Dimitrios Pagourtzis Santa Fe Shooting

School shooting

Santa Fe High School shooter remains mentally incompetent to stand trial, further dragging on 5-year-old case

Posted on · A judge in Galveston County ordered Dimitrios Pagourtzis, charged with capital murder of multiple persons and aggravated assault of a public servant in a 2018 school shooting in the Houston area, to remain at a state-run hospital for up to 12 more months.

Andrew Hanen Courtroom

Criminal Justice

Woman who ran former Houston bar Puerto Alegre pleads guilty to sex trafficking crimes

Posted on · Maria Dolores Botello-Morales, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, according to federal court records. Some of her relatives face similar charges.

Congregation Emanu El

Religion

Judge revokes bond for woman accused of desecrating Houston synagogue Congregation Emanu El

Posted on · Ezra Law, 33, is accused of criminal mischief in a place of worship after allegedly breaking into the South Houston synagogue on Jan. 14 and then returning a few days later. A judge has ordered her to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Judge Gavel

Police

Former Texas DPS trooper Lee Ray Boykin found guilty of using authority to sexually assault women, prosecutors say

Posted on · A jury determined that Boykin deprived two women of their rights when, while on duty as a law enforcement officer in August 2020, he coerced them to perform oral sex in a parking lot in Houston.

Taqueria Shooting Red Truck

Houston

Grand jury to determine whether to bring charges against Houston taqueria customer who shot attempted robber

Posted on · The 46-year-old man who shot and killed a suspected robber last week at a Southwest Houston taqueria met Monday with the Houston Police Department, which said the case is being referred to a Harris County grand jury.

Ted Cruz Astros Game

Houston

Grand jury dismisses charges against Houston Astros fan accused of throwing beer cans at Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted on · Joseph Arcidiacono, 33, had been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly throwing unopened beer cans at the Republican senator during the Astros' World Series championship parade on Nov. 7.

Harris County Courtroom

Criminal Justice

A.J. Armstrong, facing third capital murder trial in parents’ 2016 deaths, has grandparents’ support

Posted on · Keith Whitely and Kay Winston asked the Harris County District Attorney's Office to stop pursuing a conviction against their grandson, saying they believe he is innocent.

Migos Rapper Takeoff

Criminal Justice

‘Concerned citizen’ posts $1 million bond for Patrick Clark, the Houston-area man accused of fatally shooting Migos rapper Takeoff

Posted on · Clark had been jailed since his Dec. 1 arrest and was originally being held on a $2 million bond, which was subsequently reduced by half by a Harris County district court judge.