Statute of limitations laws set a limit for prosecuting certain crimes. The criminal charges must be filed within the time period specified or they cannot be filed at all. The reason these laws are in place is so that evidence that has deteriorated over time is not used to make convictions.
Being convicted of murder can result in very serious penalties in Texas that include the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. Police are searching for a man who they believe shot and killed three people and wounded two others in an apartment building recently. The 25-year-old man now faces capital murder charges in the Nov. 20 incident. In addition, he has a prior criminal record, which could impact this case.