After prosecutors presented newly
tested evidence, a Harris County grand jury indicted Andre Jackson for murder
in the death of 11-year-old Josue Flores, who was stabbed to death in 2016, District
Attorney Kim Ogg and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Tuesday.
“We have always said we will follow
the evidence, and sometimes a case grows stronger with time, Ogg said. “We look
forward to presenting all the evidence at trial and finally delivering justice
for Josue, his family and the community.”
As grand jury proceedings are secret,
Ogg said she was prohibited by law from discussing details regarding the newly
Ogg was joined at a news conference
by Turner, City Councilwoman Karla Cisneros and Executive Assistant Police
Chief Troy Finner.
“The city has always remained focused
on justice for Josue Flores. I want to thank District Attorney Kim Ogg and the
prosecutors who tirelessly worked this case,” Turner said. “I want to thank
members of the grand jury, who listened and carefully weighed new evidence
presented, and this morning, returned an indictment.”
“Police Chief Art Acevedo and HPD
investigators also deserve credit for staying focused on identifying the main
suspect in the Josue Flores murder,” Turner continued. “To the family, I want
you to know we will remain by your side every step of the way – until this
journey ends in justice for Josue Flores.”
The indictment handed down Tuesday
marks the second time Jackson has been charged with murdering Josue.
Prosecutors asked that murder charge
indictment against Jackson be dismissed in 2017 until and if additional
evidence was found. The judge granted that dismissal.
If prosecutors had proceeded to trial
at that time, and Jackson had been found not guilty, double jeopardy would have
prevented this charge.
However, by dismissing the case
against Jackson at that time, they reserved the right to charge him again
should additional evidence be discovered.
If convicted, Jackson, 30, faces five
to 99 years in prison, or life. He was arrested Tuesday by Houston Police.