for the delay, the defendant’s assertion of his right, and prejudice to the defendant.

2. Di... More...
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Elias Ramon Morin v. The State of Texas

A defendant is entitled to a jury instruction on self-defense if the issue of selfdefense is raised by the evidence, whether that evidence is strong or weak, unimpeached or contradicted, and regardless of what the trial court may think about the credibility of the defense. Gamino v. State, 537 S.W.3d 507, 510 (Tex. Crim. App. 2017) (quotation and alteration omitted). A trial court errs by denying ... More...   $0 (08-03-2018 - TX)

Dylan Andrew Quick v. The State of Texas

Appellant was a student at Lone Star College. On the date of the offenses, appellant’s mother dropped him off at the campus before his scheduled class. Appellant brought with him an Exacto knife1 and other sharp implements. Instead of attending his scheduled class, appellant walked around campus. According to appellant’s counsel, appellant walked to try to quell his compulsive thoughts about h... More...   $0 (08-03-2018 - TX)

Stacy Marie Parsons v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder. Before trial, three experts evaluated Appellant and opined that she is intellectually disabled.1 The State eventually waived the death penalty and abandoned the attempted capital murder charges. Appellant pleaded “not guilty” to capital murder and the matter proceeded to a jury trial. At tri... More...   $0 (08-03-2018 - TX)

Steven Scott Apilado v. The State of Texas

On the evening of November 28, 2015, Appellant’s 79-year old father, Vincent Apilado
was shot in his home and died from a gunshot wound to the head. On the evening of Victor’s
death, his wife, Elsa, was watching television in her bedroom while Victor and Appellant watched
television in the living room. After Vincent decided to go to sleep, Appellant informed his
mother, and s... More...
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Luis Castruita v. The State of Texas

This case arises from an early morning shooting that took the life of Efren Gonzalez. On
March 22, 2014, Efren and two of his friends, Matthew Scarbrough and Ernesto Sapien, were at a
bar celebrating another friend’s birthday. They left the bar when it closed, and proceeded to walk
home. As they crossed a street, they saw an on-coming silver mini-van. By Matthew’s account,
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Ex Parte Miguel Martinez MoreLaw Suites - Legal Suites and Virtual Offices The Best Places In Downtown Tulsa To Practice Law 406 South Boulder and 625 South Denver - 582-3993

This is an appeal from the habeas court’s order denying appellant Miguel Martinez’s
application for writ of habeas corpus. On appeal, Martinez contends the habeas court erred in
denying his application because double jeopardy bars any attempt by the State to retry him for
murder following the trial court’s grant of a mistrial. ... More...
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Kerry Gittens v. The State of Texas

On November 15, 2014, at approximately 8:30 p.m., David O’Neal, his brother Antwan
Jones, their cousin Denzel Ross, and Antwan’s three-year-old daughter were at their aunt’s house,
Lula McFadden. Lula’s son, Odell McFadden was also at the house. Antwan, Denzel, Odell, Lula,
and Antwan’s daughter were in the living room watching television and freestyling, or rapping,
when the... More...
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