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Violent Crimes Archives

Factors used during sentencing in first degree murder cases

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.

Man faces capital murder charges in 2-person shooting

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.

Information technology has made stalking more common

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.

Texas man charged with capital murder, suspected of more

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.

What is extortion?

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.

Crime rates likely went down in 2017

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.

Texas man charged with murder of ex-wife

A 44-year-old Texas man is facing charges of first-degree murder after his ex-wife's body was discovered. The 37-year-old woman disappeared as Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, and her body was found in Chambers County. She was last seen on Aug. 25 in her boyfriend's living room. She left to go pick up her children from her ex-husband with whom she shared custody. Her family became alarmed when after she sent some text messages, they did not hear from her again.

Woman convicted of stabbing husband gets 27 years in prison

On Aug. 24, a Texas woman who was convicted for stabbing her husband and then staging a home invasion was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Throughout the trial and the sentencing, the woman's attorney continued to maintain her innocence. The husband was reportedly found stabbed to death while the woman, the man's wife, was found tied up in a closet the next day.