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THE LAW (TEXAS STATE STATUTES)
CAPITAL MURDER
Felony

Death penalty

One Count
Title 5. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON

CHAPTER 19. CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

§19.03. Capital Murder

(a) A person commits an offense if he commits murder as defined under Section 19.02(b)(1) and:

(1) the person murders a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and who the person knows is a peace officer or fireman;

(2) the person intentionally commits the murder in the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, or obstruction or retaliation;
"PARTY TO THE OFFENSE"
  Title 2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY

CHAPTER 7. CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONDUCT OF ANOTHER

§7.02. Criminal Responsibility for Conduct of Another

    (a) A person is criminally responsible for an offense committed by the conduct of another if:
        (1) acting with the kind of culpability required for the offense, he causes or aids an innocent or nonresponsible person to engage in conduct prohibited by the definition of the offense;

        (2) acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense;
    Seven convicts who escape from a Texas prison allegedly shoot a police officer during their six weeks on the lam    
   
  • Texas v. Newbury

  • Prison break

  • Crime Library's report
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  • Capital murder
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  • KKTV interview excerpt during standoff
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  • Serious Incident Review

  • This report analyzed the prison break and concluded that the prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape
  • Missing Items

  • The Texas Seven stole personal items from inmates and prison employees such as clothing, credit cards, cash and even a Blockbuster card before their escape
  • Stolen Tools

  • Guns, hacksaws and screwdrivers were among the tools and weapons missing from the Connally Unit Prison after the escape, according to this inventory
  • KKTV Excerpts

  • During a six-hour standoff with police, Newbury and Murphy called into a CBS affiliate in Colorado and gave five-minute interviews
  • Newbury's Indictment

  • Authorities can't be sure who actually fired the bullet that killed Police Office Aubrey Hawkins, but Newbury and his cronies were all charged with capital murder
  • Rivas Instructions

  • Jurors deciding whether to hand a death sentence to Texas Seven ringleader George Rivas were given these instructions before deliberations
       
     

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