Category: Violent Crime

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Texas is seeing a spike in crimes committed with imitation weapons, partly because offenders believe they will receive a lesser sentence if they are caught. It’s a perception that’s false in Texas. If the victim of a crime believes the weapon that’s pointed at them is real it’s sufficient to warrant a first-degree felony charge…

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Gangs represent a “significant public safety threat” in Texas, and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime in many communities, a new report by the Department of Public Safety has concluded. The report says gang activity is particularly prevalent in West Texas close to the border with Mexico which has a major problem with…

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Violent crime is seen as one of the biggest menaces to society, which is why rates for violent offenses make the most prominent headlines. Recently, FBI data was released for 2013 that revealed Odessa had the highest violent crime rate out of 24 metropolitan areas in Texas last year. The West Texas city with a…

Texas hit the headlines last week for one of the worst crimes seen in the Lone Star State for some time. A 33-year-old man stands accused of killing six members of his former wife’s family, including four children in a home in suburban Houston. Reuters reported on an appearance in court by 33-year-old Ronald Lee…

Murder for hire cases can be difficult to prosecute as demonstrated by a recent case in Texas in which the Collin County District Attorney’s Office dismissed a felony charge against man from Garland who was accused last year in a murder for hire plot in Allen. The Dallas Morning News reported that Robert Wayne Bass,…

Few crimes shock society more than the killing of a child. We were saddened to read about how police in Dallas found the body of a 5-year-old girl at an apartment complex on Sunday. Dallas police were called to look for Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez about 11:30 a.m. at the Sontera Palms apartments in the 9500…

In high profile cases it’s not uncommon for the authorities to put together a case on the flimsiest of evidence. Take the recent case of David Barajas who was recently acquitted of shooting a man who killed his young sons in a drunken-driving accident. There’s no question that Barajas had a strong motive in the…

Elliot Rodger’s name is the latest to enter the infamous roll of America’s mass shooters. Rodger, 22, was responsible for a killing spree at the University of California in Santa Barbara on May 23, 2014 that left seven dead including the shooter himself. A further 13 people were injured, some of them seriously. He is…

A 13-year-old has pleaded guilty to first degree murder for his role in the fatal shooting of a gas service station employee in Texas and is to cooperate in the prosecution of his alleged adult accomplice, according to reports. The Houston Chronicle reported on how the teen was charged with capital murder over the shooting…

One of the most common charges to be brought in Texas when the actions of a driver result in a loss of life is intoxicated manslaughter. This is essentially drunk driving that causes a death. But murder charges were brought in the wake of a recent crash that caused a death in Texas. Recently, Dagoberto…