Criminal Courthouse Verdicts, News and Nuggets

 

Jeff Ross Attorney     (Published February 1, 2017)   I am Attorney Jeff Rossa former prosecutor and thirty-four-year veteran defense lawyer –  and I created this blog to acknowledge the excellent work of my attorney colleagues, to inform their family, friends, clients and the public of their fine accomplishments, to put a face on their names to add to camaraderie at the criminal courthouse and to have a little fun with my jury panel art.

I inform the public the results of all criminal trial verdicts, along with other news and nuggets from the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston, Texas. Thanks for connecting with us and we hope you enjoy my blog!   Email:  jeffross486@yahoo.com 

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FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

 

 

Angela Johnson Weltin

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  ANGELA JOHNSON WELTIN  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 185th District Court  – Cause Number 1525987

Murder

Presiding Judge –  Susan Brown 

 

 

Andrea Koch

Congratulations to Prosecutors ANDREA KOCH (top) and CHERYL CHAPELL for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 262nd District Court  – Cause Number 1526158 and 1526128

Aggravated Robbery and Evading Arrest with Vehicle    Cheryl Chapell

 

 Sentence – 30 Years and 5 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Denise Bradley 

 

 

Dave Brucker

Congratulations to Prosecutor DAVE BRUCKER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 177th District Court  – Cause Number 1530454

Murder  

 Sentence – 30 Years Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Robert Johnson 

 

 

Bethany Belisle

Congratulations to Prosecutor BETHANY BELISLE for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 7  – Cause Number 2156351

Driving While Intoxicated  

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/$300 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Pam Derbyshire 

Court Reporter – Krista Hall 

 

 

Hope Williams Smith

Congratulations to Prosecutor HOPE WILLIAMS SMITH for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 10  – Cause Number 2127621

Driving While Intoxicated  

 Sentence – 15 Months Probation/$300 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Leslie Yates 

Court Reporter – Leah Leal   Leah Leal

 

 

 

Grant Scheiner   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney GRANT SCHEINER for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1554263 – 174th – Failure to Stop and Render Aid    

 

 

Cary Higginbotham Hart   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CARY HIGGINBOTHAM HART for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1555867 – 180th – Assault Family Member       

 

 

Tammy Thomas   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney TAMMY THOMAS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1570068 – 208th – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle     

 

 

 

Alexis Bruegger   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ALEXIS BRUEGGER for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1561058 – 228th – Assault Family Member     

 

 

Michael Edwards   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MICHAEL EDWARDS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1551957 – 232nd – Evading Arrest with Vehicle    

 

 

David Ryan   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID RYAN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1550476 – 337th – Possession of Controlled Substance       

 

 

Larry Douglas   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LARRY DOUGLAS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1553836 – 232nd – Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity     

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

 

 

Bayoji Akingbola

Congratulations to Prosecutors BAYOJI AKINGBOLA (top) and SHERIN DANIEL for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 184th District Court  – Cause Number 1549176

Assault Family Member     Sherin Daniel

 Sentence – 10 Years in Prison/ $10,000 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Jan Krocker 

 

 

Brittney Aaron

Congratulations to Prosecutors BRITTNEY AARON (pictured) and LISA COLLINS for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 338th District Court  – Cause Number 1490487

Murder 

 Sentence – 99 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Ramona Franklin 

 

 

Gilbert Sawtelle

Congratulations to Prosecutors GILBERT SAWTELLE (pictured) and ANTHONY ROBINSON for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 185th District Court  – Cause Number 1433944

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE

Murder 

 Sentence – 50 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Belinda Hill 

 

 

 

Reese Campbell

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  REESE CAMPBELL  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 14 – Cause Number 2159725

Prostitution

Presiding Judge –  Mike Fields 

Court Reporter –  Serena Pace 

 

 

 

Shannon Baldwin

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  SHANNON BALDWIN  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 16 – Cause Number 2104537

Cruelty to Animals

Presiding Judge –  Darrell Jordan 

Court Reporter –  Mubarek Oladejo 

 

 

Cary Higginbotham Hart   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CARY HIGGINBOTHAM HART for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2049627 – CCL2 – Assault Family Member       

 

 

Jorge Cantu   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JORGE CANTU for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2049628 – CCL2 – Assault Family Member     

 

 

Celenne Beck   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CELENNE BECK for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2177537 – CCL14 – DWI       

 

 

Lott Brooks   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LOTT BROOKS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1549934 – 176th – Aggravated Robbery    

 

 

Dan Simons   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAN SIMONS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1571600 – 248th – Possession of Controlled Substance       

 

 

Stephanie Martin   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney STEPHANIE MARTIN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1566481 – 339th – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle     

 

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

 

 

David McClure   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID MCCLURE for earning trial setting dismissals for your client – Case Nos. 2162297-2162298 – CCL1 – DWI and Failure to Stop and Give Information      

 

 

Landon Keating   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LANDON KEATING for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1988363 – CCL1 – Assault     

 

 

Lisa Andrews   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LISA ANDREWS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1536640 – 182nd – Assault Family Member       

 

 

Cheryl Irvin   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CHERYL IRVIN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1532231 – 182nd – Evading Arrest with Vehicle      

 

 

Akilah Bacy   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney AKILAH BACY for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1522413 – 339th –  Assault Family Member      

 

 

Jill Lansden   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JILL LANSDEN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2083039 – CCL2 – Assault Family Member     

 

 

Paul Valdivieso   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney PAUL VALDIVIESO for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2141305 – CCL12 – DWI        

 

 

Ericon Garza   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ERICON GARZA for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1548776 – 183rd – Criminal Mischief $2500 – $30K    

 

 

Herman Martinez   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney HERMAN MARTINEZ for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1564699 – 185th – DWI with child <15      

 

 

James Reed   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JAMES REED for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1569694 – 230th – Assault on a Public Servant    

 

FEBRUARY 17, 2018

COURTHOUSE STATISTICS

 

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL TRIAL VERDICTS

February 1, 2017 – February 16, 2018

 

 

DEFENSE ATTORNEY STATISTICS

January 1, 2018 – February 16, 2018

A Compilation of Not Guilty Verdicts, Mid-Trial Dismissals, Trial-Setting Dismissals and some Felony Dismissals

 

 

 

Celebrity Jury Panel by Jeff Ross – February 12, 2018 – Race Car Driver Danica Patrick making her pitch to the jury consisting of (front l-r) Prosecutor James Hu, Defense Attorney Gregg Dasher, Honorable Judge Kristin Guiney, Race Car Driver Jeff Gordon, Defense Attorney Taly Thiessen, Prosecutor Chris McKinney and (back l-r) Defense Attorney Marcus Fleming, Defense Attorney Brock White, Prosecutor Urvashi Morolia, Prosecutor Kim Ikegbunam and Prosecutor Kaitlin Kaufmann

 

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

 

 

Andy Beall

Congratulations to Prosecutor ANDY BEALL for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 208th District Court  – Cause Number 1463841

Continuous Sexual Abuse of Child 

 Sentence – 70 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Denise Collins 

 

 

Michael Hanover

Congratulations to Prosecutor MICHAEL HANOVER for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 9  – Cause Number 2131636

Driving While Intoxicated  

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/$300 Fine   

Presiding Judge –  Sherman Ross 

Court Reporter –  Tavis Jacks 

 

 

Mark Correro   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARK CORRERO for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1487184 – 176th – Sexual Assault      

 

 

Mark Lipkin   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARK LIPKIN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1544574 – 230th – Theft 3rd Offender     

 

 

Thalia Dubose   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney THALIA DUBOSE for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2104556 – CCL5 – DWI        

 

 

Enrique Ramirez   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ENRIQUE RAMIREZ for earning dismissals for your client on felony charges  – Case Nos.  1553217-1553218 – 177th – Assault Family Member    

 

 

Lucio Montes   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LUCIO MONTES for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1569825 – 180th – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle      

 

 

Riddhi Desai   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney RIDDHI DESAI for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1547887 – 183rd – Felon in Possession of Weapon    

 

 

 

Thomas Lewis   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney THOMAS LEWIS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1561753 – 230th – Tampering with Evidence    

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

 

 

 

Stephanie Martin

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  STEPHANIE MARTIN  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 174th District Court – Cause Number 1492840

Failure to Comply as a Sex Offender

Presiding Judge –  Hazel Jones 

 

 

Janna Oswald

Congratulations to Prosecutor JANNA OSWALD  for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 178th District Court  – Cause Number 1484980

Aggravated Sexual Assault 

 Sentence – 20 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Kelli Johnson 

 

 

 

Collin Evans

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  COLLIN EVANS  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in the 179th District Court – Cause Number 1492490

Assault on a Public Servant

Presiding Judge –  Randy Roll 

 

 

Bailee Beilman

Congratulations to Prosecutors BAILEE BEILMAN (pictured) and ERIKA RAMIREZ for GUILTY VERDICTS in the 176th District Court  – Cause Numbers 1524884-1524885

Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Evading Arrest with Vehicle

 Sentence – 12 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Nikita Harmon 

 

 

Tyler Flood   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney TYLER FLOOD for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2157978 – CCL3 – FSGI     

 

 

Maverick Ray   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MAVERICK RAY for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1553461 – 179th – Retaliation    

 

 

William Van Buren   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney WILLIAM VAN BUREN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1564185 – 179th – Theft $2500 – $30K      

 

 

Paul Doyle   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney PAUL DOYLE for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1542193 – 232nd – Impersonating a Peace Officer    

 

 

 

John Oronsaye   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JOHN ORONSAYE for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1556949 – 337th – Burglary of Habitation    

 

 

Brian Benken   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BRIAN BENKEN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1567964 – 208th – Failure to Comply as a Sex Offender    

 

 

 

Fred Dahr   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FRED DAHR for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1576630 – 208th – Aggravated Assault    

 

 

David Ryan   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID RYAN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1533136 – 178th – Possession of Marijuana 4oz – 5lbs     

 

 

Mike Monks   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MIKE MONKS for earning dismissals for your client on felony charges  – Case Nos.  1523574-1523575 – 178th – Possession of Controlled Substance    

 

 

Myron Davis   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MYRON DAVIS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1551064 – 178th – Assault Family Member    

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

 

 

 

Zachary Lee

Congratulations to Prosecutor ZACHARY LEE for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 5 – Cause Number 2141618

Driving While Intoxicated       

 Sentence – 15 Months Probation/ $200 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Margaret Harris 

 

 

John Papantonakis   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JOHN PAPANTONAKIS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1547649 – 180th – Evading Arrest with Vehicle    

 

 

Edward Okwueze   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney EDWARD OKWUEZE for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1568247 – 180th – Evading Arrest with Vehicle      

 

 

Matt Horak   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MATT HORAK for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1556861 – 208th – Credit Card Abuse    

 

 

 

Robert Scardino   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ROBERT SCARDINO for earning dismissals for your client on felony charges  – Case Nos.  1547848-1547849 – 228th – Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Controlled Substance    

 

 

Walter Miller   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney WALTER MILLER for earning dismissals for your client on felony charges – Case Nos.  1567137-1567138 – 228th – Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances    

 

 

 

Thomas Lewis   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney THOMAS LEWIS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1576318 – 248th – Aggravated Assault    

 

 

Lisa Shapiro   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LISA SHAPIRO for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1574957 – 248th – Continued Violence Against Family     

 

 

Herman Martinez   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney HERMAN MARTINEZ for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1562663 – 339th – Aggravated Assault    

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

 

 

 

Joseph Dumas

Congratulations to Prosecutor JOSEPH DUMAS for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 2 – Cause Number 2165174

Driving While Intoxicated       

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/ $500 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Paula Goodhart 

 

 

 

Joe Bramanti

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JOE BRAMANTI  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 14 – Cause Number 2167276

Assault

Presiding Judge –  Mike Fields 

Court Reporter –  Serena Wagner 

 

 

Kate Ferrell   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney KATE FERRELL for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2142894 – CCL9 – DWI      

 

 

Carlos Rodriguez   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CARLOS RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1520144 – 177th – Assault Family Member      

 

 

Abigail Anastasio   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ABIGAIL ANASTASIO for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1570883 – 176th – Possession of Controlled Substance    

 

 

Brandon Cammack   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BRANDON CAMMACK for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1571768 – 176th – Evading Arrest with Vehicle      

 

 

Reed Brooks   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney REED BROOKS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1566584 – 176th – Tampering with Evidence    

 

 

 

Abigail Anastasio   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ABIGAIL ANASTASIO for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1563205 -176th – Evading Arrest with Vehicle    

 

 

Charles Brodsky   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CHARLES BRODSKY for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1575176 – 248th – Injury to a Child    

 

 

 

Karen Barney   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney KAREN BARNEY for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1566421 – 248th – Possession of Controlled Substance    

 

 

Luci Davidson   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LUCI DAVIDSON for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1559666 – 339th – Aggravated Assault    

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

 

 

Keri Fuller

Congratulations to Prosecutors KERI FULLER (top) and TRACI BENNETT for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 184th District Court  – Cause Number 1515314

Capital Murder    Traci Bennett

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE

 Sentence – Life in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Reagan Clark 

 

 

Jed Silverman   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JED SILVERMAN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 1514085 – 182nd – Aggravated Assault      

 

 

Andreea Ionescu   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ANDREEA IONESCU for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2181259 – CCL4 – Prostitution     

 

 

Grace Connelly   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney GRACE CONNELLY for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2163470 – CCL5 – Assault        

 

 

Connie Williams   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CONNIE WILLIAMS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1451131 -208th – Aggravated Assault Family Member    

 

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Celebrity Jury Panel by Jeff Ross – February 5, 2018

Olympic ice skater being scored by (front l-r) Defense Attorney James Padgett,  Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, Defense Attorney Brian Roberts, members of USA Hockey team and (back l-r) Prosecutor Dennis Green, Defense Attorney Tristan Legrande, Honorable Judge Hazel Jones, Prosecutor Courtney Kovach and Defense Attorney Jennifer Carpenter.

COURTHOUSE STATISTICS

 

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL TRIAL VERDICTS

February 1, 2017 – February 9, 2018

 

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

 

 

Andrea Koch

Congratulations to Prosecutors ANDREA KOCH (top) and CHERYL CHAPELL for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 262nd District Court  – Cause Number 1534757

Murder    Cheryl Chapell

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE

 Sentence – Life in Prison + $10,000 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Denise Bradley 

 

 

Mark Thiessen   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARK THIESSEN for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2128509 – CCL14 – DWI      

 

 

Rishabh Godha   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney RISHABH GODHA for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1529341 -180th – Felon in Possession of Weapon    

 

 

Nathan Hennigan   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney NATHAN HENNIGAN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1565202 – 230th – Theft $2500 – $30K      

 

 

Gary Tabakman   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney GARY TABAKMAN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1089520 – 230th – Theft $20K – $100K     

 

 

 

Eddie Cortes   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney EDDIE CORTES for earning dismissals for your client on felony charges  – Case Nos.  1556520-1572701 -248th – Burglary of Habitation and Aggravated Assault    

 

 

Bryan Acklin   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BRYAN ACKLIN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1578848 – 337th – Aggravated Assault Family Member      

 

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

 

 

Anthony Osso

Congratulations to Special Prosecutors ANTHONY OSSO (top) and JUSTIN KEITER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 183rd District Court  – Cause Number 1143134

Capital Murder    Justin Keiter

 Sentence – Life in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Vanessa Velasquez 

 

 

 

Ashley Harkness

Congratulations to Prosecutor ASHLEY HARKNESS for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 174th District Court – Cause Number 1474264

Aggravated Robbery       

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Hazel Jones 

 

COURTHOUSE NUGGET

Apparently Assistant District Attorneys – even those who have spent some time prosecuting defendants for traffic violations in the Justice of the Peace Courts – can be fair and impartial jurors (or the defense attorney slipped up).  The number 2 Prosecutor in County Court at Law #11

Tara Parker

TARA PARKER had the privilege of serving as foreman of a jury on a traffic-related charge in the Municipal court.  The jury came back GUILTY on an “Improperly passing an emergency vehicle” charge.    I am sure it was an enlightening experience for Tara.  Now you can use that jury money to buy your Chief Chandler Raine some lunch.  Thanks for serving!

 

My compliments to Prosecutor KELSEY LEIPER who made a compelling and articulate argument to Judge Kelli Johnson concerning punishment after a PSI hearing.  The defendant wanted deferred adjudication and the judge assessed the punishment at 20 years and 25 years in prison.  Nice job Kelsey! – Case Number 1369904-1370009 – 178th District Court.

  

 

 

Kirk Oncken   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney KIRK ONCKEN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1564629 -209th – Assault on a Public Servant    

 

 

Casey Garrett   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CASEY GARRETT for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1485511 – 209th – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle      

 

 

Joe Vinas   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JOE VINAS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1548505 – 232nd – Forgery     

 

FEBRUARY 7, 2018

 

 

Brad Runcie

Congratulations to Prosecutors BRAD RUNCIE (top) and DAVE BRUCKER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 177th District Court  – Cause Number 1513900

Aggravated Robbery    Dave Brucker

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison   

CHANNEL 13 NEWS

Presiding Judge –  Robert Johnson 

 

 

 

Kate Ferrell

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  KATE FERRELL  for a  MID-TRIAL DISMISSAL (after motion to suppress granted) in County Court at Law Number 8 – Cause Number 2136660

Driving While Intoxicated >.15

Presiding Judge –  Jay Karahan 

Court Reporter – Tiffani June 

 

 

 

Juliana Shaw

Congratulations to Prosecutor JULIANA SHAW for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 13 – Cause Number 2149967

Driving While Intoxicated       

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/$500 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Don Smyth  

Court Reporter – Deanne Bridwell  

 

 

 

Jill Lansden

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JILL LANSDEN  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 2 – Cause Number 2146014

Assault Family Member

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon 

 

 

Brent Mayr   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BRENT MAYR for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2140087 – CCL4 – DWI 2nd      

 

 

Juanita Jackson   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JUANITA JACKSON for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2165127 – CCL16 – Interference with Duties of Public Servant    

 

 

Lisa Andrews Alpe   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LISA ANDREWS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1499008 – 183rd – Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance       

 

 

Franklin Bynum   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FRANKLIN BYNUM for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2153115 – CCL5 – Liquor Consumed During Prohibited Hours      

 

 

Ericon Garza   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ERICON GARZA for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2152013 – CCL5 – Assault Family Member     

  

 

 

Diana Olvera   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DIANA OLVERA for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1546744 – 178th – Possession of Controlled Substance    

 

 

Peter Justin   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney PETER JUSTIN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1527125 – 183rd – Possession of Controlled Substance     

 

 

Ericon Garza   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ERICON GARZA for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1567878 – 337th – Aggravated Assault Family Member     

 

 

 

Mark Thering   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARK THERING for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1575317 – 337th – Aggravated Assault Family Member     

 

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

 

 

 

Andreea Ionescu

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  ANDREEA IONESCU  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 8 – Cause Number 2163168

Assault Family Member

Presiding Judge –  Jay Karahan 

Court Reporter – Tiffani June 

 

 

 

Jim Butler

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  JIM BUTLER  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 3 – Cause Number 2146271

Driving While Intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon 

 

 

Harris Wood   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney HARRIS WOOD for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1561538 – 176th – Injury to a Child <15    

 

 

Cheryl Irvin   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CHERYL IRVIN for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1557937 – 228th – Tampering with a Government Record    

 

 

Jules Laird   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JULES LAIRD for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1540194 – 337th – Theft $2500-$30K     

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

 

 

Ashley Guice

Congratulations to Prosecutors ASHLEY GUICE (top) and CHAUNTELLE WOOD for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 174th District Court  – Cause Number 1457192

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child    Chauntelle Wood

 Sentence – 59 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge –  Mike Wilkinson 

 

 

 

David Breston   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID BRESTON for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2145914 – CCL9 – Promotion of Prostitution      

 

 

Tyler Flood   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney TYLER FLOOD for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No. 2153552 – CCL15 – DWI 2nd Offense    

 

 

Fabio Amador   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FABIO AMADOR for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1506268 – 228th – Aggravated Robbery      

 

 

Samuel Gardner   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney SAMUEL GARDNER for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1535919 – 339th – Assault Family Member      

 

 

Michael Moore   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MICHAEL MOORE for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2180962 – CCL2 – Assault      

 

 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JANE CLEMENT for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1522116 – 183rd – Aggravated Assault       

 

 

Clyde Williams   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CLYDE WILLIAMS for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1560956 – 176th – DWI 3rd Offense    

 

 

Jimmy Ortiz   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JIMMY ORTIZ for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1576960 – 337th – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle     

Congratulations to Prosecutor TIM ADAMS for his recent promotion to a #2 prosecutor in County Criminal Court #2!   Tim Adams

 

 

I understand there will be more announcements from the DA next week concerning promotions and moves.

 

FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Celebrity Jury Panel by Jeff Ross

 

Referee/Judge Brad Hart calling a “first down” with Monday morning quarterback jury panel (front l-r) Prosecutor Hunter Brown, Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Entertainer Pink, Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles, Eagles Fan Jon Dumas and (back l-r) Defense Attorney Sedrick Walker, Defense Attorney Brandon Ball, Entertainer Justin Timberlake, Defense Attorney Juanita Jackson, Defense Attorney Emily Detoto and Texans Cheerleader affirming his correct call.

COURTHOUSE STATISTICS

 

HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL TRIAL VERDICTS

February 1, 2017 – February 2, 2018

 

 

COURTHOUSE NUGGET  

January 1 – January 31, 2018

DISPOSED CRIMINAL CASES = 7042

48.5%  –  Received an Appointed Attorney

38.8%  – Hired their own Attorney

12.7%  –  Had no Attorney

(Source – Harris County District Clerk – Online Services – Datasets – CrimDisposMonthly)

 

FEBRUARY 2, 2018

 

 

David Breston   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID BRESTON for earning trial setting dismissals for your client – Case Nos.  2154019-2154020-2154021 – CCL13 – Assault Family Member, Interference with Emergency Call, Theft      

 

 

Tyler Flood   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney TYLER FLOOD for earning trial setting dismissals for your client – Case Nos.  2136093-2136094 – CCL3 – DWI, Fictitious Driver’s License    

 

 

Michael Renfro   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MICHAEL RENFRO for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2143565 – CCL13 – Criminal Mischief      

 

 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney LEE BURROWS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2149853 – CCL3 – Assault Family Member      

 

 

Brandon Leonard   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BRANDON LEONARD for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1561313 – 338th – Assault Family Member    

 

 

Bill Exley   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BILL EXLEY for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1572206 – 208th – Theft $30K – $150K    

 

 

Jimmy Ortiz   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JIMMY ORTIZ for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1564096 – 178th – Injury to a Child     

 

 

 

Daniel Corno   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DANIEL CORNO for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1532601 – 177th – Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance    

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

 

    I hope you have enjoyed my blog over the past year!  I look forward to another year of reporting the very fine accomplishments of my colleagues – our talented, experienced and knowledgeable prosecutors and defense attorneys at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse.  Thank you! – Jeff Ross

 

 

 

Neil Krugh

Congratulations to Defense Attorney  NEIL KRUGH  for a  NOT GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 6 – Cause Number 2154341

Criminal Mischief

Presiding Judge –  Larry Standley 

Court Reporter – Katelyn Harrelson 

 

 

 

Amber Joachim

Congratulations to Prosecutor AMBER JOACHIM for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 1 – Cause Number 2145478

Driving While Intoxicated       

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation/$300 Fine  

Presiding Judge –  Natalie Fleming  

Court Reporter – Karen Bauer  

 

 

 

Dennis Green

Congratulations to Prosecutor DENNIS GREEN for a GUILTY VERDICT in County Court at Law Number 15 – Cause Number 2131696

Driving While Intoxicated       

 Sentence – 3 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge –  Jean Spradling  

Court Reporter – Connie Cole  

 

 

 

Lauren Reeder

Congratulations to Prosecutor LAUREN REEDER for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 230th District Court – Cause Number 1521971

Sexual Assault of a Child      

 Sentence – 60 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Brad Hart  

 

 

Keaton Forcht

Congratulations to Prosecutor KEATON FORCHT for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 248th District Court – Cause Number 1541800

Murder       

 Sentence – 50 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Katherine Cabaniss  

 

 

Ryan McLearen

Congratulations to Prosecutor RYAN MCLEAREN for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 337th District Court – Cause Number 1540276

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child        

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge –  Herb Ritchie  

 

 

 

Jay Gordon

Congratulations to Prosecutor JAY GORDON for a GUILTY VERDICT in the 339th District Court – Cause Number 1460319

Burglary of a Habitation      

 Sentence – 10 Years in Prison  

Presiding Judge – Terry Flenniken  

 

 

Danny Easterling   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DANNY EASTERLING for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  1511278 – 337th – Aggravated Sexual Assault Child <14     

 

 

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney TIM GYFTAKOS for earning a trial setting dismissal for your client – Case No.  2097164 – CCL2 – Assault Family Member      

 

 

Marcos Adrogue   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARCOS ADROGUE for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1526042 – 178th – Burglary of Habitation    

 

 

Fabio Amador   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FABIO AMADOR for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge  – Case No.  1565989 – 180th – Aggravated Assault      

 

 

Marjorie Munoz   FELONY CHARGE DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARJORIE MUNOZ for earning a dismissal for your client on a felony charge – Case No.  1559554 – 180th – Possession of Controlled Substance     

 

 

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Celebrity Jury Panels – Harris County Criminal Courthouse

 


FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Celebrity Jury Panel by Jeff Ross – February 12, 2018 – Race Car Driver Danica Patrick making her pitch to the jury consisting of (front l-r) Prosecutor James Hu, Defense Attorney Gregg Dasher, Honorable Judge Kristin Guiney, Race Car Driver Jeff Gordon, Defense Attorney Taly Thiessen, Prosecutor Chris McKinney and (back l-r) Defense Attorney Marcus Fleming, Defense Attorney Brock White, Prosecutor Urvashi Morolia, Prosecutor Kim Ikegbunam and Prosecutor Kaitlin Kaufmann

 

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Courthouse News September 2017

 

Trent Dressen

September 26, 2017 – Harris County Assistant District Attorney Trent Dressen will be leaving the office after serving for one year and will become an assistant DA in Dallas County.  Trent is getting married this weekend to Ashley Alexander (pictured above) and it was easier for Trent to move to Dallas than for Ashley to move to Houston.  He begins work in Dallas on October 9th.  His comrades threw him a little going away party.   They were happy he was getting married!

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Courthouse News – August 2017

   GUILTY VERDICTLindsey Hovland

08/25/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor LINDSEY  HOVLAND for a Guilty verdict in the 232nd District Court – Cause #1516523

Aggravated  Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by the complainant, and with intent to obtain and maintain control of the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  10 Years Probation   

Presiding Judge – Terry Flenniken 

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Courthouse News – July 2017

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTTiffany Hill   07/31/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney TIFFANY HILL for a Not Guilty verdict in the 176th District Court – Cause #1484553

Assault Family Violence

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand

Presiding Judge –  Nikita Harmon 

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