A 20-year-old Texas man has been charged with killing his girlfriend just hours after she celebrated her 19th birthday. The woman's badly disfigured body was discovered by San Antonio Police Department officers on Camp Bullis Road at about 12:51 a.m. according to reports. Officers are said to have located the body by tracing the origin of a cellphone call made by the woman to her mother just minutes before she died.
An indictment against a 34-year-old nurse who worked at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler details accusations of murder and assault. Investigators have attributed the deaths of two patients to the nurse and also charged him with two aggravated assaults. According to the indictment, he injected air into the arterial catheters of seven patients. These allegedly intentional acts killed two people and induced vegetative states in two more patients.
Unsolved murders continue to be a serious concern in Texas and across the country. In 2016, the national clearance rate for murders declined to 59.4 percent, the lowest rate since the FBI has tracked nationwide investigations. This rate measures the percentage of murders that are solved with an identification or arrest of a suspect. This means that over 40 percent of murders across the country -- thousands of cases -- are currently going unsolved.
The 17-year-old student accused of shooting classmates and faculty at Santa Fe High School was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Aug. 9. In the indictment, the teenager was charged with capital murder, a crime that carries an automatic life sentence under Texas law. The charges also included aggravated assault of a public servant which he received for allegedly shooting and wounding a police officer. The Santa Fe High School shooting in May was the deadliest mass murder in the U.S. since the Parkland shooting in Florida in February.
An individual who is charged with first-degree murder in Texas could face decades in prison or even a death sentence. The severity of the penalty handed down depends on the facts of the case as well as the criminal record of the defendant. Sentences are often more severe for those who committed murder while also committing another offense such as rape or arson.
A Texas man has been charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting his wife and a friend to death at the couple's home on June 10. Authorities were reportedly called to the Poth home, located in the 400 block of Carrol Street, at about 12:30 a.m.
One in six women and one in 19 men around the country have been plagued by a stalker at least once according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the data suggests that the perpetrators in the vast majority of these cases in Texas and across the U.S. were individuals who the victims either knew or had been romantically involved with. Only one in eight female stalking victims reported being harassed by a stranger.
Officers with the Plano Police Department have charged a 45-year-old maintenance man with capital murder in the death of an 81-year-old woman. The man is also facing charges of attempted murder and robbery for attacks that were committed on two other elderly women.
It's no secret that the taking of property that belongs to another is a crime. Theft and burglary are typically the crimes related to property that first come to mind for most people. However, another fairly common crime related to illegally obtained property or money is extortion. Texas law treats extortion as a felony, and the consequences are severe.
Texas residents may be interested to hear that the murder rate in Houston was estimated to be down by 20.5 percent in 2017. This is part of a downward trend for both crime overall and violent crimes in particular. Violent crimes are forecast to drop by .6 percent according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The overall crime rate is expected to drop by 1.7 percent in 2017.