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  1. 15 Jul '10 10:46
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7108831.html

    Police say 'various injuries' led to boy's death

    By PEGGY O'HARE

    July 14, 2010, 10:05PM

    Autopsy results revealed Wednesday that a 6-year-old boy beaten for hours died from multiple blunt force trauma, with one Houston Police Department homicide investigator comparing the child's injuries to those seen in victims of fatal car crashes.

    Tea'Karrous "T.K." Jackson was bruised from head to toe — even on the bottoms of his feet - after enduring an eight-hour discipline session at his father's one-room apartment in Houston's East End, said HPD Sgt. Brian Harris.

    "It's not going to be any one thing that caused his death," Harris said Wednesday. "It's a series of various injuries. It's as if someone would have been in a massive car accident."

    The autopsy found that the boy suffered an injured kidney, fractured ribs, damage to his stomach and a hematoma on his head, Harris said. The child also had marks on his back and buttocks that were consistent with being hit with a belt, Harris said.

    After the beating, which police said began when Jackson didn't fall asleep as his father instructed, the boy was taken to Texas Children's Hospital, where he died at 4:05 a.m. Sunday.

    ...

    Not capital murder

    The child's father, Alex McGowen Duncan, 34, is charged with murder and remains in the Harris County Jail with his bond set at $50,000. Prosecutors could not charge him with capital murder, which would make him eligible for the death penalty, because T.K. was 6½ years old, Harris said.

    According to law, suspects accused of killing a child can only be charged with capital murder if the victim is 6 years old or younger.

    ...
  2. 15 Jul '10 10:55
    ...

    T.K. had always lived with his birth mother, but he asked to spend the summer with his father, who had not been involved in much of the boy's life. His mother, who has no criminal history, never married the boy's father.
  3. 15 Jul '10 11:07
    Kid dies of domestic violence. What do you wish to discuss?
  4. 15 Jul '10 15:46
    in what universe does capital murder stop at victims aged above 6?
  5. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    15 Jul '10 15:55
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    in what universe does capital murder stop at victims aged above 6?
    I don't think capital murder stops at age 6. I think (know, actually) there are many grounds for capital murder, one of them being if the victim is a young child. That ground may be what is limited to that age.
  6. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    15 Jul '10 17:33
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    in what universe does capital murder stop at victims aged above 6?
    In the "universe" where the Universal Legislature so decrees it.
  7. 15 Jul '10 18:11
    Originally posted by sh76
    I don't think capital murder stops at age 6. I think (know, actually) there are many grounds for capital murder, one of them being if the victim is a young child. That ground may be what is limited to that age.
    state laws differ.
  8. 15 Jul '10 18:16
    "charged with capital murder of a person under 6 years of age"

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/28/2298570/sanger-man-indicted-on-capital.html#ixzz0tmB5KxCK

    A Denton County grand jury has indicted a Sanger man on a capital murder charge in the beating death of a 3-year-old Bowie boy who he was babysitting for his girlfriend while she went to a hospital to have a baby.

    Grand jurors returned the indictment against Curtis Leon Copeland, 26, on June 17 in Denton in the death of Jesse Fisher.

    Copeland is charged with capital murder of a person under 6 years of age. He was in the Denton County Jail on Monday in lieu of $500,000.

    The Denton County district attorney’s office has not decided on whether to seek the death penalty, said Denton Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck on Monday.

    ...

    The boy suffered a head injury, a broken vertebra, a broken hip and bruises all over his body, in addition to having been sexually assaulted, officials have reported.

    ...
  9. 15 Jul '10 18:16
    Originally posted by no1marauder
    In the "universe" where the Universal Legislature so decrees it.
    under 18 sounds a lot better. maybe they'll hunt down the legislators who put the limit at 6.
  10. 15 Jul '10 18:22 / 1 edit
    although they managed to find time to build in exceptions for murdering attorneys (judges, etc.)

    http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/19.03.00.html

    § 19.03. CAPITAL MURDER. (a) A person commits an offense
    if the person commits murder as defined under Section 19.02(b)(1)
    and:
    ...
    (8) the person murders an individual under six years
    of age; or
    (9) the person murders another person in retaliation
    for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a
    judge or justice of the supreme court, the court of criminal
    appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a criminal district
    court, a constitutional county court, a statutory county court, a
    justice court, or a municipal court.
    (b) An offense under this section is a capital felony.
    (c) If the jury or, when authorized by law, the judge does
    not find beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of
    an offense under this section, he may be convicted of murder or of
    any other lesser included offense.
  11. 15 Jul '10 18:24
    and abortionists

    http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/19.06.00.html

    § 19.06. APPLICABILITY TO CERTAIN CONDUCT. This chapter
    does not apply to the death of an unborn child if the conduct
    charged is:
    (1) conduct committed by the mother of the unborn
    child;
    (2) a lawful medical procedure performed by a
    physician or other licensed health care provider with the requisite
    consent, if the death of the unborn child was the intended result of
    the procedure;
    (3) a lawful medical procedure performed by a
    physician or other licensed health care provider with the requisite
    consent as part of an assisted reproduction as defined by Section
    160.102, Family Code; or
    (4) the dispensation of a drug in accordance with law
    or administration of a drug prescribed in accordance with law.
  12. 15 Jul '10 18:25


    http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/19.07.00.html



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  13. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    15 Jul '10 18:32
    Capital punishment laws and their enforcement are arbitrary and capricious so trying to make sense of why some conduct is thought death worthy by certain legislatures and some is not by different legislatures is a futile exercise.

    Most countries not under the influence of ancient religious dogmas have cut the knot and abolished this barbaric practice.
  14. 15 Jul '10 18:38
    Originally posted by no1marauder
    Capital punishment laws and their enforcement are arbitrary and capricious so trying to make sense of why some conduct is thought death worthy by certain legislatures and some is not by different legislatures is a futile exercise.

    Most countries not under the influence of ancient religious dogmas have cut the knot and abolished this barbaric practice.
    the murderers and their defenders are winning!

    http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_01.html

    Murder Victims
    by Race and Sex, 2008

    Race Total Sex
    Male Female Unknown
    Total 14,180 11,059 3,078 43
    White 6,838 4,934 1,903 1
    Black 6,782 5,752 1,028 2
    Other race 321 215 106 0
    Unknown race 239 158 41 40
  15. 15 Jul '10 18:40
    US executions in 2008: 37

    http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/executions-in-2008/