HOUSTON – Jacket prosecutors say the killer of Josue Flores had with him as he stabbed the 11-year-old to death was admitted into evidence today as the defense continues to ask the judge to drop the charges against Andrew Jackson.
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That green jacket, which prosecutors say tested positive for Flores’ DNA, is a key reason defense attorneys are calling for the case against Jackson to be thrown out because they say investigators Houston police handled the jacket before obtaining a search warrant. Something detectives say isn’t true, and the judge has repeatedly denied the defense’s dismissal requests.
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Some members of the community who are devastated after the murder of the 11-year-old child sat at the trial in disgust, as the courtroom became a verbal battleground with Jackson’s defense attorney accusing Lt. Houston police who arrested Jackson for changing his story as he testified in court, though the detective says he simply misspoke.
“The defense is too aggressive in attacking the policeman, attacking his memory. It’s been six years. The defense is very aggressive,” LULAC’s Agustin Pinedo said.
The defense also accused the prosecutor of shaking his head to give a witness an answer. “It’s very frustrating that they (the defence) can get away with it,” added Pinedo.
Investigators say that after obtaining a search warrant, they recovered the green jacket, which bears distinctive lettering on the hood, from the back of a chair in the Salvation Army room where Jackson was staying. They say they recognized the jacket as the one the accused killer was wearing in surveillance footage as he left the area after the 11-year-old was stabbed more than 20 times in an unprovoked attack.
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Flores’ father was again in court supported by several members of the community. “We hope and pray that justice will prevail at the end of this ordeal because the family is hurting, the community is hurting,” Pinedo said.
Four witnesses also testified; two of them cried on the stand saying they rushed to help after seeing what they thought was a man who approached the child and started hitting him, and they say that as quickly as the man attacked, he suddenly ran away.
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A man jumped into his van to chase the killer and followed him for several blocks before losing sight of him. This man says that before Josue Flores died, he said, “I just want to go home.”