Many times, individuals are judged based upon who they associate with. If one associates with a group of individuals suspected of being part of a gang or participating in criminal activity, then it is common for the public and even some law enforcement officials to assume that the individual is part of this too. Texas law enforcement officials are now on the hunt for one such individual whom they believe to have committed murder on two separate occasions.
According to police reports, this 20-year-old man is accused of killing a 16-year-old boy in 2016. It is believed that this boy was witness to several murders allegedly committed by gang members associated with the accused. Officers also claim that he killed a member of the gang to which he is believed to be a part. Witnesses apparently claim that they saw the young man shoot a gun at the deceased.
There is no doubt that gang activity is a problem throughout Texas. However, the fact that someone knows individuals who are members of gangs does not automatically mean that the individual in question is also a member. Additionally, it does not indicate that the individual is guilty of crimes associated with such a gang.
In a situation in which an individual is accused of murder, a strong defense is vital in making sure that the individual’s rights are protected. Experienced legal counsel will be able to review the evidence and provide insight into the best way to approach the charges. This guidance will be invaluable as the accused answers to these charges before a Texas judge.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “MS-13 gang member on the run from Houston on two murder charges“, Margaret Kadifa, July 27, 2017