Phil Banks, Amy Banks, and David Barron represented Kevin Godfrey and secured the dismissal of Capital Murder charges stemming from the 2012 death of Hearne City Councilmember Charles Workman. Godfrey was facing life without the possibility of parole if convicted of Capital Murder. He accepted a plea to 15 years on a non-aggravated Arson case. He has served almost three years, so he is already eligible for parole.
Workman was found dead in his residence on September 12, 2012, having been shot seven times. Godfrey was found at a crime scene the day before where Workman’s white Jaguar was set on fire. Attorney Phil Banks said, “Our client maintained his innocence in the Capital Murder charge throughout the case, but admitted his guilt in the arson. I am thankful that the District Attorney had the integrity to plea him to the crime he was actually guilty of committing.”
Attorney Amy Banks said, “Kevin is a young man with no adult criminal history. Now, rather than dying in prison, he will have the opportunity to contribute to society.”
The dismissal of a Capital Murder charge is extremely rare.
Banks & Banks is proud to fight for people, like Kevin Godfrey, who are falsely accused of a crime, and will relentlessly seek justice.
Phil Banks, Amy Banks, and Joe Patranella are attorneys in Brazos County, Texas.