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Houston Capital Murder Defense

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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

  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe Dope Rip-Off Murder
    Attorney Skip Cornelius and Attorney Kristen C. Asaad represented a Defendant charged, along with two other Co-Defendants, with murdering an individual during a dope rip-off. Our Defendant, from the beginning, admitted his participation in the dope deal, but denied being the shooter, as charged by the State. Gradoni & Associates Investigate
  • Gun Bullets GavelCapital Murder Charge Dismissed in Cell Phone Scheme
    Attorney Katherine Scardino represented one of two brothers charged with Capital Murder in Montgomery County, along with two other co-defendants. The State of Texas alleged that the two brothers set the complainant up to purchase a phone and during the meeting at a public park he was shot to death during the robbery attempt. The
  • capital-trial-investigationA Case of Capital Mistrial
    Capital Mistrial Attorney Katherine Scardino and Attorney Jimmy Phillips Jr. were appointed to a high profile capital murder case in the 184th Criminal District Court in Harris County. Scardino’s client and his cousin were charged with Capital Murder in the September 4th shooting deaths of two employees at the Hollywood Video Store. Scardino’s
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe “His Turn to Inflict Pain” Murder Investigation
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a Defendant who was charged with the stabbing death of an individual during an altercation. Our client regularly hung out at a makeshift bar and pool hall on the North side of Houston. One of the Defendant’s associates had taken the victim’s car and not returned it. The victim was getting
  • Private Investigators of TexasThe Texas Prison Break Murder Trial
    Attorney Jimmy Phillips Jr. and Attorney Katherine Scardino represented one of two in­mates attempting to escape from a work project in a Huntsville prison unit where 80 inmates were working. During the escape the co-defendant was trying to leave the area in a stolen truck, coming in contact with a guard who fell from her
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe “With the Wrong Crowd” Murders
    Attorney Gary Polland represented one of five juveniles charged Capital Murder for entering a home and killing one of the homeowner’s sons during the Robbery attempt. Private Detective Klein Investigates The Murder Investigator Cindy Klein interviewed a number of the defendant’s teachers and relatives, determining that he was a pretty good
  • 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
  • Gradoni and Associates - Private Eyes of TexasThe Auto-Robbery Murder Investigation
    Houston, TX based Attorney James Stafford represented an individual charged, along with a co-Defendant, in the killing death of a victim while they were robbing his car. The State did not have any eyewitnesses to the murder, which we verified through our investigation. The charged Co-Defendant had accepted a plea bargain on his case. The
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe Bellville Family Murders
    Houston Attorney Katherine Scardino & Attorney James Rivera represented Maron Thomas charged with killing five family members at their residence in Bellville. Thomas was originally deemed insane and sent to the State Hospital. After a few months of treatment in the form of medication, Thomas was sent back for Trial. The District Attorney’s
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe “Kingpin Bums Ride to Hit” Investigation
    Attorney John P. “Casey” Keirnan represented a defendant charged along with 3 other defendants with Capital Murder. The State alleged that the head of a local dope ring wanted to have an individual who provided information to the police killed. This individual recruited and paid a facilitator to take care of the hit. The facilitator
  • 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
  • The Spousal Stabbing Investigation
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a lady who was accused of stabbing her husband to death in Houston. Gradoni & Associates Investigates We were able to establish that the husband had a history of being violent toward the Defendant. The Defendant’s son, who witnessed the altercation, helped Skip lay the foundation for self defense. RESULT

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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