The result of electing Democrats: a “career criminal” kills 3 as a drunk driver
‘Career criminal’ … killed 3 family members
Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reported that the man who killed a grandmother, a mother, and a baby had been charged 14 times (7 of which were dismissed).
Prosecutors are asking for no bond for the man accused of driving high and causing a crash and fire that killed three people, including an infant, in northwest Harris County.
Gregory Smith, 30, is charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle. Records listed him in Harris County Jail Thursday afternoon.
Family members identified the three victims killed in the crash at Antoine Drive and Beltway 8 on Wednesday afternoon as Piedad Soriano, her daughter Diana Escobar and Escobar’s baby, Ricardo Junior.
A relative told KHOU 11 an 11-year-old girl thrown from the van is recovering from a concussion and bumps and bruises.
Precinct 4’s Constable called that girl’s survival “miraculous.”
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows an SUV T-boning the family’s van after hitting another car. The van almost immediately burst into flames.
“That was one of the most tragic scenes that I’ve been out on, and you know that I’ve been out on a lot of them,” said Sean Teare, Chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division.
Teare said his office is still waiting on Smith’s toxicology results, but based on what Precinct 4 deputies saw, he said, “our indications are that it was something other than alcohol, some illicit drugs.”
Teare believes that drug is probably PCP, the same drug prosecutors say Smith was high on in a DWI case filed in July 2019.
At the time of Wednesday’s crash, Smith was not only out on bond for that charge, but also for a May 2019 charge of assaulting a public official.
“This individual is a career criminal,” said Constable Mark Herman of Harris County Precinct 4 during a news conference Thursday morning.
Constable Herman said Smith had 14 other charges filed on him since 2017, with seven of those dismissed.
Harris County DA’s office records show eight total convictions for Smith, including two felonies.
(Read more at KHOU)
Since Gregory Smith had committed fourteen offenses (including driving while intoxicated), why did the judge release him on bond?
Why did the judge in this case allow someone go when they had a record that would be termed by a law enforcement professional as a “career criminal?”
Man wanted in deadly shooting in Houston was out on bond in separate felony cases
Houston NBC affiliate KPRC reported that a suspected murderer was out on bond for two other violent felonies when he shot a clerk.
A Texas Department of Criminal Justice parolee wanted for a deadly shooting in the Acres Homes area of Houston was just charged with two other felonies 10 days earlier, but made bond, officials said.
The TDCJ parole warrant, which gives authorities the right to detain parolees believed to be in violation of their parole, came four days after the suspect, Demondrian McWright, 29, posted bond, according to Andy Kahan, director of Victim Services for Crime Stoppers of Houston.
“If the parole board had issued a warrant while he was arrested, that is the most powerful warrant in the state. He would have been locked up no matter how low the bond that was issued by the court,” Kahan said.
Kahan said the Saturday night murder of Gerald Nash, 36, outside at a convenience store at 2500 W. Little York, was completely preventable.
McWright appears to have made the combined $30,000 bond on Jan. 17, 2020. The TDCJ revocation warrant was issued Jan. 20, according to Kahan. The murder was committed Jan. 25.
“TDCJ is still looking into this specific case and investigating. Circumstances surrounding all pre-revocation warrants are investigated before issued,” said Jeremy Desel, director of communications for TDCJ.
(Read more at KPRC)
Hat tip to Houston CrimeStoppers on Demondrian McWright.
Why did the judge allow Mr. Wright to post bond?
Because Mr. Wright had previously acted violently with guns, why did the judge show leniency toward him? Other than the idea that the judge might be unfit for the bench due to overwhelming liberal, feel-good tendencies, there seems to be little reason that the judge relented and allowed this felon back onto the streets to murder an innocent clerk.
Derek Moreno assaults a pregnant woman while he is out on bail
As shown by the Houston CrimeStoppers Fugitive Friday posting for 31 January 2020, Derek Moreno assaulted a pregnant woman while on bail for burglary and two other convictions. His record included five felonies and eight misdemeanors prior to the attack of the pregnant woman.
Other charges against Derek Moreno were reported to include trespass, drugs, attempted retaliation or obstruction of justice, driving while intoxicated, assault of a family member, theft of a firearm, and criminal mischief.
Did Mr. Moreno’s need for freedom justify the harm done to the pregnant woman?
I would like to ask one question of the social justice Democrat judges of Harris County: Did we really need to have this felon on the streets?
The Houston Police Department and CrimeStoppers push for changes that will stop judges from allowing murderers on the street
A 22 October 2019 article at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC points out how the Houston Police Department and CrimeStoppers have teamed up to work for reform in the bail system.
Law enforcement officials say there is an ongoing public safety issue in Harris County due to a broken bond system that allows for violent offenders to be easily released back on the street.
Crime Stoppers of Houston victim advocate Andy Kahn said there is a staggeringly high number of violent offenders on the street.
“There are roughly around 3,000 defendants currently out on bond for aggravated offenses included capital murder, murder aggravated robbery and aggravated assault,” Kahn said.
He said many of the violent offenders have committed more crimes while out on bond. Kahn said the recent murder of taco truck owner Enrique Ayala was at the hands of 21-year-old Anthony Conway who was out on bond for assault.
District Attorney Kim Ogg is pushing for change amid a federal lawsuit calling for bond reform that doesn’t address the issue of violent offenders released on low cash bonds or PR bonds.
“We need a legislative fix — to remove cash bail from constitution to allow preventive detention,” Ogg said.
Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for a change in the bond system to prevent dangerous and violent offenders from being released.
(Read more at KPRC)
While I stand for bond reform, this is hypocritical
I am not yet completely versed in the minutia of liberal law enforcement politics, I know that Art Acevedo has called for gun control for law abiding citizens (which would put us at the mercy of felons that his party has been releasing). I have also read that numerous officers have complained that Kim Ogg has been too lenient on felons. Therefore, when these two complain, all I hear is a hollow, liberal ring.
Cite and Release program started by Democrat Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
The Houston Chronicle reported in a 3 February 2020 article that the Harris County Sheriff’s office would start issuing citations for some offenses (like $2,500 of graffiti or $750 of theft).
Harris County law enforcement officials on Tuesday will begin a “cite and release” program that treats some misdemeanor charges like court citations for speeding tickets, just days after the district attorney’s office said it could not fully comply with the initiative.
The program, which applies to six charges handled in Harris County’s misdemeanor courts, comes amid countywide discussions about bail reform and over-incarceration, as well as District Attorney Kim Ogg’s repeated requests that Harris County Commissioners Court fund more prosecutors for her office.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is the first policing agency in the area that is reported to be participating in the program approved by a working group that includes judges. After voicing concerns in a letter to the sheriff, Ogg’s office agreed to the new procedures.
Ogg’s office sent the Chronicle a copy of the letter but declined further comment.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez noted that Harris County is behind the curve on using cite and release, as other Texas counties began employing it after the state Legislature in 2007 authorized such programs. The hope is that fewer bookings will allow deputies to have more time to patrol neighborhoods, while people who are eligible can stay with their families and keep going to work, he said.
“This administrative policy should help reduce our pre-trial county jail population and provide local costs savings to taxpayers,” the sheriff said. “Citations can divert lower risk individuals from detention, reserving limited space and resources for more dangerous individuals.”
The class A and B misdemeanor charges that apply are criminal mischief, $100-$750; graffiti, $100-$2,500; theft, $100-$750; theft of service $100-$750; contraband in a correctional facility; and driving while license invalid.
If a resident is stopped on one of those offenses, the sheriff’s office will run a check for active warrants and contact the district attorney’s office to see if the person is eligible for cite and release, according to an internal memo about the procedures.
Once prosecutors accept the charges, the deputy completes the citation as long as it’s signed off by the defendant. The suspect is given a court date on the spot and then released.
(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)
Considering all that you have read, what are the chances that criminals will game this system?
Do you think that there will be a rash of $750 thefts if the only consequence will be a ticket? Do you think that graffiti will blossom under this more lenient program?
If you, the tax payer, find that a thug has painted graffiti over $2,500 your restaurant’s billboard, will you be mad when the sheriff’s deputy just writes a ticket and lets the thug go? When the thug comes back later and steals $750 worth of food, will you be incensed when all the thug gets is a second ticket?