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What is Capital Murder in Texas?

Probably the harshest penalties in the Texas justice system are reserved for those convicted of capital murder. Capital murder is the most severe type of killing that is described in the Texas Penal Code. According to §19.02(b)(1) a person commits capital murder if he or she murders a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty. In this situation, the violent offender must be fully aware that the victim is a peace officer or foreman at the time of the killing.

Also, individuals can be charged with capital murder if they intentionally commit a murder in the course of committing a kidnapping, burglary, aggravated sexual assault, arson, terroristic threat, or another major crime. For example, if an individual is kidnapping a child, and then shoots one of the parents when they attempt to stop the murder, they are guilty of capital murder. Also, if a person commits a murder for the remuneration or promise of remuneration, this is considered capital murder.

Capital murder also includes murders committed while a person is attempting to escape from a penal institution, or when incarcerated individuals murder another inmate, or a person employed at the penal institution. Also, if a person murders more than one person during the same criminal transaction, or murders a child under the age of six, these also constitute capital murder charges.

The penal code also rules that if a person murders another person on account of the service or status of the other person as a judge or justice in a court, then this is considered a capital felony. In many cases, capital murder offenses can result in the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. If you have been charged with capital murder, don't hesitate to contact an attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for representation. You may be able to prove that you are innocent of your crime with the help of a hardworking and dedicated lawyer at the firm. Call today.

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