Homicide Suspected in Vickery Meadow Death

Homicide Suspected in Vickery Meadow Death

A 19-year-old male was discovered dead in his apartment in Vickery Meadow. Currently, investigators suspect that the death is the result of a homicide. A relative discovered the teenager in the apartment around 11:00 a.m. in Texas. The Dallas County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. If the teen did die of a homicide, an investigation will ensue. The police have not yet released names of suspects that could be involved in the teenager's death.

Homicides are a serious offense in Texas, and they come with extremely weighty penalties. Texas upholds the death penalty, so some individuals charged with murder may be sent to prison to await their death sentence by injection. Others will receive a lifetime in prison for taking the life of another human being. The Texas Statutes Chapter 19 reports that there are several types of criminal homicide recognized in Texas.

Types of homicide include:

  • Murder
  • Capital murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide

Murder is the act of killing an individual. To prove murder, the prosecution must evidence that there was adequate cause or that the action happened in a sudden passion. In Texas, murder occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another and intends to cause bodily injury or commit an act that is dangerous to human life.

Capital murder is a capital felony in Texas, and involves the premeditated killing of another. There are many statutes involved in capital murder, including the possibility of killing a peace officer or a person at a penal institution, or murdering more than one person during the same criminal transaction. Murdering a child under the age of six is also considered capital murder.

Manslaughter is the act of recklessly causing the death of an individual. For example, a person who kills another due to reckless driving, or a person who shoots another by accidentally firing a gun can be charged with manslaughter. Manslaughter is a second degree felony. A criminally negligent homicide is an offense that causes the death of an individual due to complete negligence. This is considered a state jail felony in the state of Texas. If you have been charged with a violent homicide, call the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. Our aggressive Plano criminal defense attorneys may be able to protect you from serious penalties. Call today to learn more!