A 19 year old teenager has been found guilty of Murder by a Harris Count jury according to this story. The victim was a 17 year old female friend of the defendant. According to the prosecution the defendant killed the victim to keep her quiet about a drive by shooting. The prosecution presented evidence that the defendant, at the request of the victim, had shot at the victim’s ex-boyfriend’s house.
The defendant was set to enter the military. The defendant had heard that the victim was telling other people about the drive-by shooting. The defendant was concerned that the victim was jeopardizing his chance at getting into the military. According to the state, the defendant lured the victim to the woods by telling her that he had hidden some valuables and needed to dig them up. While beginning to dig, the defendant shot the victim in the back of the head, killing her.The state had a star witness who testified that he was present and saw the defendant commit the murder.
The punishment phase of trial will begin and conclude with the jury picking the defendant’s punishment. Murder is a First Degree Felony with a range of punishment of 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
There is no possibility of a probation for a person convicted of Murder by a jury in Texas. The death penalty is not an option for murder. The punishment of death is only available for Capital Murder cases in Texas. One possible avenue to charge a defendant with Capital Murder under these facts would be to allege that the defendant committed the murder in the course of committing the felony of Retaliation. Texas Penal Code Section 19.03(2) provides Capital Murder occurs when the person intentionally commits the murder in the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or terroristic threat under Section 22.07(a)(1), (3), (4), (5), or (6). Based on the facts of the case and their evaluation the Harris County District Attorney’s Office concluded that the proper charge should be Murder.
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