Judge Hazel Jones of Houston had to summon for security in her courtroom when Abel Alvarez flew at Frank DeLeon, 17, in retaliation for the January 11 death of Alvarez’s sister Diamond Alvarez, 16.
Diamond was shot 22 times as she walked the family dog, Peanut, near her home.
Her on-off boyfriend DeLeon, 17, was arrested on January 17 and charged with her murder.
DeLeon was freed on a $250,000 bond, but was taken back into custody on Monday after his ankle monitor showed he had left house arrest without alerting authorities. His family said it was to go to church; the Alvarez family said the church was closed on Monday.
‘You have to remember the emotion in this family is high,’ said Cesar Espinosa, an advocate for immigrants with FIEL, the largest immigrant rights organization in Texas (Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha).
‘We ask the public to put yourself in this family’s shoes. What would you do if you had to face your daughter’s killer in court?’
The Alvarez family live near the DeLeon family, less than two minutes away, Fox 26 reported.
Judge Hazel Jones reinstated DeLeon’s bond, after the ankle monitoring company admitted it could have been a glitch, and the teenager walked out of court with his relatives.
Alvarez’s mother, Anna Machado, said she was frightened for the safety of the family.
‘I’m mad, I’m angry. He’s laughing at all of this, it’s a joke,’ she said.
‘I’ve been screaming for my safety, I’ve been screaming. I’m scared.
‘Right now they’re celebrating his f****** a** at home, hugging him, laughing at me, laughing at Diamond.
‘I’m tired. I’m done.
‘I want to laugh with my daughter. I want to hear my daughter laugh, too. I have to listen to videos to hear her voice.’