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A Marine Corps veteran, has been rearrested and charged, in 2016, the killing of an 11-year-old Houston boy who was stabbed as he walked home from school, authorities said Tuesday.
Andre, Timothy Jackson, Jr., 30, had been arrested by Houston police department officers who had him under surveillance for a couple of days. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told reporters the indictment was handed down by a grand jury, which, after the authorities have presented new, tested scientific evidence to prove that.” Ogg, declined to discuss the evidence, except to say that it had been sent to a laboratory in the Florida keys. However, the authorities have said that the newly tested DNA evidence is found, the victim’s 11-year-old Joshua Flores.
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“We believe that now we are able to bring justice to Joshua’s family,” Ogg said.
Flores was killed on May 17, 2016, and, as he walked home from a science club’s meeting held at Marshall Middle School, located just north of the city of Houston, texas. Authorities said the boy had been stabbed at least 20 times.
Jackson was arrested and charged with Flores’ murder, weeks after the murder, but prosecutors dropped the charge in July 2017, saying there was not enough evidence to try him, or to uphold a way of life.
Andre, Timothy Jackson, Jr. was indicted by a grand jury in Houston, texas, in the death of Joshua Flores. (Houston Police Department / Harris County Sheriff’s Office)
Houston’s Executive Assistant police chief Troy Finner, said Tuesday he’s still a suspect to the investigators.
“In the past 3 years, our department has been working tirelessly to bring justice to the leadership of Joshua, the family’s Food, and our extended community,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement. “we are looking forward to the support of the family of Flores, if this is the case by the criminal court.”
Jackson had been living in a Salvation Army shelter when he was arrested and imprisoned in 2016. Finner said the officers on Tuesday and took him into custody during a traffic stop in Baytown, a suburb of Houston, texas, where he now resides.
In a YouTube video published last month after a police press conference will be held on the third anniversary date of Joshua’s long time to kill, Jackson proclaimed his innocence and criticized the police for continuing to give him the name of a suspect in the case.
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Jackson called the police, a news conference to be held in May, was a “publicity stunt” and “a form of intimidation.”
“I’m not Joshua’s killer to justice. I’m not a killer,” he said.
Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, said he and Acevedo visited with jesus in the family last week to let them know about the new developments in the case.
“We can’t go back to Joshua, but we will be able to bring justice to his memory, and to the protection of the other children in the community,” Turner said.
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Jackson wasn’t the first person to be charged in the case.
The 31-year-old man with a long criminal history is charged with day after the murder, but that was dropped when the detectives find evidence in support of his alibi.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.