HPD chief answers questions about Josue Flores murder case
HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made a plea to the public Wednesday, to help finally solve the murder of Josue Flores.
"There's obviously a reward from Crime Stoppers but that's not what should motivate. (What should motivate) you is to be part of bringing justice to the Flores family, to that sweet little boy and peace to our community," Acevedo said during a news conference.
His comments come one day after the Harris County District Attorney's Office announced they were dropping the murder indictment against 27-year-old Andre Jackson, who was arrested in the case last year.
Evidence tested at the Department of Public Safety crime lab came back inconclusive as a match for Jackson, even excluding him as a suspect in some cases.
Prosecutors said without it, they didn't feel they could get a conviction.
But Acevedo said DNA evidence is only a part of the puzzle.
"We might have three witnesses or five witnesses, and a jury will say somewhere in the country, 'Hey, but what about the DNA?' because that's what we see on television," he said.
Acevedo would not openly disagree with the DA's decision, but stood behind the work of his homicide detectives.
"It's a tough call for the DA We feel we had a good suspect, but ultimately it is not our decision."
Acevedo is planning a community forum for the Near North Side sometime next week.
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