A Houston man and his son were charged with the murder of a 17 year old teenager in Katy. The man is 45 years old and his son is 18 years old. A third man was charged with tampering with evidence.
The victim had a dispute with a group of people earlier that day. The group of people were driving a Jeep Cherokee. Later someone from the Jeep fired several rounds using a rifle. The victim who was in another vehicle was shot and killed. You can read more about the case in this story.
Murder is a First Degree Felony. First Degree Felonies are punishable from 5 years to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine up to $10,000.
I am not privy to anymore of details to this case, other than what has been reported in the local paper. Under Texas law one cannot shoot and kill someone just because of an argument.
The Texas Penal Code is clear in Section 931 (b)The use of force against another is not justified:
(1) in response to verbal provocation alone; However, the affirmative defense of self defense can be used in cases where force is used.
However, a person is justified in using force against
another when and to the degree he reasonably believes the force is
immediately necessary to protect himself against the others use or
attempted use of unlawful force.
Again, I am not sure of the details in the case discussed above, but it would appear there may be more to the case than has been published. Other questions that may arise would likely be who the shooter was and why were two people charged. Was the other person charger the driver of the Jeep and if they were, did they even know that the shooter was planning to commit this murder, if it was in fact a murder. Criminal cases are rarely cut an dry. There are always different perceptions of reality.
If you are someone you know has found themselves in the unfortunate position of being charged murder and find themselves needing a Murder Attorney in Houston, call Texas Board Certified Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.