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 “Doing A Lick” Murder Investigation
    Attorney Wayne Hill represented a Defendant who was accused, along with a prostitute, of luring an off-duty police officer to a meeting where the police officer was eventually killed during a robbery attempt. Our investigation revealed that the key witness for the State was most likely lying about our Defendant’s participation in the murder. The
  • 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
  • Investigation 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The 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
  • 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 “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
  • The “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
  • Felony 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
  • Robbery & Murder Charges Dismissed
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a defendant charged with the robbery murder of an individual near an apartment complex in Southwest Houston. The State’s case was based on two witness statements. The first statement came from the defendant’s girlfriend, who advised that he had informed her that he had committed a robbery in that area at
  • The Accidental Capital Murder Investigation
    Houston, TX based Attorney Katherine Scardino represented an individual charged with the murder of a female during a robbery attempt. The Defendant had admitted to the robbery attempt but had maintained that his weapon went off accidentally. One of the Defendant’s associates told police that the Defendant had confessed the murder to him a few
  • Confessed Thief Accused of iMurder
    Attorney Robert “Bob” Loper represented an individual who was charged with the beating death of a fellow resident at an apart­ment complex, in which the victim’s iPhone was taken. The State had an 8 year old juvenile witness who claimed he observed the defendant strike the victim. The defendant claimed from the be­ginning that
  • 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

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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