Two Houston residents have been taken into custody in connection with the murder of a 51-year-old employee of M.D. Anderson, who was found beaten to death in his home on Sept. 29. Police discovered the body of the deceased after his coworkers reported that he had not shown up for work; officers made a welfare check call to the victim's home in Pearland.
Texas residents suspected of serious crimes may find themselves linked to another criminal charge by their DNA. The Supreme Court has ruled that the state can collect DNA samples from those who have been detained under the suspicion of a serious crime. The Supreme Court justices were divided on the issue and passed it with a vote of five to four. This ruling will benefit the police but may raise some privacy law concerns. This ruling has reinstated a conviction in a case where a man was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in 2003 based on DNA evidence that was collected by police during an arrest for an assault charge six years later.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.
The recent shooting death of a 44-year-old woman by her estranged husband who then shot himself in the head at their daughter's birthday party happened a week after the mayor of Dallas asked police to focus their efforts on any criminal case involving allegations of domestic violence. In Dallas, homicide cases linked to domestic violence doubled in 2012 as shelters for battered women report an increase in the level of violent crime related to domestic abuse. Police and neighbors were at a loss to explain the homicide and suicide that happened in a quiet neighborhood in Grapevine, Texas. A witness who spoke to the 43-year-old husband shortly before the shooting said he neither saw nor heard anything in their conversation that gave any warning of what was to come. Neither of the couple's two children attending the party was injured in the shooting.
It is not unusual or uncommon for people to have encounters with officer who are investigating suspicious behavior. Most of those encounters involve a brief conversation that ends with the officer and the civilian going their separate ways. Occasionally, the encounters escalate and end with an arrest on a criminal charge. An encounter between a 23-year-old Texas man from College Station could have ended without incident, but the actions of the suspect when confronted by police ended with his arrest on a felony charge and two misdemeanor charges.The events began when a police officer was leaving a food mart on South Texas 6 investigating a report that someone found a bag of cocaine. The officer said he saw the College Station man pull into the food mart without having his headlights on. The man told the police officer that he has there to meet someone, but his story changed when the officer told him that no one other than employees of the food mart were there.
Investigations by state and federal law enforcement into bomb threats made against Texas State University and Texas A&M University have resulted in the arrests of a Bryan man and his ex-girlfriend. The criminal defense attorney for the girl said her arrest by the Texas State Police Department is in conflict with the evidence the FBI obtained that resulted in the arrest of the boyfriend on federal charges. State authorities claiming to have evidence linking her email account to the bomb threats against the two universities arrested the 19-year-old woman. The charges against her include three counts of a felony charge of making a terrorist threat and three misdemeanor charges. She faces up to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on each felony charge. Each of the misdemeanor charges is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.
A judge set bail at $1 million for a 27-year-old soldier from Fort Hood in Texas who was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death another soldier from the base. The shooting is an example of how circumstances and poor judgment can quickly turn a prank into a criminal case.According to police, the accused was watching television and drinking with the victim and another man in an off-base home. The accused used a gun in an attempt to stop the victim from hiccupping by scaring him. The police said the unsafe handling of the gun by the accused man caused it to discharge. The 22-year-old victim was killed when the bullet hit him in the face.
A Dallas, Texas, man was in divorce court recently because his wife is seeking to end their marriage. The woman's reason for seeking the divorce? She believes her husband hired a hit man to kill her. The woman was shot in the face in August and was briefly in a coma; she lost her left eye but survived the attack. Her husband is free on $1 million bail on a criminal charge of solicitation to commit murder. According to the police, the 52-year old husband acknowledged his involvement in an affair with a woman for at least three years. Police say he hired someone to kill his wife so that he could be with his mistress in California -- a charge the man and his attorney deny. In fact, the man says he hopes he can reconcile with his wife, and his attorney says he has a written statement from the wife that she does not actually want a divorce.
This week, a 46-year-old Daisetta man was sentenced to spend over 14 years in prison. The criminal charges came after an investigation involving police departments from Houston, Beaumont, and Daisetta, as well as agents from the FBI.
A fight between two men in an apartment in South Houston, Texas, ended with one man dead and the other in police custody on a criminal charge. According to the police investigation of the incident, officers went to the apartment in response to reports of a fight at a party. Police found a 58-year old man who they believe struck his head when he fell after being hit by the 39-year old suspect. The injured man died after police took him to a hospital.The suspect was arrested in a field near the apartment where he fled after the fight. The man struggled with police, who sprayed him several times with pepper spray before subduing him. He faces assault charges in connection with the fight at the apartment and aggravated assault for the struggle with the police in which one officer was injured.