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Texas Circumstantial Evidence Law
 

United States of America v. Samuel Velasco Gurrola

El Paso, TX - 41-year-old Samuel Velasco Gurrola pleaded guilty to his role in the Velasco Criminal Enterprise (VCE) announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez.

On Friday, November 18, 2016, appearing before Unit... More...
   $0 (11-22-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Tom Emasealu and Krystal Prophet

Houston, TX - Houston Couple Pleads Guilty in the Midst of Stolen Identity Tax Fraud Trial

A 31-year-old legal permanent resident from Nigeria and his 30-year-old Houston girlfriend entered guilty pleas in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme after four days of trial and hearing the testimony of 21 witnesses.

Tom Emasealu pleaded guilty to all charges contained in the indictment - ... More...
   $0 (12-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes

Fort Worth, TX - Defendant Sentenced to Two Life Sentences for Role in May 2013 Murder of Southlake, Texas, Man

Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes, 60, one of the Mexican citizens convicted for his role in the May 2013 murder of Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa in Southlake, Texas, was sentenced to two life terms plus 240 years.

Cepeda Cortes was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Me... More...
   $0 (12-04-2016 - TX)

Larry Louis Brim v. The State of Texas

In July 2014, K.K. (Kelly),2 the seventeen-year-old victim, made an outcry
that her stepfather, Brim, had sexually assaulted her over the course of many
years. During the investigation of the offense, Kelly stated that Brim had
penetrated her sexual organ with his fingers when she was eight years old. Kelly
said that as she got older and had boyfriends, Brim touched her vagin... More...
   $0 (11-29-2016 - TX)

Derrick Lamont White v. The State of Texas

On June 6, 2015, Emmanuel Delgadillo and his girlfriend drove to his
uncle’s house in south Fort Worth to attend a high school graduation celebration.
When he arrived, Delgadillo parked his pickup in front of Appellant’s house,
which was located directly across the street from Delgadillo’s uncle’s house. As
Delgadillo exited his pickup, Appellant, who was sitting on the front... More...
   $0 (11-29-2016 - TX)

Michael Nnamani v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in August 2013.
See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 49.04 (West Supp. 2016). Prior to trial, Appellant
moved to suppress all tangible evidence and written or oral statements obtained
in connection with his detention and arrest on the grounds that police did not
have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to conduct the initial... More...
   $0 (11-29-2016 - TX)

Jose Luis Rojas v. The State of Texas

In Count One of the indictment, the State alleged that Appellant, through
September 10, 2013, intentionally or knowingly, during a period of time that was
thirty days or more in duration, committed two or more acts of sexual abuse. The
State identified the alleged acts of sexual abuse as (1) aggravated sexual assault
of a child under fourteen (a) by causing the female sexual o... More...
   $0 (11-29-2016 - TX)

Luis Miguel Hernandez v. The State of Texas

Quionecia Barber was visiting Devin Toler, the complainant, and their
nineteen-month-old daughter in an upstairs apartment at the Wildwood Branch
apartment complex. Toler was engaged in a sexual relationship with Mary, his
boss at the Subway Shop where he worked. Mary lived downstairs with her
husband, Appellant, and their children. Mary and Toler’s relationship had
bec... More...
   $0 (11-28-2016 - TX)

Marshall Darnell Joshua v. The State of Texas

During the charge conference, the following exchange took place with
appellant’s attorney, who argued that the verdict form was inconsistent with the
presumption of innocence that the Jury was required to apply:
[DEFENSE COUNSEL]: -- as you know, this has always been my argument. On the verdict page, the State always chooses to put: We, the jury, find the defendant guilty of the off... More...
   $0 (11-28-2016 - TX)

Bruce Edward Gorden v. The State of Texas

Roy Nelams, the complainant, testified that at about 8:30 p.m. on May 30,
2015, he attended a party at a friend’s house with twelve or thirteen other guests,
including appellant. The complainant had known appellant by his first name for
about eight years because they were from the same neighborhood.
At about 11:30 p.m., appellant asked the complainant, who was sitting at a More...
   $0 (11-28-2016 - TX)

Marco Antonio Martinez v. The State of Texas

Appellant is in the newspaper business and runs LaNeta Newspaper in
Houston, Texas. The complainant, Luis Fernando Castro, is the supervisor of a
newspaper distribution company. On June 5, 2015, appellant and Castro got into
an argument at a Super K convenience store over whose newspapers would be
displayed in the rack. Appellant hit Castro in the face with a newspaper. Cast... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - TX)

Juan J. Martinez v. The State of Texas

Sex Offender

A grand jury indicted Martinez for one count of aggravated sexual assault of
a child and two counts of indecency with a child. See TEX. PENAL CODE
§§ 21.11(a)(1), (c)(1), 22.021(a)(1)(B)(i), (2)(B). All three counts concerned the
same child, his 13-year-old daughter. The indictment included an enhancement
paragraph alleging that Martinez had previously been convicted of a fe... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - TX)

Corrion Mykel Chatmon v. The State of Texas

In May 2014, Deputy Hebert, an employee of the County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Control Division, was traveling north on Homestead Road. Hebert spotted a
vehicle with no front license plate and dark tinted windshield and front side
windows. He executed a traffic stop. Hebert asked Chatmon, the driver, for his
driver’s license and proof of insurance. Chatmon gave Hebert his driv... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - TX)

Robert James Martin III v. The State of Texas

Appellant pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and one count
of evading arrest and agreed to have his punishment determined by the trial court.
At the punishment hearing, the State presented evidence regarding appellant’s
offenses. The State established that appellant and other suspects were involved in
the robbery of an Exxon Handy Stop in Pearland, Texas, on Aug... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - TX)

Anthony Michael Longoria v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Longoria of committing aggravated robbery at the home of
complainant Branislav Kupresakovic in Katy, Texas. See TEX. PENAL CODE
§ 29.03. Kupresakovic testified that late one evening someone knocked on the door
of his home. He looked through the peephole in his front door and saw a young
man he believed could have been a friend of his son. Kupresakovic opened th... More...
   $0 (11-27-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Gary Wayne Blanton

Tyler, TX - Irving, Texas Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition

A 49-year-old Irving resident has been sentenced to fifty-seven months in prison.

Gary Wayne Blanton (Blanton) pleaded guilty on April 26, 2016 to a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment.

According to the evidence presented at t... More...
   $0 (11-24-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Gregory Steven Hunt, a/k/a “K.C.”

Dallas, TX - Kidnapper Who Planned to Sell Victim into Sex Slavery is Sentenced to 204 Months in Federal Prison

Gregory Steven Hunt, a/k/a “K.C.,” of Dallas, was to 204 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2015 to one count of kidnapping.

Hunt, 44, and his co-defendant, Steric Paul Mitchell, 46, planned to kidnap a female victim and sell her into sex slave... More...
   $0 (11-24-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Robert Warren Scully

San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Estimated $5.3 Million Tax And Wire Fraud Scheme

A federal judge sentenced a former owner of San Antonio-based Gourmet Express, LLC, a skillet meals manufacturing and distributing business, to 15 years in federal prison for his role in an estimated $5.3 million tax and wire fraud scheme.

In addition to the prison ... More...
   $0 (11-18-2016 - TX)

Misyoshi Timms v. The State of Texas

Neal O’Neal and Misyoshi Timms have been married for 13 years. One
afternoon, Officer Adam Soto was called to a disturbance in progress at the couple’s
home. Officer Soto testified that when he arrived at the home he heard continuous
“irate” screaming from Timms. When Officer Soto entered the house, he saw Timms
at one end of the kitchen holding a knife, yelling at O’Neal, who ... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Philip Joshua Smith v. The State of Texas

In April 2015, Smith pleaded guilty to felony continuous assault of a family
member causing bodily injury. The trial court deferred adjudication of his guilt and
placed him on community supervision for four years. The terms of his community
supervision included abstaining from the use or possession of drugs without a
doctor’s order and not committing any criminal acts.
One... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

John Daniel Brooks v. The State of Texas

Brooks was convicted of attempted capital murder in 1981, and this Court
affirmed on direct appeal. Brooks v. State, No. 01-81-0891-CR (Tex. App.—
Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 14, 1983) (not designated for publication). Brooks
subsequently requested post-conviction DNA testing, alleging it would show that
neither his nor the complainant’s blood was on the knife used to secure the ... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Fredrick Dale Blevins v. Pepper-Lawson Construction, L.P., Winco Masonry, L.P., and Alejandro Sanchez

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In October 2012, Blevins was driving on Kingsland Boulevard near Katy
Taylor High School around 7:00 p.m. The high school was being renovated, and
Winco, a subcontractor of Pepper-Lawson Construction, L.P., the general contractor
managing the project, was conducting some masonry work. While attempting to
pass a car on Kingsland Boulevard, Blevins hit a construction vehicle, a... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Tony Gonzales v. The State of Texas

Several years ago, Leiva moved in with Gonzales and Gonzales’s common
law wife. The men became close friends and often drank and socialized together.
One night they bought some beer and drove to the parking lot of a neighborhood
bar to drink in Leiva’s car.
The bar’s surveillance video was admitted into evidence. It shows that, about
one hour after Leiva parked his car in t... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Jordan Quentin Wilson v. The State of Texas

Wilson and Young had been members of the same street gang and the same
rap music “clique,” which Young ran. Wilson left Young’s clique and began
making rap videos under another “clique” name. According to a mutual friend,
after Wilson left Young’s group, the two had an argument through social media—
specifically Twitter—over whose rap was better. During this argument, Wilson and... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Jose Martir Hernandez v. The State of Texas

Early in the morning of December 8, 2014, appellant caught his adult
daughter sneaking back into the house through a window and a loud argument
between the two ensued, waking the household. When appellant’s wife tried to
calm appellant and her daughter, appellant pushed his wife, causing her pain and
leaving a red mark on her skin. When his wife tried to flee into the bedroom... More...
   $0 (11-16-2016 - TX)

Victor Lenard Hammonds v. The State of Texas

Hammonds pleaded guilty to intoxication assault and pleaded true to using a
deadly weapon during the assault. The trial court ordered a PSI report before
conducting a punishment hearing. At the hearing, the trial court inquired whether
Hammonds had objections or corrections to the PSI report. Hammonds responded
by noting an ambiguity regarding his prior criminal record and t... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Abner L. Washington v. The State of Texas

On May 29, 2014, appellant was arrested and charged with the state jail felony
offense of possession of a controlled substance, namely, cocaine weighing less than
one gram.1 The next day, the trial court appointed an attorney to represent appellant.
Pursuant to his plea, appellant signed a “Waiver of Constitutional Rights,
Agreement to Stipulate, and Judicial Confession” which... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Gregory James Shelton v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged with the murder of Edward Rivera. The trial court
appointed Cary Faden as Appellant’s trial counsel. Faden requested and obtained a
psychiatric examination of Appellant. Dr. David Axelrad and Dr. Kit Harrison
examined Appellant.
Dr. Axelrad prepared a report. In his report, he determined that Appellant had
a history of a bipolar disorder. He al... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Darious Fabriese Lindsey v. The State of Texas

In July 2014, Houston Police Department Officers Turrentine and Duron
were surveilling a known crack house, where they had previously found illegal
narcotics sale activity. In the past, the police had made arrests of persons leaving
the house with narcotics. Turrentine saw a vehicle arrive at the house, park in the
driveway, stay for a couple of minutes, and then depart. Dur... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Harris County and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality v. International Paper Company

There are five dates or date ranges that are significant in this litigation. We
will give first an overview of their importance and then discuss each in more detail.
Next, we will provide an overview of the parties’ trial theories and discuss the key
rulings made by the trial court related to experts and the jury charge.

A. Significant historical dates

The first ... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Erik Santana Guanche v. The State of Texas

Guanche was charged with the misdemeanor offense of driving while
intoxicated, which was alleged to have occurred in December 2012. See Guanche
v. State, No. 01-13-00851-CR, 2014 WL 9868629, at *1 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st
Dist.] Dec. 16, 2014, pet. ref’d). In that proceeding, Guanche filed a verified
motion to recuse the trial court on the grounds that she “has a personal bias... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Davidette Johnson v. The State of Texas

On January 6, 2014, Johnson pleaded guilty to the offense of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for a recommendation from the State
that adjudication be deferred and he be placed on community supervision for three
years. Approximately one year later, the State moved to adjudicate Johnson’s guilt
but later dismissed its motion based on the trial court’s amendme... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

Marcos Daniel Jimenez v. The State of Texas

On April 5, 2013, friends Angela Mendoza and Christopher Burnett met at a
carwash in La Marque, Texas around 11:00 p.m. to talk and catch up. Mendoza
was driving a green Chevrolet Avalanche and Burnett was driving a white
Chevrolet Malibu. Once they both arrived at the car wash, Mendoza got out of her
Avalanche and into Burnett’s Malibu. Mendoza sat in the passenger seat while ... More...
   $0 (11-14-2016 - TX)

Daniel Lynn Easter v. The State of Texas

Archie Glenn Hashaw, Jr., executive director of Waller County Emergency
Medical Service (“Waller County EMS”), a non-profit organization and the
complainant in this case, testified that Waller County EMS provides “9-1-1

1 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 15.01(a), (d) (Vernon 2011) (criminal attempt), 31.03(a) (Vernon Supp. 2015) (th... More...
   $0 (11-14-2016 - TX)

Juan Antonio Deleon v. The State of Texas

Appellant Juan Antonio Deleon pleaded guilty to separate charges of deadly
conduct and enhanced aggravated assault. See TEX. PENAL CODE §§ 22.02, 22.05.
The aggravated assault charge included an enhancement because of a prior
conviction for aggravated assault. The trial court deferred adjudication and placed
Deleon on community supervision for five years.
After Deleon was... More...
   $0 (11-13-2016 - TX)

Tairon Jose Monjaras-Guirola v. The State of Texas

The trial court placed Appellant on deferred adjudication with community
supervision in July 2014. The State filed a motion to adjudicate guilt in May 2015
and an amended motion a month later. The State identified in its motion seven
conditions of Appellant’s community supervision that it alleged Appellant had
violated. One of those conditions was to commit no offenses of la... More...
   $0 (11-13-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Gerald Dwayne Templeton

Tyler, TX - Repeat Offender In Longview Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

A 56 year-old Longview man pled guilty in federal court to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm announced Acting U.S. Attorney, Brit Featherston, today.

According to the evidence presented at his plea hearing, Gerald Dwayne Templeton (Templeton) was found to be in possession of weapons and cocaine at a res... More...
   $0 (11-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Robin Renee Haigler

San Antonio, TX - Waco Woman and Former DTS Medical Supply Company Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection with $4.5 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

Robin Renee Haigler, 60-year-old former customer recruiter in the Waco area for DTS Medical Supply Company in Devine, TX, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for her role in an estimated $4.5 million Health Care Fraud sch... More...
   $3269300 (11-11-2016 - TX)

Glen Naylor Jr. v. The State of Texas

Naylor was charged by information with the offense of terroristic threat of a family member for placing C.N. in fear of imminent serious bodily injury by threatening to kill her.2 The probable cause affidavit supporting Naylor’s arrest states, in relevant part: On July 27, 2014 at 2337 hours, I was dispatched . . . in reference to a disturbance. Dispatch advised that the actor had a 9mm firear... More...   $0 (11-03-2016 - TX)

John Bradford Scott v. The State of Texas

The State charged Scott by indictment with unlawful possession of a firearm and alleged two prior felony convictions for the purpose of enhancement of punishment, as follows: . . . John Bradford Scott, the Defendant, on or about September 20, 2014, and before the presentment of this indictment, in the County and State aforesaid, did then and there, after being convicted of the felony off... More...   $0 (11-03-2016 - TX)

 
 
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