HOUSTON – Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and the family of Pamela Turner held a news conference Thursday to address the indictment of the officer involved in Turner’s death.
Baytown police Officer Juan Delacruz turned himself into police custody Tuesday following the indictment. He is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, and according to Crump, the district attorney got it right because there is proof enough for a conviction. The charge is graded as a felony 1, which means he can face from five years up to life in prison.
“It is the equivalent of murder,” Crump said.
Turner’s daughter, Chelsie Rubin and sister, Antoinette Dorsey-James both said they were happy about the indictment as it was the first step to getting Turner the justice she deserves.
“This is one step closer to getting the justice that my mom deserves and allowing her to rest respectfully... Juan Delacruz deserves to be punished for the crime that he committed, he took my mother’s life, she will never come back, I will never hear her voice again,” Rubin said.
Dorsey-James said she hopes Delacruz is convicted and receives the maximum sentence.
“Delacruz took a beautiful soul, a loving person away from us and every day is harder and harder,” Dorsey-James said.
Prior to the news conference, Crump released a statement that said: