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
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.