Murder

Mark Stevens – San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer

There are five types of Criminal Homicide in Texas:  Capital Murder; Murder; Manslaughter; Intoxication Manslaughter; and Criminally Negligent Homicide.  Crimes that result in the death of another person are the most serious of violent crimes. If you are convicted of Criminal Homicide you could be punished by probation, or any sentence of imprisonment from two years to life, or the death penalty, depending on the crime of conviction.  If you are charged with any sort of Criminal Homicide, it is essential that you obtain the best representation possible.  Mark Stevens has handled every type of Criminal Homicide case, both at trial, and on appeal.  Additionally, he frequently speaks and presents papers to other lawyers on these topics around the state.  Some of these papers can be read in the Publications section of this website.  Call our office today to discuss your options.

Trials

State v. A.R. (jury finds woman not guilty of murdering her husband)

State v. T.P. (jury finds woman not guilty of murdering her fiance)

State v. E.O. (jury finds man not guilty of murder by reason of self defense)

State v. L.M. (jury finds 12-year old boy not guilty of manslaughter in death of best friend)

State v. H.H. (jury finds man not guilty of attempted murder for shooting neighborhood bully)

State v. T.J. (jury gives man probation for two counts of intoxication manslaughter)

State v. M.B. (wife found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of her husband)

State v. M.M. (jury finds defendant guilty of lesser offense of manslaughter and imposes 12 year sentence)

State v. M.P. (mother acquitted of the murder of her child, convicted of misdemeanor offense of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to 1 year in jail)

In re C.B. (juvenile acquitted of capital murder, found guilty of lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter)

State v. G.R. (Frio County jury acquitted defendant of murder and convicted of lesser offense of manslaughter)

State v. M.A. (defendant acquitted of capital murder, convicted of the lesser offense of manslaughter, and assessed 5 and a half years imprisonment)

State v. J.B. (defendant acquitted of capital murder, convicted of the lesser offense of murder)

State v. G.P. (jury found defendant not guilty of the capital murder of a police officer, guilty of the lesser offense of murder)

State v. G.P. (following reversal of murder conviction, jury found defendant not guilty of murder, guilty of lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter, and assessed sentence of 20 years imprisonment)

State v. F.S. (Atascosa County jury found defendant not guilty of murdering his wife, but guilty of the misdemeanor offense of criminally negligent homicide, and assessed a sentence of one year in the county jail)

Appeals

Green v. State, 764 S.W. 2d 242 (Tex. Crim. App. 1989)(capital murder conviction and death sentence reversed and new trial ordered because judge made mistakes during jury selection)

Smith v. State, No. 71,010 (Tex. Crim. App. 1991)(capital murder conviction and death sentence reversed and new trial ordered because judge made mistakes during jury selection)

DeFreece v. State, 848 S.W. 2d 150 (Tex. Crim. App. 1993)(murder conviction reversed because trial judge refused to appoint expert for the defense)

Loserth v. State, 985 S.W. 2d 536 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 1998, pet. ref’d)(murder conviction and 25 year sentence reversed and new trial ordered because trial court allowed jury to hear improper identification evidence;  case dismissed)

Jefferson v. State, 783 S.W. 2d 816 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 1990, pet. ref’d)(murder conviction and 50 year sentence reversed and new trial ordered because trial court admitted unlawfully obtained confession)

Brown v. State, 974 S.W. 2d 289 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 1998, pet. ref’d)(murder conviction and 20 year sentenced reversed and new trial ordered because trial counsel was inadequate)

Rivera v. State, 12 S.W. 3d 572 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 2000, pet. ref’d)(murder conviction and life sentence reversed and new trial ordered because of error during jury selection)

Pimentel v. State, 710 S.W. 2d 764 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 1986, pet. ref’d)(murder conviction and 80 year sentence reversed and new trial ordered because of prosecutor’s erroneous and prejudicial argument)

Garrett v. State, 749 S.W. 2d 784 (Tex. Crim. App. 1986)(conviction for murder and 35 year sentence reversed and judgment of acquittal entered because evidence was insufficient to prove knowing killing)