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Texas Tech Law Students Learn the Art of Storytelling


     The Criminal Law Association and Professor Pat Metze hosted Mr. Tyrone C. Moncriffe, Houston-based attorney, on Thursday, September 14. Students filled the room to hear about the art of telling a client’s story.

     3L Bailey McGowan found it especially beneficial as a clinical program student. “Telling my client’s story is of the utmost importance. Mr. Moncriffe’s presentation was truly a capstone in my education on what it means to be a better advocate.”

Man convicted of killing Bellaire police officer sentenced to death


     A jury decided the punishment Tuesday for the man convicted of killing a Bellaire police officer and an innocent bystander in 2012. Harlem Harold Lewis III was sentenced to death. The verdict was returned after about 12 hours of deliberation.


     Twelve jurors - nine men and three women - unanimously agreed that Lewis should pay with his own life for shooting and killing Cpl. Jimmie Norman, 53, and Maaco shop owner Terry Taylor, 66, at the end of a police chase on Christmas Eve.


Verna McClain pleads to killing mom, taking baby

     A Houston woman accused of killing a mother and abducting her newborn son last year avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty Tuesday and accepting a sentence of life without parole.


     Verna McClain was awaiting trial on a capital murder charge for the April 2012 fatal shooting of 28-year-old Kala Golden-Schuchardt. Authorities say McClain ambushed the new mother outside a pediatric clinic in the Houston suburb of Spring and snatched her 3-day-old son, Keegan, after shooting her.

Houston dad who killed 3-year-old son sentenced to life in prison


A Houston dad convicted of killing his 3-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.


Roderick Fountain, 37, was found guilty of murder Wednesday in the 2006 death of Kendrick Jackson.


In punishment-phase testimony Thursday, jurors heard from former New Orleans police officer Wayne Farve, who recounted the 2000 murder of a 16-year-old boy. Fountain was accused and arrested in that case, but was later released and never charged because the witness recanted his statement.



Guilty verdict for man accused in double murder

Jurors have reached a guilty verdict in the capital murder trial of a former prison guard accused of killing his wife and mother-in-law. The double murder case of Albert Turner captured national attention after Keitha Turner and her mother, Betty Jo Frank, were found murdered. Turner was featured on 'America's Most Wanted.' Last week, he finally went on trial and today there was a verdict.


The jury unanimously found Albert Turner guilty of capital murder. They deliberated less than three hours before returning the verdict.


Attorney laments 'stain of injustice' in Fort Bend murder case


A Fort Bend County district judge will preside over a sentencing hearing for a convicted murderer on Friday -- one day after the defense attorney, in a twilight-hour effort, attempted to call for a new trial altogether. 

Attorney Tyrone Moncriffe on Thursday argued that his client, 22-year-old Corey Demond Coleman, had been treated differently than usual in proceedings. Why? Because a relative of the murder victim works in the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities arrested Coleman on Oct. 4, 2013 on suspicion of fatally shooting 20-year-old George Kemp, Jr., with a firearm. The first trial against Coleman ended last October in a hung jury. A new jury convicted him earlier this year.

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