Please, explain..Why is the suspect only being charged with assault with a deadly weapon for my family member?

Asked over 3 years ago - Houston, TX

My brother and his best friend were shot a total of 15 times. My brother’s best friend died from the 7 gunshots to his chest. However, my brother was shot 8 times in the legs but, survived. Why is the accuser only being charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon? And not being charged attempted murder for my brother?

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  1. Charles Elwood Soechting Jr.

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    Answered . I am very sorry for what your family is going through.

    While this doesn't make it any better, the reason he is likely being charged with assault with a deadly weapon is most likely because the state can prove that case easier based on the facts. Attempted murder requires premeditation and/or intent to cause the death- depending on the facts, that could be difficult for the state to prove.

    Good luck to you and your family.

    Although my intent in answering this question is to aid you in the legal process, my answer does not establish an... more
  2. Mario Rojas Madrid

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    Answered . I am sorry to hear about your friend and brother.

    Murder is a first degree felony that has a range of punishment of 5-99 years or life. Both Aggravated Assault and Attempted Murder are second degree felonies and carry the same range of punishment of 2- 20 years in TDC. Aggravated Assault is easier for the State to prove. Attempted Murder would not change the range of punishment and may be harder for the State to prove.

  3. Cynthia Russell Henley

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    Answered . Attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon are the same level of offense - second degree felonies. It is easier to prove intent on an assault with a deadly weapon than on an attempted murder. Since the result is the same, it makes sense to charge AADW.

    Although I have answered the question to try to help you, you should consult with a lawyer in your area in person... more

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