After sitting in jail for three years, a Harris County judge reduced bail for a capital murder defendant who was facing up to 30 years in prison. Just three months after posting the lowered bond, that defendant has been accused of murder—again.
According to court documents, Rene Alfredo Alvarado Lopez was out on bond for a previous DWI charge when he allegedly committed a hit-and-run under the influence, killing a two-year-old boy in Houston.
In the past two years, 182 Houstonians have allegedly been killedat the hands of repeat violent offendersfree from jail on multiple felony or personal recognizance bonds. Only 20 of the accused murderers have been convicted.
Despite at least four bond violations, Maysha Talat’s accused killer remains free in Houston today. “We are not safe when violent offenders are given a slap on the wrist and allowed to live their lives while my sister is six feet under.”
A Texas judge granted a meager $100 bond to registered sex offender Baloch Yousef, who attempted to sexually assault a grandmother in broad daylight in a gym parking lot. Defendants are typically only required to pay 10 percent of the total bond amount to be released from jail. In this case, that’s just $10.