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Cullen Davis: A Night of Murder for the Richest Man in Texas

In his latest Caprock Chronicle, Chuck Lanehart uncovers the drama, crimes and trial of Cullen Davis. The son of a legendary oilman who inherited a fortune, Davis created a lavish lifestyle in Fort Worth until it came crashing down. On the night of August 2, 1976, Cullen would be accused of attempted murder of his…

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Claiming Self Defense for a Texas Criminal Trial

If you have been accused or charged with capital murder, murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide or assault in Texas, know your ability to claim self defense. The legal strategy has become popular, as it often finds a sympathetic jury in Texas. Unlike other states, self defense is further decided by a grand jury during the…

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Chuck Lanehart Speaks at Hale County Bar Association

It was a pleasure today to speak to the Hale County Bar Association about my book, “Tragedy and Triumph on the Texas Plains.” I think Plainview only has about a dozen lawyers, but they invited their entire office staffs, and both District Judges showed up with their court staffs. DA Wally Hatch brought about a…

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Lubbock’s First Execution, Capital Murder of a Sheriff

Chuck Lanehart details the murder, trial, manhunt and execution of Lubbock County’s first execution in Voice for the Defense online. Notable for not only being the first criminal defendant charged in Lubbock to be executed, but for the heinous crime against the Sheriff of Dicken’s County. Previously we covered Virgil Stalcup in a blog article…

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Fred Stangl Secures Plea Deal for Criminal Defendant

Fred Stangl is in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, after prosecution accepted his client’s guilty plea to Criminally Negligent Homicide. The charge has a recommended sentence of up to 2 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. However, as a result of Fred’s plea bargaining, his defendant received an 18-month sentence to be served at…

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Sexual Assault Case Dismissed for Client of Fred Stangl

Relationships can be messy and can occasionally end in criminal charges. Whether you are accused of a crime by a one night hookup or a long term partner, hiring an experienced defense attorney is required. The charges sound serious for a reason. Sexual assault, more commonly known as “rape” has serious consequences in Texas if…

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Caprock Chronicle: Did Jack Brown Kill His Parents

A Murder Conviction Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty In a recent Caprock Chronicle, Chuck Lanehart explores the infamous case of Jack Brown, who was accused of murdering his parents in 1967. The case grabbed attention in Lubbock as Jack Brown was only 25 years old at the time. He and his parents were considered wealthy, popular…

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Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Dismissed by Grand Jury

A Floydada couple were accused of assaulting a cashier at Allsup’s in Idalou during New Year Eve’s Weekend. Each were charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second degree felony in Texas. The maximum penalty is 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. In Texas, a grand jury is required to…

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Another Satisfied Client Earned Deferred Adjudication

Real Clients. Real Results. Every month, our law firm receives handwritten letters and in depth emails from actual clients. Some are sharing feedback on a successful trial or a recent decision in their favor. Other clients write to us years later, giving us an update on their lives, successful careers and families. This feedback is…

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Caprock Chronicle: Landmark Case on Defendant’s Right to Attorney

In this week’s Caprock Chronicle, Chuck Lanehart shares background on a landmark case involving criminal defense attorneys throughout Texas. The story begins in East Lubbock after a brutal murder of 3 victims in 1987. Four black men were indicted for capital murder. Chuck Lanehart and Carlton McLarty were appointed by the court to represent one…

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