FOX4News.com Staff, July 11 2017
ARLINGTON, Texas – The two former Arlington Police Department jailers who accepted a plea deal for the 2015 death of an inmate were both sentenced to a year of probation on Tuesday.
Pedro Medina and Steven Schmidt pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges for their role in 42-year-old Jonathan Paul’s death.
Paul was arrested in March 2015 after a traffic stop. He was restrained and pepper-sprayed because of his erratic behavior, and then moved to another cell and left on the floor. He died four days later.
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June 20, 2017
DALLAS – A Dallas County grand jury will hear an officer-involved shooting where a 21-year old pregnant mother was shot and killed as police say she tried to run them over.
Police body cam video was used in a previous hearing. But to date, the entire video has not been made public and is expected to be a critical part of the prosecution’s case to determine if the officers should face charges or not.
Former prosecutor turned defense attorney Toby Shook is not involved in the case, but offered his perspective on what the grand jury will consider in deciding whether the two officers who opened fire will face any charges.
“The car moves in a way that they say they felt endangered themselves and other, and there’s a gun found. All those facts go in favor of the officer,” Shook said. “However, we don’t know exactly what the video shows. And I think that will be the most important that the grand jury sees.”
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June 9, 2016 10:20 PM
No-bill decision, followed by re-file of charges – now questions of civil rights violations
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The attorney for the 21-year-old man a Grand Jury declined to indict on attempted capital murder charges stemming from the shooting of Fort Worth police officer Matthew Pearce wants his client released from jail.
Attorney Brian Walker represents Ed McIver Junior. McIver Jr. and his father ran from police as officer’s tried to pull over and arrest Ed McIver Sr. in March 2016. His father was shot and killed in a shootout with police after authorities said McIver Sr. fired shots at officer Pearce.
Walker asked a judge Thursday afternoon to consider releasing McIver Jr. from jail. He isn’t happy the Tarrant County DA’s office re-filed charges of attempted capital murder and drug possession right after a Grand Jury decided not to indict his client in the shooting.
“The sheriff is holding him there I believe illegally,” Walker told the judge Thursday afternoon. The jail has housed McIver Jr. since March 15 on a $2 million bond. In court the judge set a hearing in McIver Jr.’s case for 9 a.m. Monday.
Walker filed court papers asking for an examining trial, essentially trying to determine if there’s probable cause to continue holding McIver Jr. in jail.
“They don’t have evidence that he directly fired at the officer. They’re going to have to have some evidence that proves that he was an accomplice to his father, that he assisted him in someway in that particular criminal act,” said former chief of the felony trial division at the Dallas County DA’s office, Toby Shook.
Shook said the Tarrant County DA’s decision is legal, but rarely used.
“It was our practice, if a case was no billed by a grand jury, you didn’t re-submit that case unless you had new evidence generally,” said Shook.
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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.
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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