In Texas, the district courts have original jurisdiction for all criminal felony cases. If an individual is convicted of a capital felony, he or she may be subject to punishment by death, if the State sought such punishment.
In other words you try'em we fry 'em. (state motto as seen on the men's room wall of a Mr. Big Buns). As in the electric chair. Yep.
In the Knee household we embrace that philosophy, minus the death part of course.
We had an inmate fry on the fence just yesterday.
Here is a mug shot of the accused (Penny) in her cell awaiting trial.
Her canine correctional officer (Jean Knee) worked for thirty days to rehabilitate her while on probation. The accused refused to get with the program. Probation was revoked.
The trial was held on Saturday. Her attorney, Lean, regaled the court with tales of the defendant's positive community involvement. The defendant was shown to be Man's Best Friend, showering her family with love, playing fetch, and plopping down for tummy pets.
The prosecution, Drew, presented the court with eyewitness testimony and photos of the defendant assaulting a family member.
Neighborhood witnesses have seen the defendant digging in flower beds and running with local gangs.
Penny was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to yard arrest. She was fitted with a Petsafe collar to insure her compliance. The court was adjourned and family members returned to their home. Seconds later a yelp was heard. The inmate was discovered, stunned looking in the side yard.The Petsafe collar had delivered a terrifying shock when Penny attempted to escape over the fence. We were at once both horrified and amused.
No friends, in Texas crime does not pay. Shocking I'd say.