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HOUSTON CAPITAL MURDER DEFENSE

Our investigators pride themselves on helping to free the innocent by assisting counsel.

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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 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
  • 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
  • Gradoni and Associates - Private Eyes of TexasThe Case of the Wheelchair Bound Murder
    Attorney Gerald Bourque represented Arnoldo Torres, who was charged, along with two Co-Defendants, with a non-death Capital Murder case. The State alleged that Torres and two other males, who were illegally in the country from Mexico, went to one of Torres’ neighbors’ apartment in order to rob him. Allegedly, the three entered the apartment
  • 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
  • Gradoni and Associates - Private Eyes of TexasThe Ft. Bend County Double Murder Investigation
    Attorney Katherine Scardino and Attorney Stephen Doggett tried a Death Penalty case in Ft. Bend County which lasted three months, ending in June. The Defendant, Cornelius Harper, was charged with the shooting death of his cousin and the stabbing death of his cousin’s fiancée, who was pregnant, a short time later at a second crime
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsFelony 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Licensed Houston Private InvestigatorsRobbery 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • snitchThe 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
  • The Unreliable Murder Witness Case
    Attorney Mack Arnold represented an unsavory character charged with murder. Gradoni & Associates Investigates Our Investigation revealed that the State’s case was based on some very unreliable witnesses, without any credibility. Mack did a great job getting this point across to the jury, who found the Defendant Not Guilty. Everybody on our
  • 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 InvestigatorsInvestigation 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

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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