Forth Worth – On June 11, 2013, WFAA – TV (Channel 8) ran a
story on the high profile murder case involving the grandson of billionaire
oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens. Channel 8 sought attorney Alband's legal
opinion on the case due to his five years spent in the District Attorney's
Office as well as his experience as a Dallas-Fort Worth
criminal defense attorney.
The segment explained how a Texas Christian University (TCU) student has
been indicted in the 21-year-old's death. According to Channel 8 News,
a Tarrant County grand jury charged Brennan Trainor Rodriguez with one
count of felony murder, a second count of manslaughter, a third count
of tampering with evidence and a fourth count of delivering a controlled
substance that resulted in death.
The 21-year-old Thomas "Ty" Boone Pickens died after he was rushed
to Forth Worth hospital on January 29th. The cause of death was later
ruled as a heroin overdose by the medical examiner. The affidavit is alleging
that Rodriguez injected Ty with heroin, which ultimately caused his death.
Channel 8 News interviewed our very own Navid Alband about the case where
he stated that if prosecutors move ahead with a full fledge murder trial
instead of pursuing lesser counts, and prosecutors are not able to convince
a jury that Rodriguez injected Pickens with a fatal dose of heroin as
prosecutors contend, then all bets are off. Alband said that if the jury
feels like the prosecutor is piling on charges when they shouldn't
be, the jury will punish them for that. Alband said that in the end there
is a deceased person and you can never discount the fact that there is
one. Alband noted that it's unlikely that Rodriguez will walk away
from this case. In a statement to the press Ty's family said that
they are grateful that Ty was not a heroin user or addict.
Rodriguez, a 21-year-old TCU student was first arrested on March 11th after
his cousin had provided a written statement that indicated Rodriguez hid
marijuana brownies and paraphernalia in a maintenance closet across from his apartment
on Rogers Road when Pickens was transported to the hospital. Investigators
later charged Rodriguez with tampering with evidence and he was released
on $5,000 bond shortly thereafter. His cousin also told the police that
he saw Rodriguez inject Pickens with heroin, who was found unconscious
the following morning.
If Rodriguez is convicted, he faces up to life in prison on the
murder charge, up to 20 years for the
manslaughter charge and up to 10 years in prison on the counts for tampering with evidence
and delivering a controlled substance that resulted in death. To watch
the full interview, click here.