A lamenting Texas mother has torn a stupendous jury after it would not charge the one who killed her 9-year-old girl when he started shooting subsequent to being the survivor of a burglary.
“What’s going on with every one of you folks?” Gwen Alvarez asked after the choice not to charge Tony Earls, 41, who police say discharged the shots that killed fourth-grader Arlene Alvarez, accepting his looter got into her family’s pickup.
“There are a ton of kids kicking the bucket. Our future is biting the dust. … Where is the humankind? Where could your heart be? Where could your spirit be?”
Lords had started shooting in the wake of being ransacked at gunpoint at a Houston ATM on Valentine’s Day while with his significant other, police and examiners said.
Yet rather than stirring things up around town, a slug pierced the Alvarezes’ pickup as they went to supper, striking the 9-year-old young lady in the head. She passed on the following day.
Earls was originally charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, but the grand jury ruled against pressing charges because he was also a victim of a crime. The decision means he cannot be charged again.
“He gets to see the light. My daughter still doesn’t,”
Alvarez’s mom said at the emotional press conference.
“My daughter is still down, underground. I don’t know if she is even good spiritually,”
she said, saying she is haunted by watching her daughter getting fatally shot in front of her.
“I lived that moment, and I go back to that day every night. And I know what happened,”
The dead girl’s aunt, April Aguirre, said the family feels
“defeated because they so quickly came to a decision that we don’t agree with.”
“Arlene was murdered, and we will never get her back,”
“Arlene will forever be frozen in time as a fourth-grader. She will forever be 9.”
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg admitted that the grand jury’s decision was
“very difficult for the Alvarez family to accept.”
“Our hearts go out to the Alvarez family because Arlene’s death is a tragedy that is unimaginable,”
She said her office was
“focusing all of our efforts on finding the suspect who set this chain of events in motion,”
with a $30,000 reward for the armed robber whom Earls had allegedly tried to stop.
Earls’ attorneys told ABC7 in a statement that they were
“happy with the grand jury’s finding in this case,” praising the “careful deliberation”
“Mr. Earls did what we believe anyone in that situation would have done,”
said the attorneys, Brennen Dunn and Myrecia Donaldson.
“We are relieved that, despite the emotion and tough decisions that had to be made in dealing with this case, justice was served for Mr. Earls.”
“there is no greater loss than that of a loved one, and we continue to grieve for the loss of such a beautiful soul,”
Earls’ attorneys said.
“While that life weighs heavy on us, we are happy with the grand jury’s finding in this case.”