Continuing Threat of Violence to Society Factors

In Keeton v. State, 724 S.W.2d 58, 61 (Tex. Crim. App. 1987), the Court outlined eight factors that the jury may consider in determining whether the defendant poses "a continuing threat of violence to society." The Court said that the factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the circumstances of the capital offense, including the defendant's state of mind and whether he was acting alone or with other parties; (2) the calculated nature of the defendant's acts; (3) the forethought and deliberateness exhibited by the crime's execution; (4) the existence of a prior criminal record and the severity of the prior crimes; (5) the defendant's age and personal circumstances at the time of the offense; (6) whether the defendant was acting under duress or the domination of another at the time of the commission of the offense; (7) psychiatric evidence; and (8) character evidence. Id.