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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Private Investigators of TexasThe Case of the Nightclub Gangland Killing
    Attorney Skip Cornelius represented a young defendant who was charged, with another defendant, with the shooting death of a rival gang member at a club in Houston, TX. Gradoni & Associates Investigates We were able to identify and interview two wit­nesses who stated that the defendant was with them at the club when the shots
  • Private Investigators of TexasConfessed 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
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsThe “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Murder InvestigationRobbery & 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
  • Gradoni and Associates - Private Eyes of TexasCapital 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
  • 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
  • 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 InvestigatorsConvicted 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
  • 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 Investigators30 Years on Death Row, Finally Over
    Attorney Robert Loper and Attorney Gerald Bourque represented a Death Row inmate whose case had been sent back for a retrial of the punishment phase. The inmate, convicted of capital murder, had been given the Death Penalty 30 years prior and had been on Death Row since his conviction. Gradoni & Associates Investigates As a
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsUpcoming 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

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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