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Surveillance Video in Boy's Fatal Stabbing 1900 Fulton on 5-17-16 | Houston Police Department
July 28, 2017
Two weeks ago, charges were dropped against Andre Jackson the man accused of killing the boy after DNA test results came back. Jackson had been in jail for more than a year.
In an interview via Skype on Friday, Jackson, now 28, said, “I did not kill Josue and I am not his killer.”
Josue was walking home from Marshall Middle School on May 17, 2016. Someone stabbed him more than 20 times.
Jackson insists, “I would never attack a child. I would never kill anyone.”
The sixth grader died on Fulton Street, not far from his family's Near Northside home. Jackson added, “I send my condolences and I pray for them.”
Houston Police say though charges were dropped, Jackson remains the primary suspect. He was arrested about two weeks after the murder, after multiple surveillance cameras showed him in the area during the time, running.
What was he doing that afternoon? Jackson says, “All I want to leave it as is I was on my way to the library around that time.”
Jackson was released in July when DNA results came back. The Harris County D.A.’s Office says there is no match to Andre Jackson in any instance.
Jackson who was staying at a Salvation Army shelter says, “They were trying to emphasize I was homeless. I was a student that day as well.”
He feels he is a victim of “institutional racism” and stereotypes of the homeless.
As for questions about his mental health?
“They tried to come to me with Facebook posts from years ago, talking about being depressed and homeless. But that's pretty much meaningless. I’m not suicidal. I wasn't suicidal. Sometimes young people talk in slang.” he said.
Andre Jackson in July 2017: 'I did not kill Josue'
ETA: AJ spent a year in jail before being released. What was his mental health during this time. Did he exhibit any signs of psychosis? He's accused of violently stabbing a child more than 20 times in broad daylight....
Houston Police on Twitter
FIRST LOOK: Here is the booking photo of Andre Timothy Jackson, charged with murder in the 263rd State District Court in the death of 11-year-old Josue Flores. #hounews
6:21 PM - 18 Jun 2019
July 18, 2017
Timeline: The heartbreaking case of Josue Flores
May 17, 2016
Josue Flores stabbed to death
Flores, 11, was walking home from Marshall Middle School in his Near Northside neighborhood when he was stabbed 20 times. Witnesses reported seeing a man and Josue struggle before Josue collapsed into some grass. The suspect fled and a bystander flagged down police. Another neighbor apparently got into a vehicle to chase the suspect, but he slipped away. Josue stayed after school late for an end-of-the-year science club party. His sister, Sofia, said he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. "But I know he's going to be my guardian angel," she said.
May 18, 2016
Houston police make first arrest
Police said tips lead them to him. He matched the description of the attacker and was involved in an altercation at a nearby bus stop at North Main near Quitman the day before the murder. He punched another person in front of a METRO officer and was Tased. He ran from that, but left his bag with his ID in it. A witness of the Josue Flores murder picked him out of a photo lineup. He told police he was innocent and had an alibi
May 18, 2016
Marchers demand justice for Josue
More than 100 people march through the streets of north Houston where Josue was killed.
May 19, 2016
A homeless problem'
Hundreds of people packed a meeting to talk about the homeless problem in Josue's neighborhood. The Flores family and Mayor Sylvester Turner attended.
May 20, 2016
Charges were dropped against Che Calhoun after surveillance video proved he was in Pearland when Josue was murdered. Detectives were back to square one.
May 21, 2016
Vigil for Josue
Marshall Middle School held a vigil for Josue. Students prepared songs and even an interpretive dance that brought almost everyone in the crowd to tears.
May 22, 2016
Hundreds line up at a barbecue fundraiser to help the Flores family pay for Josue's funeral.
May 23, 2016
Hundreds of people lined up at the viewing for 11-year-old Josue Flores. His small casket was flanked by photos of a bright, smiling boy. Josue's sister, 24-year-old Guadalupe, told her mourners her tragic loss has turned into a spiritual gain. "I'm going to do the best that I can to help people. I just want to spread Josue's love."
May 24, 2016
A final goodbye
More than 500 people packed a small Catholic church to say their final farewell to Josue. On the same day he was laid to rest, surveillance video is released showing Josue's final moments during that fateful walk home.
May 25, 2016
Murder weapon found?
Police find a knife “a number of blocks” away from where Josue’s body was discovered. The knife was spotted in a storm sewer by a passerby. They later decided the knife was not used in the attack.
May 27, 2016
Houston police and CrimeStoppers are offering a $20,000 reward information leading to the arrest and conviction in Josue Flores' murder.
June 1, 2016
Community calls for justice & unity
Demonstrators gathered again to march down Fulton Street and past Marshall Middle School. Like other marches, participants demanded justice for Josue. But they also called for unity between blacks and Latinos. Josue was Hispanic. The suspect being sought is black.
June 2, 2016
Person of Interest'
HPD releases video of "person of interest" in Flores case. Investigators said the person of interest in the new video matches the description of the suspect seen running 4 minutes after Josue's murder. The suspect had facial hair, black pants and a green jacket with partial letters reading “LYMEN.”
June 3, 2016
Murder charges filed
Andre Jackson, 27, was arrested and charged with the murder of Josue Flores.
June 4, 2016
Murder suspect in court
Andre Jackson makes his first court appearance. The judge ordered him held on a $100,000 bond.
June 5, 2016
Jackson sobs in court
Andre Jackson sobs as disturbing details in the Josue Flores case are read aloud in a courtroom. Prosecutors said Jackson admitted to being the man on captured multiple surveillance cameras and admitted to being in the area when Flores was attacked. Jackson had been staying at the nearby Salvation Army homeless shelter.
June 8, 2016
Residents demand change
Near Northside parents fed up with crimes committed by the homeless crowded Houston City Hall to demand change.
June 16, 2016
New details emerge
Andre Jackson, a homeless former Marine, claimed he has PTSD. Jackson had been arrested at least two times in Harris County before Josue Flores was stabbed.
Aug. 10, 2016
Community gathers for Josue's 12th birthday
A vigil was held for Josue on what would have been his 12th birthday.
Aug. 20, 2016
Community bands together
Josue's neighborhood launches Safe Walk Home Northside to help keep other children safe as they walk home from school. Dozens of people signed up to stand on their porches and watch the kids each day. They were also trained on first aid and how to identify suspects.
Oct. 5, 2016
Vagrants, drugs & prostitution
Near Northside residents petition for expansion of civility ordinance. People in Josue's neighborhood say they’re fed up with the vagrants, drugs, and prostitution in their neighborhood. Now, they're asking the city to take a stand so that their families don’t have to live in fear anymore.
May 18, 2017
Memorial service for Josue on one-year anniversary of his heartbreaking death. "It's been really hard," said Guadalupe Flores, Josue's older sister. "As long as we love him, the pain is to be there. We miss him."
July 18, 2017
Prosecutors announce they have dropped charges against Andre Jackson because DNA evidence was inconclusive. They said it took more than a year to get the results. "Rather than risk double jeopardy by trying to go to trial in a case where the evidence is too weak and then be forever barred from going after him or anybody else, for practical purposes, it is our decision to dismiss the charges and release the man from jail," said Tom Berg with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. They say Jackson is still a suspect in the case.
July 19, 2017
Killer is out in the community'
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference: "It's a tough case, but it's a case we're not going to give up on, and it's a case we're going to continue to pursue. My heart aches for the Flores family and the entire community." Acevedo added, "We know that there's a killer out in the community."
July 28, 2017
Andre Jackson speaks out
“I did not kill Josue and I am not his killer,” Jackson said in a Skype interview with KHOU. "I would never attack a child. I would never kill anyone." Jackson later added, "I send my condolences and I pray for them."
June 18, 2019
Andre Jackson was arrested by the Houston Police Department for Flores' murder after a grand jury indictment. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said newly tested DNA evidence linked Jackson to the crime.
Timeline: The heartbreaking case of Josue Flores
Andre Jackson charged in Josue Flores' killing
Who is Andre Jackson, the man police say killed Josue Flores?
Community members gather at site of Josue Flores' murder
Residents in Josue Flores' neighborhood launch school safety campaign
Andre Jackson in July 2017: 'I did not kill Josue'
HPD Chief Acevedo: Josue Flores' killer is out in the community
May 17, 2019
HPD chief defies judge's order to return Josue Flores evidence
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In a move that shocked the Houston Police Department, a judge approved a motion to return evidence to the prime suspect in Josue Flores' murder investigation.
Chief Art Acevedo spoke only to ABC13 Eyewitness News about the development he says could hurt the investigation.
"Over our dead body," Chief Acevedo told ABC13. "We're going to fight this tooth and nail."
Court records show Andre Jackson's defense attorney first filed a motion to have his property returned in May 2018. It was not until recently, in March, that a judge approved the motion. bbm
Sources tell Eyewitness News that when Jackson showed up to the station to try and retrieve his property, they refused to give it back.
Now, a legal battle has ensued.
"We're going to file every legal strategy we can, and file every motion we have to, to protect that evidence," Acevedo said.
According to HPD and the district attorney's office, Jackson is still considered a suspect in Josue's murder investigation.
Jackson was charged in 2016, but those charges were later dropped when the district attorney's office said DNA evidence was inconclusive.
"The technology gets better and better in this area in terms of extraction of DNA, so we would be remiss to not fight tooth and nail to get evidence of a person that has been previously charged," Acevedo added.
ETA: Was this motion the fire at the feet of the DA to recharge Jackson? With no motive for why a decorated marine would stab am 11 year old child to death in broad daylight, I believe scientific evidence will be critical to get justice for Josue. MOO
Camera captures final moments of Josue Flores' life
Josue Flores last moments -- walking home from school-- carrying back pack secure on his back, and sweater tied at his waist.
JUNE 18, 2019
Why the DA's office and HPOU are at odds over Josue Flores case
Since the charges against him were dismissed, Andre Jackson had been asking the court to order Houston police to return the personal items officers seized the first time he was arrested.
Court records show a judge granted that motion earlier this year. Houston police, however, refused to comply, stating that, since Jackson was still a suspect in Josue Flores’ murder, many of the items seized were needed as part of the ongoing investigation.
A staff attorney for the Houston Police Department asked the judge to reconsider handing the evidence over to Jackson.
(See HPD's legal filing within the article)
This point also brought criticism from the president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, Joe Gamaldi, regarding Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
(See Gamaldi's statement within the article)
Houston Police Department officials said, with the help of the FBI, evidence gathered the first time Jackson was arrested was rested at a Florida lab that utilizes more advanced DNA testing techniques that were not readily available in 2016.
DA's Office statement
Ogg’s office fired back at the Police Officers' Union.
This is a statement from Dane Schiller, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office:
“The evidence relied upon for further testing had already been preserved. Officer Gamaldi has never been part of this investigation and it is irresponsible and inappropriate for a labor representative to speculate about evidence in an ongoing prosecution – especially one when he does not have first-hand information as to what is actually taking place. He is yet again exploiting the emotions of crime victims and misleading the public to draw attention to himself.”
Ivory Hecker FOX 26 on Twitter
VIDEO: Police make arrest in stabbing death of 11-year-old Josue Flores
6:43 PM - 18 Jun 2019
Noted from the video:
The DNA tests in 2017 were inconclusive and AJ was released however, LE still considered him a POI.
The Cold Case Unit learned about a new DNA test which provided the evidence LE needed.
Police said evidence from the crime scene was sent to a DNA testing facility in Florida. Once it was received, they waited for the Grand Jury's indictment.
Meanwhile, LE had AJ under surveillance 24/7 until he was arrested on a traffic stop in Baytown.
Friends, family of 11-year-old Josue Flores react to new indictment
For more than three years, many people have stopped at the memorial on James and Fulton streets in north Houston to pay their respects to a child killed while walking home from school.
JV, a representative for the Flores family, said that it has been a long struggle to get to this day.
“It is stressful, a lot of tears a lot of sadness and concern,” Vega said. “It has been three years too long. It is about time and it’s a sense of relief for them to know that he has actually been indicted.”
Vega said the indictment is a step forward but the fight to honor Josue isn’t over.
“We won’t stop until justice is served, we can’t celebrate yet. That is the point we are making,” Vega said.
This poor family. And that poor, sweet boy.
He was just a kid, minding his own business and walking home from school.
The suspect charged with the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores will appear in court today...
KHOU 11 News Top Headlines at 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Michelle Choi on Twitter
A moment YEARS in the making. @8:30 am today, Andre Jackson, the man charged w/ murdering little #JosueFlores will stand before a judg. He's back in jail, this time charged w/ murder after new DNA evidence found on his jacket linked him to crime. #khou11 #htownrush
5:55 AM - 19 Jun 2019 from Houston, TX
Erica Simon on Twitter
ICYMI: Andre Jackson, who was once arrested for the murder of 11 y/o Josue Flores (and released) has been arrested AGAIN & officially charged. I wasn’t in Houston when this case made headlines, but wow. People waited years for justice. https://abc13.com/5351612/?ex_cid=ShareNow …
6:02 AM - 19 Jun 2019
JUN 18, 2019
What's next for Andre Jackson?
KHOU 11 legal analyst Gerald Treece thinks Andre Jackson’s fate hinges on science and could be decided before trial.
Twice police linked Jackson the 2016 murder of Flores based on DNA found on Andre Jackson’s jacket. The first time, prosecutors said DNA and blood analysis proved “at best inconclusive and in some regards exclude Jackson as a suspect.”
“It was tested by a lab that had superior capabilities to the first lab that tested it several years ago,” said Kim Ogg, the Harris County District Attorney.
Treece sees one potential problem. Conflicting results demand explanations that Jackson’s lawyers could exploit, Treece said.
“It all depends on the science,” he added. “(Jackson’s lawyers are) going to go through every hurdle and every hoop to see if the science is right to see if it matches up correctly. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see expert testimony on that issue. This is before trial.”
Authorities held on to Jackson’s jacket for more than three years. Detectives believe he was the last person with Flores. Investigators waited for science to bring them better ways to prove it.
This spring, detectives found a lab in Florida able to do so. The FBI paid for the testing, according to Houston Police.
Unless his defense proves Jackson was set up or that prosecutors botched evidence, Treece sees one outcome.
“If this science is held to be legitimate, valid, proper in every way I think the defendant is going to have a hard time,” Treece said.
In that scenario, Treece also would not be surprised to see a guilty plea accepted to save Jackson’s life.
JUN 18, 2019
Remembering Josue Flores: What we know about 11-year-old boy senselessly killed
Josue loved math and science, and had stayed late at school to work with the science club.
"He had a bright future. He was very obedient and he was giving. You give him $10, he would buy everyone else something before he bought himself something," his mother Maria Flores said.
Josue was a sixth grader at Marshall Middle School. Josue's sister, Sophia, says he loved to draw, play soccer and wanted to be a doctor when he was older.
JUN 19, 2019
Man charged in Josue Flores' stabbing expected to make first court appearance
Now, prosecutors said new advanced DNA testing on a jacket initially seized from Jackson’s home does show a match to Josue.
“Evidence doesn’t take sides," said Wice. "Evidence doesn’t have an agenda. Evidence doesn’t see it as personal. It sees proof beyond a reasonable doubt as a standard by which anybody accused of any crime is judged."
Wice said generally people believe justice delayed is justice denied, but he said this is an exception.
“What we learned in the wake of the grand jury handing a murder indictment against Mr. Jackson is that sometimes, a delay ultimately helps the State of Texas and law enforcement,” said Wice.
Marcelino Benito on Twitter
#JosuesFlores accused killer Andre Jackson is in the courthouse, but will not be coming out before the judge or TV cameras. Judge does not want this to become a “media circus” #KHOU11 #HtownRush
9:04 AM - 19 Jun 2019
Marcelino Benito on Twitter (VIDEO)
Here’s a glimpse of #JosueFlores accused killer Andre Jackson leaving courthouse moments ago. He said “I’m Grace Jones son Fox” as he walked by cameras #KHOU11 #HtownRush
9:28 AM - 19 Jun 2019
Michelle Choi on Twitter (VIDEO)
BREAKING: handcuffed & surrounded by a heavy police escort, Andre Jackson, charged w/ murder of 11 yo #JosueFlores just left the courtroom here at the HC Justice center, he was here to appear for his arraignment. He also had a few words to say to our cameras. #khou11 #HtownRush
9:35 AM - 19 Jun 2019
Watch: Andre Jackson says he's 'Grace Jones' son' at courthouse
Marcelino Benito on Twitter (VIDEO)
Complete silence. #JosueFlores accused killer Andre Jackson’s family members refuse to answer questions as they leave the courtroom. #KHOU11 #HtownRush
9:49 AM - 19 Jun 2019
JOSUE FLORES MURDER: Previous suspect arrested and charged in boy's stabbing death makes first court appearance
The man charged again in the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores made his first court appearance Wednesday.
ABC13 was there as a handcuffed Andre Jackson was walked out into the hallway and said what sounded like, "I'm Grace Jones' son."
KPRC Cathy Hernandez on Twitter (VIDEO)
#BREAKING: Deputies just escorted Andre Jackson back to the jail. His hearing was reset and he will not appear before the judge today. @KPRC2 #kprc2
10:11 AM - 19 Jun 2019 from Houston, TX
Sorry... who is grace jones? His actual mother?
That was strange. I have a feeling he is going to try an insanity defense of some sort. I hope he's found competent to stand trial. Josue's family have waited long enough for Justice. MOO.