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Charles Edward Newman v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Charles Edward Newman with a Murder charge.



In four issues on appeal, Appellant challenges (1) the sufficiency of the
evidence to support the murder conviction, (2) the sufficiency of the evidence to
support the witness tampering convictions, (3) the trial court’s... More...
   $0 (02-26-2021 - TX)

Marcus Demond Parrish v. The State of Texas

Waco, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Marcus Demond Parrish with an Assault charge.



In his first issue, appellant contends that the trial court erred by excusing a State’s
witness from “the Rule” because the State did not establish that the witness’s presence
was essential. We disagree.
A. App... More...
   $0 (02-25-2021 - TX)

Alejo Vargas v. The State of Texas

Waco, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Alejo Vargas with a Evading Arrest charge.



In his first issue, Vargas argues that the trial court should have excluded a video
recording of his oral statements made to police because he did not make a knowing,
intelligent, and voluntary waiver of his statutory and co... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

Justin Lee Hamlin v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Justin Lee Hamlin with an Assault charge.



The record shows that during the guilt-innocence phase, the State presented a
stipulation of evidence in which Hamlin admitted that he had a previous conviction
for assault against a member of his family or household. Dur... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

Robert Alan Cordray v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Robert Alan Cordray with a Theft charge.



On July 15, 2019, the day trial began, Cordray filed a handwritten motion for
a sixty-day continuance, in which he sought a continuance “so that he may be
evaluated[,] and his competency and sanity assessed.” Cordray... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

Timothy Leroy Cornell v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Timothy Leroy Cornell with a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge.




While approaching an intersection in Liberty County, Texas, Deputy Ranson
Martel, a deputy sheriff employed by the Liberty County Sheriff, saw a car turn in
front of him at an intersec... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

Ronnie Williams v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Ronnie Williams with an Indecency with a Child charge.



Prior to trial, the State filed a notice of intent to use hearsay statements that
K.S., the child victim, made at the Garth House to Kim Hanks, a forensic
interviewer. The State’s notice indicated that durin... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Timothy Aaron Swinney v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Timothy Aaron Swinney with an Aggravated Assault charge.



The complaints Swinney raises in his appeal concern his convictions on
felonies that include affirmative findings that reflect he used a deadly weapon. Under
Texas law, when a defendant is found guilty of a... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Dustin Ray Sanders v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Dustin Ray Sanders with an Assault charge.



We first discuss the background of Sanders’ case, presenting the evidence in
the light most favorable to the jury’s verdict.2 The evidence before the jury in the
trial shows that in December 2017, Sanders and Hannah ... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Armando Martinez v. The State of Texas

El Paso, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Armando Martinez with an Attempted Murder charge.



On July 28, 2016, Martinez (a.k.a. “Gizmo”), Jose Luis Chavez (“Chavez” a.k.a. “Fat
Cat”), and Robert Young (“Young” a.k.a. “Toro”) smoked methamphetamine and marijuana
together at Young’s house.... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Amanda Shanae Willis v. The State of Texas

El Paso, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Amanda Shanae Willis with a Aggravated Robbery charge.



During Appellant’s sentencing hearing, Appellant requested the jury recommend she be
granted community supervision. Appellant called her mother to testify on her behalf—Paula Willis
(“Ms. Willis”). Ms. Wi... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

United States of America v. Parris Deshaunte Evitt

Tulsa, OK - Cyberstalking criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Parris Deshaunte Evitt, 30, of Tulsa, who was charged with sending harassing and intimidating messages from a variety of accounts. Evitt’s course of conduct included repeated threats to the victim’s physical safety and privacy.

Between October 2018 and continuing until October 2020, Evitt used email, Facebook, ... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - OK)

Zachary Lee McClellan v. The State of Texas

El Paso, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Zachary Lee McClellan with an Aggravated Assault charge.



Appellant, who was then 23 years old, lived with his father, Grant McClellan, and his
father’s wife, Robie, at his father’s home in Watauga. Appellant graduated high school and
attended some college cour... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Raeanne Martin v. Nancy Higginson, et al.

Amarillo, TX - Civil attorney's represented Raeanne Martin and Nancy Higginson, et al. with a dispute concerning the right to conveyance of certain shares of a corporation..



This is the second appeal in a long-standing dispute concerning the right to
conveyance of certain shares of a corporation. The first appeal was int... More...
   $0 (02-21-2021 - TX)

Asley Quesada-Diaz v. The State of Texas

Amarillo, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Asley Quesada-Diaz with a Sexual Assault charge.



Appellant was a family friend of complainant R. C. Occasionally, he would stay at
her apartment while she was at work. On one of those occasions, she returned home
1 Because this appeal was transferred from the Third ... More...
   $0 (02-21-2021 - TX)

Marcus Reed v. The State of Texas

Amarillo, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Marcus Reed with an Official Oppression charge.



As previously mentioned, appellant was convicted of official oppression and
aggravated perjury. He argued that his conviction for official oppression was “factually”
insufficient because the text messages utilized ... More...
   $0 (02-20-2021 - TX)

Michael Cameron Daniels v. The State of Texas

Texarkana, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Michael Cameron Daniels with a Driving While Intoxicated charge.



A Cherokee County jury found Michael Cameron Daniels guilty of driving while
intoxicated (DWI), third or more, and the trial court sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment.1

On appeal, Danie... More...
   $0 (02-19-2021 - TX)

Carroll Gene Henderson v. The State of Texas

Dallas, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Carroll Gene Henderson with an Aggravated Sexual Assault charge.



Appellant was indicted on two counts. The first count—aggravated sexual
assault of a child—charged that he penetrated the sexual organ of six-year-old E.S.S.
with his finger. The second count—indec... More...
   $0 (02-18-2021 - TX)

Ex Parte David Delgado

San Antonio, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented David Delgado with an accelerated appeal from the trial court’s order denying Delgado’s pre-trial habeas corpus application seeking a reduction in the amount of his bail.



On December 30, 2019, the trial court issued a temporary protective order against Delgado<... More...
   $0 (02-16-2021 - TX)

Denys A. Martinez v. The State of Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Denys A. Martinez with a Manslaughter charge.



Martinez was indicted for manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter. The case
proceeded to a jury trial. Before voir dire, trial counsel and Martinez had the following discussion
on the record:

Okay. Hav... More...
   $0 (02-15-2021 - TX)

Manuel Michael Garcia v. The State of Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Manuel Michael Garcia with a Capital Murder charge.



On February 18, 2015, Garcia hit several people at several different locations with the
vehicle he was driving, causing injuries to multiple people and two deaths. The State charged him
04-19-00775-CR
-... More...
   $0 (02-15-2021 - TX)

Jereme Rucker v. The State of Texas

Austin, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Jereme Rucker with an Aggravated Assault charge.



The evidence presented at trial1
The State charged Rucker with intentionally or knowingly threatening Desiree
Gonzalez with imminent bodily injury and using a deadly weapon during the commission of the
offense. At tr... More...
   $0 (02-14-2021 - TX)

Ty Lee Whitfield v. The State of Texas

Austin, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Ty Lee Whitfield with a Aggravated Robbery charge.



The jury heard evidence that, on August 2, 2016, John Moore was robbed in an
HEB parking lot in Buda, Texas. Around 2:00 p.m. that day, Moore parked his Ford F-150 “club
cab” truck away from other vehicles in the ... More...
   $0 (02-14-2021 - TX)

Appellant, The State of Texas// Cross-Appellant, Saul Jaquez v. Appellee, Saul Jaquez// Cross-Appellee, The State of Texas

Austin, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Saul Jaquez with a Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence charge.



While on patrol, Officer Joshua Esquivel of the Bulverde Police Department saw
a vehicle that appeared to be speeding. Officer Esquivel testified that he stopped the vehicle
after he “activat... More...
   $0 (02-14-2021 - TX)

Dustin Ray Randig v. The State of Texas

Austin, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Dustin Ray Randig with a Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge.



In the early morning hours of September 14, 2017, Deputy Jeremy Jones of the
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling Highway 95. He pulled over a car with a
malfunctioning headlight and fou... More...
   $0 (02-13-2021 - TX)

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