Long complicated story, but highlights the issues with our criminal justice system and how a violent, repeat offender, should not have been free on bond for Capital Murder. Harris County deserves better.**
The violent suspect who was arrested last night for pistol whipping an innocent woman, car jacking her, and leading our officers on a high speed chase endangering officers and the community, was out on bond for Capital Murder.
But as always, there is more to the story. He was arrested in 2015 for Agg Robbery, he was also arrested in Hidalgo County in 2016 for Assault on a Public Servant. The DAs office rightfully asked for No Bond on the Capital Murder, but Judge Robert Johnson (177th) would inexplicably give a 100k bond months later.
But wait there is more. He received deferred for his Assault on a Public Servant in Hidalgo, he violated the terms of that deferred and was given two years in TDC in April of 2019 and was subsequently transferred to TDC on May 15th. On May 8th, 2019 his bond was forfeited on the Capital Murder charge because of his arrest in Hidalgo.
For unknown reasons Judge Robert Johnson would later reinstate his bond on June 20th despite the mountain of evidence that he is a threat to public safety. We have no idea how he is free (time served? Parole?), when he was sentenced to two years in April.
To make a long story short, this violent, repeat offender, never should have been free in the first place to terrorize that victim last night or endanger the lives of our officers. Harris County deserves better.