HOUSTON – Charges were dropped Tuesday against the second person who was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of 11-year-old Josue Flores.
Prosecutors said DNA evidence made it impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Andre Jackson, 27, who was charged with murder in connection with the May 17, 2016, stabbing, is responsible for the crime. However, they said Jackson is still a suspect in the case.
Investigators said Jackson was the person seen in surveillance video running on Fulton Street after Josue was killed. They said that after Jackson was arrested he admitted to being the person in the video.
"It’s a shock but nothing will bring back my little brother, no matter what I feel, so I just try to have positive thoughts. And look out for others and help others as much as I can,” Josue's sister said.
Acevedo released the following statement about the case:
"At the time of the arrest, our homicide investigators developed sufficient probably cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Andre Jackson for the murder of Josue Flores. That evidence was submitted to the DA's office and charges were filed on the suspect.
"Following today's announcement that charges are being dropped against Mr. Jackson, we are now looking at this case as an ongoing murder investigation and will devote whatever resources needed to bring closure to the Flores family.
"Our homicide detectives believed then and continue to believe that Mr. Jackson is the suspect in this case. We ask anyone who has any information in the case to contact HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
"I've reached out to the Flores family to extend our commitment to the pursuit of justice for their beloved son, Josue, and the entire Flores family."
Jackson was the second person investigators arrested in connection with Josue's death.
The first person, Che Calhoun, was released after police said his alibi proved he was in Pearland at the time Flores was killed.
Investigators said Josue was stabbed 20 times while he was walking home from Marshall Middle School.