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.
Investigators 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.
Houston Capital Murder Investigation Results
Below are random entries from our various newsletters which are related to capital murder investigations.
Closed Murder Investigation Cases
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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