Can Shoplifting Lead to a Murder Charge?

May 9th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Murder typically refers to the intentional killing of another person. But it is possible to be convicted of murder in Texas even if you did not intend to kill the victim–or for that matter, even if you did not commit the act that resulted in the victim’s death. Texas recognizes a separate category of murder […]

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Can Drunk Driving Save You From a Murder Conviction?

April 6th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Capital Felonies, Drunk Driving

Murder and manslaughter are not the same thing. Murder refers to the intentional killing of another person. Manslaughter, in contrast, means “recklessly” causing a person’s death. Intoxication manslaughter, for example, occurs when a drunk driver accidentally kills someone as a consequence of their inebriated state. When Is a Murder Defendant Allowed to Argue It Was […]

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Passion Murder vs. Premeditated Murder

July 19th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The term “crime of passion” is often used by the media to describe certain sensational murder cases. The archetype of a crime of passion is the jealous spouse who arrives at home, finds their partner in bed with someone else, and then proceeds to shoot and kill them both in a fit of rage. So […]

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The Only Prize for Attempted Murder in Texas is Prison

February 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Murder Cold Case

Sideshow Bob, the fictional criminal mastermind from “The Simpsons,” once complained about the fact he was in jail for a crime he never successfully completed: “’Attempted murder,’ now honestly, did they ever give anyone a Nobel prize for ‘attempted chemistry?’” It may be a funny line, but there is nothing humorous about criminal attempt. In […]

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Texas man charged with homicide

January 4th, 2013 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A 19-year-old Texas man recently appeared in court for arraignment on capital murder charges. According to local authorities, the victim was shot as he tried to escape armed robbers who wanted the pair of Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers — a newly released item that retails for about $185 — that he had purchased earlier […]

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MySpace Postings Used to Convict Man Accused in Texas Killing

February 17th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently upheld the use of Myspace postings as evidence against a Dallas man accused of killing another man in a shootout. Ronnie Tienda Jr. was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a serious felony, based at least in part on MySpace evidence […]

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