HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a 9-year-old Houston girl who died after she was shot by a man who had opened fire when he was robbed at an ATM say they remain angered by a grand jury’s decision to not indict the man.
Tony Earls had been charged with aggravated assault, serious bodily injury, in the Feb. 14 death of Arlene Alvarez.
But a Harris County grand jury in Houston on Tuesday declined to indict him on that charge or several others, including murder.
A legal expert says the grand jury’s decision was not surprising as Texas law gives very broad self-defense right to people carrying guns.
Earls’ attorneys say he still grieves Alvarez’s death but the grand jury made the right decision.