Dallas Murder Cases On the Rise

Murder cases in Dallas are on the rise this year. This trend has occurred in many major cities across the United States. The Dallas police Department is putting high priority on solving murder cases and has recently revived their cold case unit. The cold case unit  investigates unsolved homicides. There is no statute of limitations on a murder charge so the unit sometimes investigates cases that were committed 30 years ago.

Murder charges are the most serious a citizen can face under Texas law. The punishment range is 5 to 99 years or Life in prison. A person convicted of murder in Texas is not eligible for parole. The Dallas District Attorney’s office has an intake prosecutor who’s sole responsibility is the working with local police agencies in all murder investigations and determining when to move forward with a murder charge  and seek indictment at the grand jury.

If you are arrested or come under investigation for a murder charge it is crucial that you seek advice from an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. That is the only way to protect your self. Individuals often waive their valuable constitutional rights when the police first come in contact with them. They believe they must speak to the authorities or they will be appear guilty. Speak with a criminal lawyer before you talk to anyone.

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History made with new Dallas County DA appointment (News8)

Lauren Zakalik, WFAA

“And I thought God, I can do this, and I can serve Dallas County in a magnificent way,” says Faith Johnson. They were some of her very first words Johnson shared publicly since being announced as Dallas County’s new district attorney.

“I’ll put my hat in the ring because it was important for Dallas County,” Johnson says. “I saw the history of what was happening in Dallas County from DA to DA to DA.”

The former judge and prosecutor is taking the reins of a department in need. The Dallas County DA’s office has had some tumultuous years lately. Most recently, former District Attorney Susan Hawk stepped down after a very public battle with depression.

“She needs to restore stability,” says attorney Toby Shook.

Shook has known Johnson since the 80s, when they worked together in the district attorney’s office. Shook says one of the first items of business Johnson will face is restoring morale.

“They’re in desperate need of leadership, someone… they can follow, and I think Faith Johnson is the type of person that can do that,” Shook says.

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Flag burning case began with incident during Republican Convention in Dallas

James Rose, FOX4News

The court case that wound up protecting the right to burn an American began with an incident in Dallas during the 1984 Republican National Convention.

A protester named Gregory Lee Johnson burned the American flag in front of city hall and was arrested. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in 1989 that flag burning was a protected form of free speech under the constitution.

But on Tuesday, president-elect Donald Trump ignited another controversy by calling for consequences for the act. He tweeted “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

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Former Ellis County fireman avoids jail in sex assault of colleague; deal called ‘terrible message’

Naheed Rajwani, Staff writer / Dallas Morning News / November 10, 2016

A former Ellis County fireman pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in the sexual assault of a male colleague at a firehouse last year.

But advocates for sexual assault victims say the plea deal, which proposed that he get two years’ probation and that charges for seven other suspects be dropped, is unusual and unsettling.

“We look toward firefighters, even if they’re volunteer firefighters, as heroes and people who really help us in need,” said Bobbie Villareal, a former Dallas County prosecutor and former head of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. “And for them to victimize a colleague like that is extremely disturbing.”

She said she believes that the deal is outrageous and would send a “terrible message.”

Keith Edward Wisakowsky originally faced felony sex assault charges in the case, which generated local and national headlines.

Under the deal, Wisakowsky plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for two years’ probation. Charges against four other firemen accused of participating in the assault, a woman accused of filming it and the two fire chiefs accused of an attempted cover-up will be dropped as part of the deal.

Toby Shook, Wisakowsky’s attorney, said he didn’t find the plea offer surprising based on what he knew of the case.

He said it appeared that prosecutors offered the deal “based on the totality of the facts and what they knew of their victim and his credibility.” He didn’t elaborate.

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Court documents: Dentist murder mastermind had drug cartel ties (Fox4 News)

James Rose FOX4News.com/ October 7, 2016

DALLAS, Texas – Court documents say a woman accused of ordering a hit on a Dallas dentist promised money and drugs to her alleged accomplices.

FBI agents returned 34-year old Brenda Delgado back to Dallas from Mexico Thursday afternoon. She’s charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Dallas dentist Kendra Hatcher.

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Judge to sentence Christina Morris’ kidnapper; jury dismissed (Fox4 News)

Natalie Solis reports / By: FOX4News.com Staff

McKINNEY, Texas – The man convicted of kidnapping Christina Morris two year ago will be sentenced by a judge later this week.

In court Tuesday morning, Enrique Arochi said he wanted to waive his right to a jury sentence. He told the judge that he was not pressured or coerced into making the decision and he understands it means he no longer has the possibility of probation.

Judge Mark Rusch approved Arochi’s request. He thanked members of the jury for their service and dismissed them.

“You job is done,” he told jurors. Continue reading

Cullen Davis Murder Trial Teaches Lessons

Cullen Davis gave an interview to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently. This was one of the most infamous murder trials in Texas history and a criminal attorney can learn from studying this case. What first seemed to be a strong case for the prosecution turned into a sensational Not Guilty verdict.

How was the defense able to win? Trial preparation. Every witness was investigated. Each witness was skillfully cross-examined. They produced other suspects with motives and demonstrated a rush to judgment. Continue reading

Does Shooting Someone In the Back Qualify as “Self Defense”?

A recent shooting involving a Dallas man in a Waffle House parking lot demonstrates how the Texas self defense law can protect a citizen even when the alleged “victim” is shot in the back.

In the early morning hours of July 5, a man armed with an AK-47 entered a DeSoto Waffle House and robbed several customers. As the robber left the restaurant one of the robbery victims followed him outside, pulled out a hand gun and fired several shots into the robbers’ back. The robber survived the attack but is paralyzed. The shooting was captured on video and it doesn’t appear that the robber knew what was coming.

Will the citizen be indicted for Aggravated Assault? Not at all. Continue reading