Diamond Alvarez murder: Family demands return of 17-year-old murder suspect Frank Deleon Jr

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The family and friends of Diamond Alvarez, 15, marched in downtown Houston Wednesday morning, demanding justice for the murdered teenager.

Houston investigators believe Alvarez was gunned down by her boyfriend, 17-year-old Frank DeLeon Jr, in a neighborhood park on January 11 after she discovered he was cheating, according to Houston investigators. court documents.

Despite the gruesome charges, DeLeon Jr was charged with murder and allowed to post a $250,000 fine and got out of jail on January 19. He returned home to await his court date.

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In response, Alvarez’s family marched, protested, and demanded that DeLeon Jr.’s bond be revoked. The family told ABC13 they are saddened DeLeon Jr is not tied and fear for their safety as he lives in the same neighborhood as them.

Anna Machado, Alvarez’s mother, said: “I couldn’t sleep. “Watching the camera. Hearing any noise, I woke up. I couldn’t sleep.”

One online recommendations has garnered more than 24,000 signatures. Houston-based advocacy group FIEL Houston also joined the family in the march for justice.

“We must have a level playing field in our criminal justice system,” said Cesar Espinosa, executive director of FIEL Houston.

Alvarez’s family argued that DeLeon Jr should never have been discharged because he was found with his luggage on him and that, in their opinion, made the suspect a dangerous person on the flight. fly.

“Why is he free? Her life is only worth $250,000? To us, it’s worth a lot more because we don’t even get justice. He’s free, and he lives in the same neighborhood as his mother’s family So why is he free The family has been harassed Why hasn’t he broken the bond yet We demand justice for ( Alvarez)”, said Bianca Mejia, Alvarez’s aunt.

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Sandra Thompson, a professor of Criminal Law at the University of Houston Law Center, said judges are required to provide reasonable bail for all defendants with a few exceptions.

“Some factors a judge may consider when setting bail are the age of the defendant, criminal history, and potential threat to the victim or the public,” Thompson said. other pending cases and if the defendant is a risk-taker in flight.”

Historically, judges in Harris County, according to Thompson, have made bail requests of $50,000 for defendants facing murder charges. Both Thompson and ABC13 legal expert Steve Shellist said that based on the bail schedule, $250,000 would be considered a high bond.

“The judge may have thought that person wouldn’t have access,” Thompson said. “Now one of the challenges is that bondholders don’t claim the full amount, they never have. Let’s assume it’s 10% but we’ve heard of bondholders setting it as low as 2 % and so the judge does not know how much. Shellist said: “

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Mejia said they are not going to give up and want to see a change that really works for the criminal justice system.

“We are asking for bail bonds not only for money,” Mejia said, “Not just asking for a property and not just asking for 10%. (Alvarez)’s life is not worth 10% Her life is worth more than a piece of property. We demand justice for (Alvarez). “

Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office sent the following statement regarding the family’s request:

“We are completely focused on getting justice for (Alvarez). We are fully in favor of getting violent criminals off our streets and we will do everything in our power to do so. to convict the accused of this heinous murder and bring justice to her (Alvarez) family, friends, and the entire community.”

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