Thirty-one -year-old Mesquite, Texas resident Franklin Davis was sentenced to death on the morning of Saturday, November 16 by a jury for the Dallas County Criminal District Court #7 for killing 16-year-old Shania Gray, a teenage babysitter who accused him of sexually assaulting her.
Davis had admitted his guilt in shooting Gray twice in September 2012 at Irving Park after he picked her up at school in Carrolton, and said during the trial that he only did so to keep her from testifying that he raped her, charges which he said were not at all true.
The jury started deliberating on Davis’ case around lunch time on Friday, November 15 and were not finished until the next morning.
Prosecutors were able to strengthen the case against Davis by presenting evidence of sexual assault on other women and an escape from Dallas County jail following an earlier arrest.
If you have been charged with a murder or another serious criminal offense in Dallas, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help make sure your rights are defended. Call us at 214-845-7007 to discuss your charge and how we can work on a defense strategy for you.
The Bexar County prosecutor reviewed the convictions of the San Antonio Four after an expert witness’s testimony was proved to be false. The San Antonio Four refers to four San Antonio women who were jailed in 1994 for alleged sexual assault on two children.
The four women were reported by Ramirez’s two nieces, who were age 7 and 9 at the time. The two young girls described successive assaults, where the women allegedly tied their wrists and ankles, hurt them, and made threats of killing them.
Ramirez was initially sentenced to 37 years of imprisonment while the three other suspects received 15-year sentences. Due to the recent developments, however, all of the women could be released.
Facing criminal charges can be extremely daunting. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Dallas area, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214.845.7007 to see how our lawyers can help you.
Grammy award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown entered a not guilty plea on Monday, October 28 for misdemeanor assault charges in relation to his involvement in a fight outside a Washington hotel on Saturday, October 26. Thirty-five-year-old Chris Hollosy, Brown’s bodyguard was also arrested and released after also entering a not guilty plea.
According to Brown’s lawyer, Brown and his bodyguard did no crime and were merely protecting Brown “as he is authorized to do under District of Columbia law.”
According to the Metropolitan Police Department incident report, the altercation started when two women asked Brown to have their photograph taken with him outside the upscale W Hotel. Brown allegedly refused to consent to this when 20-year-old Beltsville, Maryland resident Parker Adams tried to join in the picture, with Brown allegedly saying, “I’m not down with that gay shit.”
Having a criminal charge on your record can have serious implications in your life, as being convicted of an offense can not only lead to you paying fines and serving jail time, but it can also mar your personal and professional well-being. If you are facing criminal charges in Dallas, Texas, don’t hesitate to consult with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by dialing 214-845-7007.
A 28-year old woman pregnant with her second child was murdered by a gunman in a ‘drug smoke house’ in Oak Cliff, Texas on October 12.
Stephenie Terlisner was shot once in the chest by an unidentified robber who entered the residence occupied by several people and then fled the scene at around 7 p.m. Both Terlisner and her unborn child were killed.
A neighbor said that the house is frequented by prostitutes and drug users. According to court records, Terlisner had a pending drug charge.
The police said that they are conducting an ongoing investigation on the case.
A woman was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 18 after being charged with driving under the influence for more than six times.
Rose Ann Davidson, 44, has been sentenced by the Hays County Texas court following her sixth arrest after the police pulled her over and found an open beer can with her.
Davidson’s first arrest was in 1996, after which she has served jail time for other charges related to alcohol. Her most recent arrest happened after her release from her fifth DUI charge in July last year.
When you have been charged with driving under the influence in Dallas, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you legally. Learn more about your defense options by calling 214-845-7007.
Two underage boys were charged with capital murder following a shooting incident that killed a customer during a robbery on September 17.
According to the police, Dante Wayne Talbert and Xavier Bernard Jones, both 17, went inside a Subway restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and robbed the establishment. One of the customers, 36-year old Christopher McGrew, fought back and was shot by Jones.
Talbert had already outstanding warrants from committing previous robberies at the neighboring bus stops. He was arrested on September 19 in a drug bust operation and later admitted his involvement in the robbery. Jones was arrested the following day but denied the allegations.
Murder charges are some of the most serious allegations that a person can face. As such, if you are in this position, you need someone on your side who knows the law and can work to protect your rights and freedoms. Call our legal team from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to find out how we can help defend you.
Multi-billionaire Alice Walton of the Walmart empire escaped a DUI charge without any formal charges being filed against her on Monday, September 9. The suspension of the arresting Department of Public Safety highway patrol officer and his inability to testify triggered the decision to drop the charges, according to a statement made by Parker County Prosecutor John Forest to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Records show that Walton was driving in a construction zone on Interstate 20 above the 55-mph speed limit when the Texas Highway Patrol pulled her over for a traffic violation at about 10 p.m. Senior trooper Gary Rozzell told the Weatherford Democrat in 2011 that Walton was found to be intoxicated and refused to take a breathalyzer test.
She was taken into custody at the Parker County Jail, where she was released on a $1,000 bail.
Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence can result in jail time and a hefty fine. For immediate legal help, speak with the Dallas attorneys from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.
A man from Montgomery County who has at least eight previous DWI charges was given a 30 year prison sentence for his ninth DWI offense on Monday, August 19. 53-year-old Kevin Michael Koch pleaded guilty just before the start of a jury trial at the Conroe 221st State District Court on the 19.
According to Assistant District Attorney Vince Santini, Koch aka Carl Wendell Hall asked the court for a probation ruling but was denied because of his past DWI record, which dates back to the 1980s.
Santini said they have put in a lot of time and effort to piece together all of Koch’s DWI arrest and conviction records, which was gathered mostly by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office police investigator Heather Cash.
Koch, who has been in the Montgomery County Jail since Thursday, will be transferred to prison where he will spend at least 8 years before becoming eligible for parole.
Multiple DWI offenses carry stiff penalties in Texas; thus, if you are facing charges in Dallas, enlist the support of a lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Our legal team helps anyone in this situation build a strong defense, so call us at 214-845-7007 today.
On July 18, Dallas Police arrested 22-year-old Neko Boykin from Lewisville and charged him with aggravated robbery in connection to an alleged robberies he committed on three establishments and a vehicle between July 17 and July 18. Boykin was taken into custody at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.
Initial police reports state that Boykin was arrested along with an accomplice on July 18 after the vehicular robbery. During interrogation, Dallas police determined that Boykin was responsible for the three other robberies carried out earlier. He is also being linked to a $50 theft that reportedly occurred in 2010.
Boykin was given a bail of $151,500 for his temporary release.
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The taking of DNA samples by police from people under arrest was considered legal by the Supreme Court on June 3 and was compared to modern day fingerprinting.
Five justices made the majority ruling that those arrested for a serious crime and detained in a police station can be given DNA testing. They further stated that the move does not violate an illegal search, which is prohibited by the Fourth Amendment.
Justice Samuel Alito said that this ruling was probably a milestone criminal procedure case that the court had decided upon in many years. He added that DNA sampling requires only a small intrusion on a person’s privacy.
Although the law can be extremely complicated, anyone charged with a crime is entitled to certain protections under the law. Make sure you are being treated fairly and have a strong defense if you’ve been charged with a crime in Dallas by enlisting the support of the legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.