HCSO point 7 MPs killed: Judge holds Adolfo Serrano for 60 days without liability after he was accused of killing an officer in a fire accident

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A suspected drunk driver accused of killing a District 7 deputy police officer appeared in court for a hearing on Friday.

According to Sean Teare of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Adolfo Serrano faces a minimum of 15 years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of a peace officer while intoxicated.

On Friday, the court agreed to hold Serrano without commitment for 60 days, after which it will be re-evaluated.

At the next hearing, Teare expects to ask for a sizable multimillion-dollar bail, considering Texas law allows a person to be held without bail for 60 days.

“For more than two decades,[Serrano]has shown that he will continue to violate the community in one way or another. And it’s about time this stopped,” Teare said.

Court documents show Serrano had a DWI conviction from Brazoria County back in 2014. He was also convicted of assaulting a family member in Fort Bend County in 2009.

“We offer our prayers to the family (of the deputy),” Serrano’s defense attorney David McClure said. “I would urge everyone to keep an open mind, not jump to conclusions and let the process take its course.”

At Monday’s hearing, a judge found a probable cause against 36-year-old Adolfo Serrano, the driver accused of being intoxicated when he crashed into Deputy Police Officer Jennifer Chavis on April 2.

Serrano was granted bail for $750,000, although prosecutors did not ask for bail and did not show up for Monday’s court hearing.
“I don’t know Adolfo Serrano’s current driver’s license status, but the fact that he continued to drive without a valid Texas license at the time makes me question the extent to which Mr. Serrano would comply with the pre-trial bail conditions. ‘ a judge said on Monday.

On April 2, Chavis attempted to stop the driver and waited in a fully marked squad car at the side of Block 7200 of the South Sam Houston Parkway in Fondren, according to the sheriff’s office.

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“He hit a wall and is driving now. Still, it’s going to be a white work truck,” a 911 dispatcher was heard saying over rangecast audio.

According to deputies, Serrano was driving a Ford F-550 when it was not going in a single lane and hit Chavis in the butt.

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Chavis’ squad car caught fire. A witness who took video of the MP’s car on fire said she heard a big bang before seeing black smoke.

On Monday, officials told ABC13 they went to the hospital to meet with Serrano and said his breath smelled of alcohol, in addition to “red eyes and slurred speech.”

According to authorities, Serrano admitted to officers that he had been drinking an alcoholic beverage prior to the crash.

“The defendant admitted hitting a vehicle which he thought had become stuck on the shoulder and the car immediately burst into flames,” authorities said.

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Officials were able to obtain a blood search warrant against Serrano.

32-year-old Jennifer Chavis was a District 7 MP for a year and a half.

Chavis is survived by a husband, a 4-year-old son and an 11-year-old nephew who she also raised.

According to Serrano’s defense attorney, the suspect has lived in the same house in the Fort Bend area for 15 years with his four children, who are said to be dependent on his support. His attorney added that Serrano had worked as a mechanic for the past six years.

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