Son murdered outside nightclub parking lot

My son was murdered on December 23, 2006 in a night club parking lot, in Houston, Texas. What is the statue of limitations in the state of Texas.

Asked on June 11, 2009 under Accident Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

From the criminal side - there is no statute of limitations in any state for murder; from the civil side - there is a 2 year statute of limitations for wrongful death.

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

There are two different types of lawsuits that are possible here, a criminal prosecution to send the murderer to prison or death row, and a civil suit for money damages for wrongful death.

I'm not a Texas lawyer, but my research suggests that, like most states, Texas has no statute of limitations on a murder prosecution.  Whoever is guilty of murdering your son can be prosecuted literally as long as he's still alive.  Unfortunately, it also looks like the limitation on filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years, which has now run out.


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