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Man charged with shooting neighbor to death in Spring appears in court

HOUSTON – The man accused of killing his neighbor during a dispute appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Right as Campos walked into the courthouse, Ana Weed's family, specifically her husband, Scott, was waiting there for him. They looked right at him, but Campos did not look back.

Weed's mother told KPRC that she fears for her life because Campos is free. 

"I've seen this guy last month, and I see him now, and he is free. He goes to the grocery store, and my friends have seen him there," said Weed's mother Virginia Montalvo. "I live in fear because of this man. He has to be. He has to be kept in prison. He is a criminal and the criminals belong in prison."

Inside the courtroom, Campos sat by himself in the jury box to keep his distance from Weed's family.

Hector Arturo Campos is charged with murder in the death of Ana Weed after an alleged ongoing dispute over her dogs, deputies said. 

VIDEO: Hector Arturo Campos in court

Campos was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, during which time he did not enter a plea deal. 

However, Campos' attorney Jon Parchman said that he will plead not guilty during his next court date on April 27th.

Campos' attorney previously told KPRC, "Once all of the details of this incident are presented, we are confident he will be exonerated of any wrongdoing." 

Prosecutors said that Campos admitted to the shooting, but claimed it was in self-defense. 

Parchman said Campos was backing up as Weed's dogs were nipping at his feet and she attempted to grab his throat with tape.

The shooting happened off Mourning Dove Drive near FM 2920. 

Neighbors told KPRC that Campos and Ana Weed, who lived next door to each other, had been arguing when the Campos reportedly kicked the Ana Weed's dogs and pulled out a gun. He fired one shot that proved fatal, police said.

“All we know is the female was shot once in the chest,” said Sgt. Ben Beall, of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “We do have a witness to the shooting.”

Her friends said that Campos blamed Weed for his wife leaving him. Weed reportedly helped his wife get back to Mexico to be with her family. Campos is also said to not be fond of Ana's dogs.