Capital Murder

Capital Murder

If you or a loved one is charged or indicted for Capital Murder you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you through the process. Capital Murder is loosely described as Murder plus another element. There are various ways the State of Texas can charge a person with Capital Murder. The legal team at Townsend | Gebhardt | Eppes has the experience to handle the most serious of criminal offenses.

 

In Texas a person commits capital murder if he intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual and:

 

1)       the person murders a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and who the person knows is a peace officer or fireman;

2)       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;

3)       the person commits the murder for remuneration or the promise of remuneration or employs another to commit the murder for remuneration or the promise of remuneration;

4)       the person commits the murder while escaping or attempting to escape from a penal institution;

5)       the person, while incarcerated in a penal institution, murders another: who is employed in the operation of the penal institution; or with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination;

6)       the person while incarcerated for an offense under this section or Section 19.02, murders another; or while serving a sentence of life imprisonment or a term of 99 years for an offense under Section 20.04, 22.021, or 29.03, murders another;

7)       the person murders more than one person during the same criminal transaction; or during different criminal transactions but the murders are committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct;

8)       the person murders an individual under 10 years of age;

9)       the person murders another person in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a judge or justice of the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a criminal district court, a constitutional county court, a statutory county court, a justice court, or a municipal court.

 

Texas Penal Code section 19.03

 

Capital Murder as described above is a capital felony of the first degree. If you are charged or indicted for Capital Murder you are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. The importance of having an experienced criminal defense attorney when facing life in prison is never greater. Contact the legal team at Townsend | Gebhardt | Eppes today.

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