Judge sets bail at $2 million for man charged with Lauren Juma’s murder

A Texas man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter while his partner was out of town was being held on $2 million bail Monday.

Van Brisbon, 60, made his first appearance in court in Harris County on Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of Lauren Juma.

Over the weekend, a probable cause judge set Brisbon’s bail at $1 million, but that amount was doubled after worrying new details emerged during Monday’s hearing.

Prosecutors said when Brisbon exited the 20400 block of Canton Trace Lane in Humble early Friday, he was seen pulling up his pants, KHOU11 reported.

When officers entered the scene, they found Lauren lying dead with her pants down, prosecutors said.

Investigators have requested a forensic rape examination on Lauren’s body as evidence suggests the teen may have been sexually assaulted before she was gunned down, ABC13 reported.

Briscon could face increased charges if the test finds he raped the girl.

Lauren’s older sister, Keryca Harmon, told reporters in court that the 16-year-old FaceTimed her and her mother, Laurie Young, around 1 a.m. and told them she wanted to leave Brisbon.

Lauren Juma
Lauren Juma was shot dead at her home after allegedly being held captive by her mother’s boyfriend.

“She just said he was really weird and wanted me to pick her up,” Harmon told KHOU11.

Harmon, 19, went to pick up her sister from the house but she said Brisbon held the teenager captive.

Lauren asked her mother on FaceTime to tell Brisbon, who was her boyfriend of five years, to leave her room, which the woman did. The teenager then yelled, “Mom, he’s got a gun!”, according to court records. After that, the conversation was disconnected.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies, called to the scene by Harmon, were approaching the home when they heard two gunshots.

They arrested Brisbon and described him as uncooperative.

Van Brisbon
Van Brisbon is held on a $2 million bond.

Young said she doesn’t understand what happened that night between her daughter and her boyfriend, who she said always treated the teenager “like she was his baby.”

“He can rot in prison,” the mother said of Brisbon. “He had no reason to take my baby’s life.”

Brisbon’s niece appeared in court wearing a shirt with Lauren’s face on the front and said her uncle must be held accountable for his actions.

Lauren Juma
Brisbon left the house and pulled up his pants.

“I love my uncle to death, I swear, but I’ll never understand how he did this to Lauren,” the niece said through uncontrolled sobs.

Lauren’s father told Fox 26 that Lauren was a sophomore at Nimitz High School. Her dream was to join the military or become a police officer when she grew up, he said.

The father added that his daughter is hardworking and sweet. In addition to her parents, she leaves behind her three sisters and one brother. Judge sets bail at $2 million for man charged with Lauren Juma’s murder


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