Charges have been dropped against the man arrested for stabbing an 11-year-old boy to death in north Houston. Josue Flores was on his way home from Marshall Middle School last week when a man originally suspected to be Che Calhoun fatally stabbed him for no identifiable reason. Aided by witnesses and several tips, U.S. Marshals arrested Calhoun Wednesday, but the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is now saying that Calhoun is no longer a suspect. So why was he arrested and paraded before the local media? Well, you can thank faulty eyewitness ID for that.
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Another Harris County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired this year — and no, it’s not for having an inappropriate relationship with the key witness in the shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth. Police have arrested former deputy Jose Ramirez for misuse of official information, which is a felony, after Ramirez was caught conducting random license plate checks outside his wife’s game room so he could alert her if anyone coming inside was a police officer. Looks like that didn’t work out too well for Ramirez.
A United Airlines pilot has been accused of running brothels in a half dozen office or apartment buildings across Houston. Fifty-one-year-old Bruce Wayne Willis is charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution and engaging in organized crime. Prosecutors said during his probable cause hearing that Willis charged women $400 a week to solicit sex through his operation using online advertisements. About six to ten women were at each makeshift brothel, according to prosecutors.
The case of Jessica Cain, the 17-year-old who went missing 19 years ago, has finally come to a close. On Friday, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced that the bones found in a horse pasture just south of Houston nearly a month ago do in fact belong to Cain.
Getting stuck in the Harris County Jail because you can’t afford to pay the bail amount listed on a chart can have immediate consequences that can be worse than losing a job or a scholarship. In the past, a diabetic was booked without access to insulin, leading him to vomit dozens of times until he passed out three days later. A man arrested for visiting with his children for too long during a scheduled visit was smothered to death by guards in riot gear after they accused him of creating a weapon from a smoke detector.
And last week, according to authorities, two inmates beat a man to death in a holding cell. He was in jail for less than 48 hours.
Nineteen years ago, a young graduate student studying criminology at the University of North Texas disappeared just after her class toured the Denton Police Department. The student, Kelli Cox, had locked her keys in her car and called her boyfriend to come pick her up. When he arrived, she was gone.
This week, the investigation finally came to a close when forensic experts identified remains found in a field along Highway 288, about 30 miles south of Houston, as belonging to Cox. Cox’s suspected killer, William Reece, had led authorities to the dig site, telling them that this was where he had buried Cox and, nearby, also 17-year-old Jessica Cain in 1997.
John Domingues rushed to the corner of Francis and Sampson, in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward, as soon as he heard the call for “shots fired” crackle over his police radio. It was just after midnight when Domingues pulled up near the row of shotgun houses and saw Jason Rosemon, a fellow Houston Police Department officer, standing at the north end of the street. When Domingues stepped out of his cruiser, he could see what Rosemon was staring at: Kenny Releford, 38, was on the ground bleeding from two gunshot wounds.