Capital Murder

Dependable lawyer in Austin

Capital murder is a serious offense, and if you’ve been implicated in this type of crime, you need to be paired with a good lawyer. If the verdict finds you guilty, it could result in a death sentence or life in prison without the chance of parole. This kind of criminal law is extraordinarily complex, and Keith S. Hampton understands the nuanced interpretation of the law and has proved himself capable of taking on the toughest cases time and time again.  

An attorney with U.S. Supreme Court experience

Texas is known for its unforgiving law, and currently holds the highest record for executing prisoners. If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an attorney who has the skills and experience to form a successful and vigorous defense. Keith S. Hampton offers more than 25 years of criminal defense experience and successfully handled many death penalty cases. He has even defended clients in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Saving lives from execution

Keith S. Hampton utilizes his excellent legal skills to save clients, and has even saved two clients from death row within one year, feats that very few criminal defense attorneys can match:
  • Kenneth Foster–(Foster v. Quarterman, 446 F.3d 359 (5th Cir. 2006)) was literally just a few hours from execution when his life was spared by the governor. His sentence was commuted to life in prison. This case received a good deal of coverage by the press.

  • Scott Louis Panetti–(Panetti v. Quarterman, 127 S.Ct. 2842 (2007)) was tried and sentenced to death but his life was spared because he was mentally ill and did not have the competency to understand why he was going to be executed. This is a famous case that is still being litigated in the courts.
Capital murder is discussed extensively by the Texas Penal Code Section 19.03. A person can be charged with capital murder when a child under age six, or a fireman, police officer, prison employee, or other peace officer, is murdered. Capital murder may also be charged when a murder is committed during certain serious crimes or felonies including:
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Arson
  • Terrorist threat
  • Murder committed for compensation
  • Escape from prison
  • Another murder
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