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

  • The “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
  • Update: Bellville Family Murders
    Attorney Katherine Scardino and Attorney James Rivera represented an individual charged with killing five of his family members in Bellville, Texas. The case received a great deal of publicity, due to the horrific crime scene. (See our previous coverage of the Bellville Family Murders.) Prior to the State of Texas seeking the Death Penalty,
  • Death 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 “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
  • Capital Murder: Adult Certification Thwarted
    Attorney Gary Polland represented a juvenile who was charged with Capital Murder, along with his adult brother. Gradoni & Associates Investigate The State was trying to certify Gary’s client so he could stand trial as an adult. Gary did a masterful job utilizing the background information we had compiled on the Defendant’s lack of past
  • A 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
  • Upcoming Trials
    Security Guard Faces Death Penalty In June we will start jury selection on a security guard facing the Death Penalty, being charged with the murder of two prostitutes and the aggravated robbery of 6 other prostitutes, all from the Channelview area. Investigator Keith Kucifer has interviewed the State’s 6 prostitute witnesses, who did not report
  • Robbery Gone Wrong in Port Arthur, TX
    Attorney Robert Loper AND Attorney Gerald Bourque represented a defendant charged with the shooting death of a nightclub owner during a robbery attempt that went bad in the parking lot of a club in Port Arthur, TX. The State had an impressive list of witnesses which included two jailhouse snitches who were going to testify
  • 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
  • The Case of the Snitch Killing
    Attorneys Jerald Graber and Bob Loper represented an individual charged with three other individuals with Capital Murder. The victim had given information to the police regarding one of the co-defendants, who went over to the victim’s house and after knocking on the front door, shot the victim to death in the front hallway of the
  • Investigators 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
  • Capital Murder Suspect Walks Early, Time Served
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented Clyde Bradford, a Houston, Texas man that was charged with the shooting death of a male at the rear of the victim’s residence. The Witnesses Witnesses told police that the shooter walked back to his vehicle, sat in the driver’s seat, rolled down the front passenger window, raised a handgun pointing
  • The 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
  • Marijuana 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
  • Convicted Murderers “High-Five” 45Y Verdict
    CAPITAL MURDER: FAVORABLE OUTCOME Attorney Robert Loper and Attorney John P. “Casey” Keirnan represented two defendants who had been charged with two separate Capital Murders. The first case had been dismissed by the Judge at trial as noted in our previous newsletter. The second case came to trial recently. The case involved fighting

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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