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HOUSTON CAPITAL MURDER DEFENSE

Our investigators pride themselves on helping to free the innocent by assisting counsel.

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Attorneys who defend clients charged with Capital Murder must meet a high standard of experience and competency in order to be appointed to represent someone charged with the most serious offense in the Texas Penal Code.

Consequences of Conviction: Dire

If a person is found guilty of Capital Murder they can only be given Life without parole or the Death Penalty. The prosecuting attorney can seek the Death Penalty or try the Defendant with the Death Penalty taken off the table, leaving only Life without parole as a penalty if the Defendant is convicted.

Capital Murder Investigations are Complex

Generally speaking, Capital cases can be very complicated. Many times, there is a “confession” from the Defendant. Co-Defendants posture themselves to testify to enhance the State’s case against the most egregious party in the offense in order to obtain a lesser sentence. Cases usually involve identification of suspects by witnesses, physical evidence left at the scene, reliable or conjectured motives, alibi witnesses, mistaken identity, legitimacy of the State’s evidence evaluation and a number of other factors.

The “Exhausting Defense” Mandate

The American Bar Association guidelines mandate that attorneys representing defendants charged with Capital Murder provide an exhausting defense. A competent Criminal Defense attorney must possess the ability to analyze the State’s case, be able to engage in a professional dialogue with the Prosecutors, and be a savvy trial lawyer.

Why Private Investigators Get Involved

In order for a defense attorney to defend his client properly they rely on a separate investigation conducted on the Defendant’s behalf by trained professional Private Investigators. The Investigators perform numerous tasks during the lengthy process which ensues before the case is disposed. The Investigators must have the ability to gain the Defendant’s trust and elicit truthful information that will assist the Defendant’s defense.

Gradoni & Associates - Private Eyes of HoustonInvestigators must conduct background investigations on all of the State’s witnesses along with engaging those witnesses in an interview to evaluate what they told the police investigators regarding their observations.

After the contact with the witness the investigators provide an evaluation of the witnesses credibility for the defense attorney(s) representing the defendant. Investigators also develop alibi witnesses when applicable and canvass crime scene areas to identify the witnesses the police missed, or talked to, but did not document in their reports.

A Defense Attorney cannot adequately represent his client, or provide an “exhausting defense” without this assistance. In the opinion of Gradoni & Associates, a team of Investigators with law enforcement experience and diverse backgrounds would be the logical choice to perform the investigative effort.

Experience Counts!

Gradoni & Associates has been involved in over 450 Capital Murder cases during our 24 years of service to Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Our Newsletter

Houston Capital Murder Investigation Results

Below are random entries from our various newsletters which are related to capital murder investigations.

Closed Murder Investigation Cases

Recent Posts

  • The Capital Murder by Fire Investigation
    Houston, TX based attorney Skip Cornelius represented a defendant who was charged with causing a fire that resulted in his brother’s death. The defendant had previously been sent to prison for murder, having burned the victim to death. Gradoni Detectives Establish Reasonable Doubt Investigators interviewed a number of family members who were
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsCapital Murder Case Abandoned By State of Texas
    Houston, TX lawyer Laine Lindsey represented a defendant who was charged with killing two Hispanic males after what was believed to be a verbal altercation. Detective Benito Segura Investigates Benito Segura, and experienced private eye, interviewed the eyewitness to the shooting who said the two victims were armed and pointing guns. The State had
  • The Case of the Jail House Witness, Seeing Vocals
    Attorney Robert Loper and Attorney Lori Gooch were in the midst of preparing for a capital trial that was going to start on February 8th. On Monday, February 4th, the Prosecutor informed the Defense that a jail house “snitch” had a conversation with the Defendant who made the comment in a hold-over cell, “All they got
  • StarvingThe Filicide by Starvation Investigation
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a mother who was charged with starving her child to death. The initial situation was not very encouraging because the mother had CPS problems in the past, was living in a motel, had a history of prostitution and already had another child die while in her care. Gradoni & Associates Investigates During
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe Case of The Murdered Pasadena PD Officer
    Attorney Katherine Scardino represented the individual charged with killing a Pasadena, TX Policeman the day after he was released from the Harris County Jail. The Officer responded to a domestic disturbance at the defendant’s mother’s house when he was shot on the porch. Katherine and Co-Counsel, Kelly Case reached an agreement with the State
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe “They Didn’t Have a Case” Capital Murder
    Well known and respected Houston, TX based Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a defendant charged with the shooting death of an individual who was riding in a car stopped at a median. Gradoni Investigates Benito Segura interviewed all of the State’s witnesses and could find no one who could identify the defendant’s involvement or even place
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsGang-Banging Capital Murder Charges Dismissed
    Attorney Bob Loper and Attorney Casey Kiernan represented 2 males charged with a gang related shooting death. Gradoni Detectives Investigate the Murder Benito Segura conducted a number of interviews with Spanish speaking witnesses with knowledge of the Players and circumstances allowing us to pursue the self-defense issue. During the initial
  • Private Investigators of TexasThe Case of the Home Invasion Killings
    Attorney Skip Cornelius and Attorney Kristen C. Asaad represented Carl Goines, charged with the death of an individual in a home invasion and the death of an alleged accomplish who was allegedly shot by Goines during the home invasion, later dying at a local hospital in northeast Houston. The State contended that two individuals forced
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe Wrong Man Killed in Dope Rip-Off Case
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a teenager charged with Capital Murder. The teenager was selling dope for a dealer and had been ripped off by a customer. When our Defendant informed the dope dealer about what happened she also gave him a description of the actor along with his purple colored vehicle. The dope dealer and
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsDeath Penalty Pursuit Dissuaded
    Attorney Thomas A. Martin represented an individual charged with Capital Murder. Tom asked Investigator Cindy Klein to prepare a Mitigation package that could be presented to the District Attorney in an effort to dissuade them from seeking the Death Penalty. The District Attorney’s Office was obviously moved by our efforts and did not seek the
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsMarijuana Leads to Death, Gradoni Investigates
    Attorney Katherine Scardino represented a young man who allowed an acquaintance to use his apartment to buy marijuana in Houston, TX. During the transaction, the acquaintance shot and killed one of the weed sellers in an attempt to rip them off. Our client was not present when this occurred, but the State of Texas alleged
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsFelony Murder Rule Initiated, Charges Reduced
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented an individual who drove two individuals to a record shop where they killed the owner in the course of the Robbery. The defendant claimed all along that he had driven the pair over to the record shop, but he had no idea that they were going to commit a Robbery. Gradoni
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsInvestigation Limits Life Sentence to 3 Years
    Houston criminal-defense Attorney John M. Petruzzi represented an individual charged with Solicitation of Capital Murder. The State was originally seeking a life sentence. Gradoni & Associates Perform Investigation Efrain Gutierrez determined through his investigation that what actually happened was the defendant had heard other parties
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsInvestigators Weigh In, Capital Murder Dismissed
    Attorney Jerald Graber and Attorney Alan Tanner represented an individual who was charged with Capital Murder in connection with a robbery in which a male victim was killed. The State of Texas alleged that 2 female prostitutes lured the victim to the rear of an apartment complex, where he was shot and killed during a
  • Murder at the Hollywood Video Store
    Attorney Katherine Scardino and Attorney Jimmy Phillips Jr. obtained a hung jury in a high profile capital murder case in the 184th Criminal District Court, charging the defendant and his cousin with capital murder in the shooting deaths of 2 employees at the Hollywood Video store. Gradoni Gets The Investigation Our investigators had interviewed

Client References

Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with the lawyers listed below on capital murder and other criminal justice cases.

  • Michael Ramsey
  • Stanley Schneider
  • George Tyson
  • Katherine Scardino
  • Jimmy Phillips
  • Richard “Racehorse” Haynes
  • Philip Hilder
  • Robert Fickman
  • Wendell Odom
  • George Parnham
  • Gerald Bourque
  • Skip Cornelius
  • L.T. “Butch” Bradt
  • Robert Loper
  • Loretta Muldrow
  • Robert Scardino
  • Casey Kiernan
  • Joseph Salhab
  • Danny Easterling
  • Robert Morrow
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Lydia Clay-Jackson
  • Roberto Hinojosa
  • James Rytting
  • Laine Lindsey
  • Wayne Hill
  • Jerald Graber
  • Thomas Martin
  • Pat McCann
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Tom Moran
  • Stephen Doggett
  • Kurt Wentz

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GRADONI & ASSOCIATES

2611 Cypress Creek Parkway #C100
Houston, TX 77068
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