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State of Tennessee v. Jaquan Gathing and Prince Parker COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

The Defendants, along with two co-defendants who are not parties to this appeal, committed a brutal attack on Mr. Eric Cain, Ms. Myisha White, and Mr. Deangelo Terry (collectively “the victims”) as part of a robbery on March 13, 2014. In the course of the robbery, the perpetrators took the victims’ clothing and personal property and inflicted injuries on the victims with a hatchet and by hitting... More...   $0 (01-22-2018 - TN)

State of Oklahoma v. Stanley Vernon Majors, a/k/a Vernon Majors MoreLaw Suites 406 South Boulder and 624 South Denver 918-582-3993 or Info@morelaw.com

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Stanley Vernon Majors, age 63, with the murder of his neighbor Khalid Jabara, age 37 on April 12,2016. Majors had engaged in a number of acts based on his belief that the victim was Muslim, when, in fact, he was an Orthodox Christian.

Defendant's attorneys are claiming that their client was insane.


Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, ... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. MICHAEL D. SCOTT

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Joshua Hamilton attended his sister
Bridget’s birthday party at Kricket’s Tavern in Huber Heights, along with his other sister,
Brittany, and one of Brittany’s friends. Trial Tr. vol. 3, 1099-1102. The staff that evening
consisted of four persons, one of whom served as a host and took photographs to be
used for promotional purposes. Id. at 10... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. AVELARDO ROSALES

MATHIAS H. HECK, JR., by MICHAEL J. Avelardo Rosales appeals from his conviction and sentence on one count of
felony murder, one count of felonious assault, one count of discharging a firearm into a
habitation, and two firearm specifications.
{¶ 2} Rosales’ appointed appellate counsel has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v.
California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d ... More...
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Juan Jose Arellan-Velazquez v. The State of Texas HOUSTON DRUG ATTORNEY: JUAN JOSE ARELLANO-VELAZQUEZ ACCUSED OF USING HOUSTON AS HUB TO DISTRIBUTE DRUGS TO 5 MAJOR US CITIES

One morning, Officer M. Zamora of the Houston Police Department was
surveilling a Honda parked in front of a house in east Houston. The house was the
residence of Juan Arellano-Velasquez, whom Zamora had been investigating for
suspected drug trafficking. Zamora had received a tip from a confidential informant
that the Honda would soon be leaving town with an undetermined amount... More...
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United States of America v. Stanley Presendieu and Scarlee Valias Jean Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

After their guilty pleas, defendant Stanley Presendieu appeals his convictions and defendant Scarlee Valias Jean appeals her sentence. Having carefully reviewed the record and the parties’ briefs, and with the benefit of oral argument, we (1) affirm Presendieu’s convictions and (2) vacate Jean’s sentence and remand for further proceedings.
I. BACKGROUND
This case involves an illegal check-... More...
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United States of America v. Raymond Gachupin District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Raymond Gachupin, 23, an enrolled member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty on January 19, 2018 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Gachupin will be sentenced within the range of 18 to 78 months in prison foll... More...
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State of Nebraska v. Teon D. Hill Man convicted of killing 34-year-old Omahan

A December 10, 2013, surveillance video shows Dunn making a purchase at a liquor store at 30th and Pinkney Streets in Omaha at approximately 9:54 p.m. The purchase was placed in a white plastic bag. Surveillance video indicates
that Dunn then walked toward 28th Avenue. At approximately 10 p.m., a gunshot detection system notified the Omaha Police Department of six shots fired in the area. Offi... More...
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STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. FILEMON V. New Mexico Supreme Court

This case comes to this Court on interlocutory appeal from the Sixth Judicial
3 District Court. Pursuant to Rule 12-201(A)(1)(a) NMRA, the State appeals the district
4 court’s order to suppress two statements, one elicited at the juvenile probation office
5 and the other at the Silver City Police Department.
6 {5} Filemon was on probation for committing a delinquent act and expecte... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JEROME WILSON Man arrested minutes after attempting to steal $10K in armed bank robbery, police say

The facts of the case are not in dispute. Wilson pled guilty to three counts of unarmed bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a), and the District Court sentenced him to 151 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised released, restitution of $3,122, and a special assessment of $300. The sentence was based in part on two enhancements: one for being a career ... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - PA)

State of Oklahoma v. Joshua Clayton Price MoreLaw Suites 406 South Boulder and 624 South Denver 918-582-3993 or Info@morelaw.com

Tulsa, OK - Defendant Pleads Guilty To Role In Murder and Gets 15-Years

The State of Oklahoma charged Joshua Clayton Price with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 07/17/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
PRICE, JOSHUA
KNAPPER, JAMES EDWARD Disposed: CONVICTION, 02/24/2017. Jury Trial... More...
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STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. GIANCARLO BONILLA, a/k/a ELEX BLANKS, GIANCARIO BONILLA, JAJAINCAR L. BONILLA, JOSE MENDEZ, CARLOS ORTIZ, and JOSE SOLER

After a 2011 jury trial, defendant Giancarlo Bonilla was
convicted of first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, and
second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. The charges arose out
of the fatal attack upon an inmate at Delaney Hall, a private
correctional facility, by defendant and other prisoners attempting
to rob the victim. Defendant was acquitted of murder. ... More...
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KENNETH DARCELL QUINCE vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

In 1980, Quince pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and burglary of
a dwelling and, after waiving his right to a penalty phase jury, was sentenced to
death. We affirmed Quince’s death sentence on direct appeal. Quince v. State,
414 So. 2d 185, 189 (Fla. 1982). Quince filed an initial motion for postconviction
relief, the denial of which was eventually affirmed on ap... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Quantez Person Jury hung in trial of former FedEx employee accused of rape, exposing HIV

Originally charged with aggravated rape and criminal exposure to HIV, the defendant was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of criminal exposure to HIV based upon hisengaging in unprotected sexual acts with the victim in March 2012.

At the defendant’s May 2016 trial, the victim testified that as she walked from her home to the home of a friend, a man driving a Chrysler conver... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Brandon Christopher Scott Third person pleads guilty in shooting of boy

In May 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the Defendant on three counts each of attempted first degree murder, employment of a firearm during the
commission of a dangerous felony (with a previous dangerous felony conviction), and reckless endangerment. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-11-106, -12-101, -13-103, -13-202, 17-1324. The Defendant was charged along with three co-defendants—Ja... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Christopher Jerald Crowley Nashville man charged in death of homeless man

During the early morning hours of October 18, 2012, the victim, Robert Mitchell, was sleeping on a bench across the street from the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville. The victim’s aunt, Linda Cloyd, testified at trial that the victim typically lived with family members, but that in October 2012 the victim was homeless and working at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Mario Hambrick was th... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. SHAWN A. McGONAGLE Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Following a trial in the
District Court, a jury convicted the defendant, Shawn McGonagle,
of assault and battery, G. L. c. 265, § 13A. At the defendant's
sentencing hearing, the Commonwealth requested that the
defendant be sentenced to two and one-half years in a house of
correction, the maximum possible sentence under the statute, to
be served from and after his rel... More...
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State of Ohio v. Brent Houdeshell Hancock County Courthouse - Findlay, Ohio

Findlay, OH - Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son

The State of Ohio charged Brent Houdeshell, age 29, with murder, endangering children and tampering with evidence in connection to the Marcy 31, 2016 death of Breydon Ferrell, age 2.

The child's mother, Alisha Young, police officers and medical experts were called to testify by the State.

Th... More...
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State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
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Brandon Brown v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

Brandon Brown was convicted of murdering Christopher Guilbeau and was sentenced to
fifty years’ imprisonment. On appeal, Brown argues that (1) the trial court erred in failing to grant
his motion to suppress, (2) the evidence is legally insufficient to support the trial court’s finding
of guilt, and (3) the evidence is insufficient to support the assessment of $234.00 in court cost... More...
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United States of America v. Deshon T. Adams Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deshon Adams pleaded guilty to unlawfully
possessing a firearm as a felon and was sentenced
to 87 months in prison—the top of the range recommended
by the Sentencing Guidelines. Adams asks us to remand his
case for resentencing, arguing that the judge impermissibly
considered unreliable evidence linking him to seven unsolved
shootings when weighing the sentencing factorsMore...
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Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... More...
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Christopher Rene Lopez v. The State of Texas Christopher Rene Lopez Registered Sex Offender

Luis Osorio Chavez was the foreman for a landscaping work crew that
included Lopez and Manual Duran. During a typical workday in May 2014, the
three men climbed into a truck around 2:30 p.m. to leave a work site. Chavez
was in the driver’s seat, Lopez was in the passenger’s seat, and Duran sat
between them.
While in the truck, Chavez heard Lopez say something like, “[S]o y... More...
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Demico Stanley v. The State of Texas Stanley sentenced to 75 years for Lewisville murder

In 2015, Richard Myles lived in a small, one-bedroom apartment on the
second floor of a building in the Hampton Bay apartment complex with his
fiancée, Laura, and their 23-month-old son, David.2 While Laura worked two
jobs, Myles cared for David. He also sold marijuana to earn extra money.
Whenever he left the apartment, he carried his marijuana stash with him in a
gree... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. JOSHUA MICHAEL MALL

On October 5, 2015, Mall made the fatal decision to drink alcohol and drive his truck. Unfortunately, Mall included his 6-year-old daughter, Madilyn, in that decision. After drinking nearly half of a bottle of whiskey and smoking some marijuana, Mall put Madilyn into his 2001 Ford Ranger and decided to drive. Mall sped down Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, Kansas, weaving in and out of traffic... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

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