- Jul 9, 2020
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I've been critical in regards to the case, but I wouldn't expect her to be dealt with leniently. She might for instance take a plea to Manslaughter, which if that was done it wouldn't be out of leniency but more a matter of the prosecutor weighing the certainty of that conviction against the gamble of how the jury would take the evidence if it went to trial where that bird in the hand might be worth it.
Yes, but wouldn’t manslaughter charges be too low for someone who gunned down a defenseless girl and shot her multiple times, leaving her to bleed to death?
Texas ManslaughterChapter 19 of the Texas Penal Code defines the crime of manslaughter. Section 19.04 states that a person commits manslaughter if “he recklessly causes the death of an individual.” In order to be considered reckless, a person must be aware of the risk surrounding their conduct or the results that could occur, but consciously disregard that awareness. This crime does not require an element of premeditation, intent, or knowledge; it requires only that a person was reckless.
Texas does not differentiate between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter like most other states. However, Texas does provide a separate offense of “intoxication manslaughter” and “vehicular manslaughter” that each comes with its own set of definitions and penalties.
In Texas, manslaughter is included in a set of crimes known as criminal homicide. It includes crimes such as murder, capital murder, and criminally negligent homicide. A person commits criminal homicide if he kills another person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence...