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Defenses to the charge of manslaughter in Texas

Most states differentiate between the charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, depending on the defendant's actions and their effects. Texas makes no such distinction. Instead, additional penalties are imposed upon anyone found guilty of manslaughter under certain circumstances, such as when the act was committed while the defendant was in a state of intoxication.

Defense options for first-degree murder

When a Texas resident is accused of first-degree murder, they are essentially being accused of willfully and deliberately killing a person. There must also be evidence that the accused person planned the murder before taking action. There are two major categories of defense: claiming that the accused person was not involved in the murder and claiming that the accused person did kill the person in question but did not commit first-degree murder.

The differences between first- and second-degree murder

When a Texas resident is accused of killing another, they may be charged with murder. However, there are several different charges that may be filed against a person, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. In order to be charged with second-degree murder, the person must be accused of intentionally killing another person.

Man will appeal "American Sniper" conviction

Attorneys for the man convicted of killing "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend say they will appeal his conviction on the grounds that he could not get a fair trial in the small town of Stephenville, Texas. The man's attorneys felt that exposure to the blockbuster film, "American Sniper," based on Kyle's autobiography, combined with Kyle's hero status in his local community, had unfairly biased the local jury against their client.

3 Texas teens accused of committing robberies

On Dec. 19, it was announced that Texas authorities reportedly took three people accused of being involved in a string of armed robberies and a car theft into custody. Authorities claimed that the three teens robbed several people at gunpoint in the Harris County area.

2 arrested in connection with alleged apartment fire homicide

Dallas residents may be interested in the story of two people who are facing murder charges in Fort Worth. Police allege that the two people are connected with the death of a woman in an apartment fire in November.

Paper publishes explosive charges against Dallas judge

The Dallas Morning News today published a lengthy article filled with explosive charges against a civil court judge. The newspaper accuses the 44-year-old jurist of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as alleging that he used illegal drugs and frequented prostitutes.

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