A woman got killed during a robbery outside a McDonald’s. During the incident, the suspect was out on bond. The family then called out the judge who granted the bond that led to the suspect being temporarily free.
The victim is Martha Medina of Houston, Texas. The suspect, on the other hand, is 40-year-old Andrew Williams.
Suspect Out On Bond When Robbery Happened
Medina got killed at the 400 block of Uvalde Road in east Harris County last month. ABC 13 reported that, per the records, Williams is accused of stealing Medina’s purse. Later, he hit her with his car then took off.
Court records also showed that Williams was out on bond when he committed the robbery that killed Medina. Williams was initially in jail for a capital murder charge in 2019, and he was out on bond from such a charge. Later, he was also charged with aggravated assault, and likewise, he was out on bond from the charge.
Now, Williams is again charged with capital murder for Medina’s death.
Medina’s Family Blasts Judge For Granting Bond
The family of Medina held a vigil for her over the weekend alongside community members and advocates. The vigil was to honor Medina, and it took place at the Guadalupe Plaza, exactly one month after Medina got killed.
ABC 13 quoted the daughter of Medina, Lourdes, saying, “My mom is gone. I know nothing’s bringing her back, but I’m doing this not just for her memory, but because I’m tired of seeing this across the city.” Lourdes and her brother, Adrian, believe that the judge needs to be held accountable for allowing Williams to be out on bond despite the previous charges against him.
The family continued to tell ABC 13 that they are both sad and empowered because of what happened, and now they want to get a message across the city and to the judges that continue to let repeat offenders out. The judge who let Williams out on bond despite being a repeat violent offender is Hilary Unger. Medina’s family said she is not the only judge who does this, and they feel Unger has just as much blood in her hands for their mother’s death as much as Williams.
Judge Sends E-Mail Regarding The Incident
Unger told ABC13 through an e-mail that the Canons prohibit her from talking about pending matters. She then directed the news outlet to the clerk’s file regarding the incident and the Court of Criminal Procedure and the Texas Constitution, which required her to set bail.