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


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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